Radio station aims to give young people work experience

Now FM radio station manager Alan Sill, left, with editorial team members Nicholas McHale and David Purvis, right
Now FM radio station manager Alan Sill, left, with editorial team members Nicholas McHale and David Purvis, right
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A businessman is helping young people gain work experience by setting up a community radio station.

Alan Sill, from Peterlee, is hoping that getting young unemployed people on the air will help them gain the skills they’ll need when they find jobs.

The idea is to get people putting together news stories and programme content and getting creative to come up with new things that we can do.

Alan Sill

The 56-year-old, a freelance photographer, is in the process of setting up Now FM, an online station that will broadcast music, programmes and news.

The station is based inside Lee House at Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Yoden Way, Peterlee.

Alan said: “I wanted to do something to help unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds gain some work experience, and I had this empty office space at Lee House so decided to launch the radio station.

“The idea is to get people putting together news stories and programme content and getting creative to come up with new things that we can do.

“It would be great experience for young people who haven’t been able to find a job yet and it’ll get them out of their beds and doing something productive with their time, learning new skills and learning what it’s like to be in a working environment.”

Alan added: “I’ve run a radio station before at East Durham College so I know it’ll be good for the people getting involved.

“We’re looking for anyone who wants to come on the show to talk about something and for people to present programmes and work behind the scenes.

“We’re looking for people who have all sorts of skills to get involved, whether they want to present a show, find and read the news, or even if they just have really good organisational skills and want to help with the day-to-day running of the station.

“We’re also looking for guests to bring on the show. People can come on to talk about anything they want, from a charity night they’re organising to something they’ve achieved.”

To get involved, email Alan at alansillphotography@gmail.com