Walsall College’s in-house student radio station, Loud Online, has broadcast to thousands of shoppers at one of the town’s largest shopping centres for the very first time.
Eight students behind the College’s Loud Online radio station broadcast a two-hour show from the busy Saddlers Shopping Centre on Thursday 9th October as part of ongoing project work between the two businesses.
The Saddlers Shopping Centre, situated in the heart of Walsall town centre, welcomes up to 250,000 visitors every week and the radio show helped entertain customers with a variety of great music and lively discussions as well as the Centre’s tenant offers.
The show, which was broadcast from outside the large Argos store, was well received by shoppers and the students will be back on site again in early November. Media and Music students were involved in the transmission.
Level 3 Creative Media Production student Adam Parsons, 19, said: “We hosted the event to get people more involved in their community and ultimately our aim was to give shoppers a really fun time whilst giving us some valuable experience. It went really well and we’re looking forward to doing some more shows at the shopping centre very soon.”
Centre Manager, Angela Henderson, said: “It is fantastic to see the students at work – there is some great talent out there. This also gives them the opportunity to interact with the public and all age groups in the ‘real’ world and allows them to put their training into action.
“We hope to make this a regular occurrence at the Centre so we can showcase the talented students and the great work that goes on at Walsall College.”
Jane De Weijer, the College’s Community Development Officer, added: “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to really put the skills that they are learning into real action. The partnership with The Saddlers Shopping Centre, and their great support in letting us showcase what we can do, is fantastic.
“We have some very talented and motivated students who are keen to get out there and make a difference. Loud Online is a social enterprise and the community roadshow branch of the in-house radio station. We are keen to get out to schools, into the wider community and to support a variety of events.”