Free Radio DJs visit Concord for exciting radio workshops

Monday November 11, 2019

Former Free Radio DJs, Jo Jesmond and Ed Nell visited Concord recently, sharing their insights and experiences of radio stations to Concord’s music and drama students. The duo – who left their radio breakfast show earlier this year to set up Radio Active – now bring fun radio-related activities and courses to schools and companies to build confidence, improve communications skills and unlock creativity. Over the course of the day, Ed, Jo and visiting singer, Tom Anderson from English band VENUS DEMILO led two workshops in Concord’s Morris Building. The sessions provided students an excellent opportunity to develop their communication, tech and teamwork skills, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the inner workings of marketing and media industries. In a previous interview, Ed said: "Being able to speak with confidence and convey your message in an exciting way is such a vital skill in the modern world. “Both Jo and I are passionate about the power of the spoken word. "We want to help empower school pupils across Shropshire to make the most of their abilities. Being able to do that using the knowledge we have gained from more than 25 years in broadcasting is a real bonus." Said Concord’s Head of Music, Mr Stavros Kokkinos: “Students who took part honed their radio presentation skills by creating 30-second adverts, ready to go on air, whilst developing an understanding of the techniques and equipment used in a radio station. “As well as vital communication skills, the students produced some brilliant work.” Jo and Ed also praised the students’ creativity and added that “they made some amazing jingles and radio plays.” Form 5 student Barney, who is due to sit his BTEC music exam in January said: “It was a great event and really useful practical revision ahead of our exam. “It was good to translate our classroom learning to actual practical learnings and new experiences. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet people who have worked in the music-radio industry and ask questions about what it’s like to do so, and what skills and training are required.” Anders, a Form 4 student studying drama added: “It was beneficial to the drama students, since we can use inspiration from the vocal techniques learnt from making a podcast and apply it to our coursework.”