Local broadcaster Des Barber spoke to our Year 8 students during their recent project when they produced their own radio shows. Each of them made a 20-minute mp3 recording which they edited using GarageBand software. Mr Barber, from Corby Radio, spoke about his experience in the industry, gave them helpful insider tips and answered questions.
Teacher Mrs Farrell said: ‘Every Year 8 student devised their own radio show. They imported and downloaded tracks, wrote their own scripts, recorded their vocals and edited it all into a 20 minute radio show. Mr Barber came in to tell them about Corby Radio and how a radio show is put together.’
Mr Barber first started out as a DJ in the town. He began his career with KCBC (now Connect FM) and started Corby Radio in 1996 with a restricted service licence that allowed the station to broadcast for a month at a time. In 2009 they got a full time licence and now have a potential listenership of around 60,000. He said: ‘We know we are the preferred station for the town and most factories have Corby radio on. It is all about community and keeping listeners up-to-date with what is going on. I work seven days a week at the station. We have three full time staff and couldn’t run without our 40 volunteers.
‘My advice would be if you are really keen and want to get into radio you have to go in whole-heartedly and be prepared to roll your sleeves up. I’ve got too many favourite tracks to choose from but Queen’s ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’ is one of our anthems. We do have a mixture of live and pre-recorded pieces and I have met a lot of celebrities and politicians over the years.’
Corby Radio runs an academy scheme that trains young people in all aspects of broadcasting with some of their trainees going on to full-time careers in radio. For more information see the link below.