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The Work Experience Takeover! 12th-23rd October 2015

Written by on 23rd October 2015

For the past two weeks Siren FM welcomed nine extremely talented work experience students.

The week one group had this to say:

“This week we have been doing a variety of tasks for work experience at Siren FM.

Our names our Nathan, Alice, Ollie, Jordan & Alicia – we are from William Farr School.

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Arriving at Siren FM, we were nervous as it was our first day but we were introduced kindly and had a nice tour around with a health and safety talk and we met our lovely supervisors Su and Ryan.

On the first day we went on a show and after we wrote a news story about the Lancaster bomber which was later broadcast on a drive time show.

On our second day, in the morning we had to research some news stories, the ones we came across were local including ‘The Battle of the Loos Memorial’ which a few of us went down to see and broadcast what was going on.

That day we also interviewed many people on the topic of food prices decreasing.

Finally, summarising the last 3 days we visited The Collection and The Castle where we were taught a lot and we learnt about how to improvise on the spot. On the Thursday we had a listen to the audio and edited it for use on the radio, we also made an appearance on a show.

On our final day, we were given a tour of the Studios at the University which was an exciting opportunity.
We enjoyed every task we were given, each one taught us something useful about radio which was great fun!

We have loved every moment and we are hoping to volunteer in the future, we would recommend this experience to anyone else who wanted to get involved with the radio.”

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Our second group of work experience students have been Peter and James from Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, Rachael from De Aston School in Market Rasen and Jamie from Lincoln UTC. Throughout the week we’ve been putting them through their paces. Here’s what they had to say about their week in the world of radio……

This week we’ve been on air, researched news stories and edited our own recorded outdoor voice pieces from when we went to The Collection and The Castle.

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As soon as we walked through the door at Siren, Su and Ryan told us we were going to be on air within the hour! We were anxious to speak on air but Abbie and Tom made us feel very relaxed and assured everything would be okay – they were great.

On Tuesday we spent the day researching and writing up stories for the news bulletin. Jamie researched sport stories while James, Peter and Rachael wrote up a great piece on the predicted Orionid meteor shower.

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Then on Wednesday, we all took a tour of the Collection and Lincoln Castle, where we recorded voice pieces and learned about outside broadcasting and recording. We had a go at editing our work the very next day on Adobe Audition.

Tom Hinkley had us on his Alternative Lunch show on Thursday which we thoroughly enjoyed because we got to choose our own songs to play on air and talk about them.

We all agreed that the experience had been worthwhile and totally enjoyable – we have learnt about ourselves as well as learning about working in radio.