Pupils launch radio station

Clowne's Heritage High broadcast poscasts. The Generation Next are (from the left) Brandon Shaw, 14, Rhoma Ash, 15, Adam Maxfield, 15, Shaun Fell, 14, Oliver Taylor, 15 and Miss Emma Trevis.

Clowne's Heritage High broadcast poscasts. The Generation Next are (from the left) Brandon Shaw, 14, Rhoma Ash, 15, Adam Maxfield, 15, Shaun Fell, 14, Oliver Taylor, 15 and Miss Emma Trevis.

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TALENTED youngsters and business experts have joined forces to launch a new community radio station.

Clowne Enterprise Centre and the town’s Heritage High School, on Boughton Lane, teamed up to take the school’s internal radio station to a new level as Elastic FM with plans to develop it further in the future.

Business adviser Paul Davies, of the enterprise centre, said: “The school has been experimenting with internal broadcasts and we’re now exploring the idea of a community radio for Clowne and things are moving forward rapidly.”

Elastic FM, which was launched last month with music and a Fairytale Bridals’ fashion show, is producing computer podcasts but the long-term aim is to develop with live streaming on line.

It is hoped this will give youngsters a chance to develop their media, management and planning skills and businesses will be able to promote their work and the station will be another way for the community to learn what is happening in their area.

Elastic FM has been funded by the centre, businesses and benefactors and it will include music, local and school news and business programmes and eventually hopes to provide 24 hour broadcasts with pre-recorded programmes.

Mr Davies added: “From the kids’ point of view it’s great fun but it’s also very educational and gives them great experience in broadcasting, presenting, management and planning.”

l Any volunteers and sponsors interested in supporting Elastic FM are urged to call Mr Davies on 07973 522772 or email studio@elasticfm.co.uk.

l If you were hosting a radio show in Derbyshire what issues would you discuss?

jon.cooper@derbyshiretimes.co.uk