A new student radio station, W.A.C Radio at Warrington Collegiate went on air at 12 noon on Wednesday 23rd April, 2014. Run by students, it features a variety of student-produced programmes covering news, current affairs, music and entertainment.Daniel Miller launches WAC radio
After a welcome massage from 21 year old interactive media student, Daniel Miller, from Orford, the first record played was #Selfie by The Chainsmokers, a well-known song, popular on itunes in recent weeks.
A truly student-led project, the name of the station and its logo were created by Daniel. The station’s simple but stylish logo was inspired by students and is funky, bold and bright.
On flipping the switch on his first live broadcast, Daniel said, “As a media student, I’m excited about the launch of the station. I’ve been incredibly busy setting up interviews for this first show .Working on the station is going to be a brilliant experience.”
A short course with the National Student Radio Association gave Daniel the skills he needed to put together the programme content including jingles and playlists as well as recording interviews with some up and coming artists, some of whom he hopes to launch on the British music scene.
Daniel explains, “I’m thrilled to have captured the likes of Amelia Scalies, a charting Indie singer songwriter from Pennsylvania, who’s big in internet radio in the states, and UK band, Virgin Soldiers, who were first played in this country on BBC Radio 1. My scoop is American rock band, Dinner and a Suit, popular in the USA, but looking to break into the UK music scene. Remember you heard them first on W.A.C Radio.”
Sharon Lawrence, lecturer in ICT at Warrington Collegiate, who has been supporting Daniel says, “The radio is an excellent opportunity for our students to develop their broadcasting and technical skills in a professional environment. It will provide that valuable experience in presenting, developing programming, reporting and newsgathering that employers in the media are looking for, and that will benefit them hugely when they progress onto university and the industry.”
The station will broadcast daily with 24/7 live streaming throughout the day and auto-dj out of hours. Listeners can tune in live via radio.warrington.ac.uk