St Francis of Assisi helps radio stars find their voice

Academy 'honoured to be involved'

Students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi hit the airwaves to help celebrate ten years of Liverpool Community Radio (LCR).

Ten Year 8 pupils enjoyed slots as DJs between 11 and 15 December on Liverpool's only full-time community radio station, based on Holt Road in Kensington. They worked with the LCR team to write scripts, learn how to use equipment and practise their voiceovers – and even paid a visit to the studios to record jingles for their shows. The pupils then divided into pairs with each presenting a two-hour slot on the station, which has moved back to FM frequencies to mark its tenth anniversary.

In May 2007 Kensington Vision CIC was set up and began to develop community radio in Liverpool. This eventually evolved into LCR, a not-for-profit station run primarily by volunteers.

Year 8 students from the academy had presented a series of breakfast shows on the station on its launch and head of school, Tracey Greenough, was delighted by the school's renewed involvement.

"This has been a wonderful community project for our Year 8 students, who have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the creative and technical aspects of radio broadcasting," she said. "We were honoured to be involved in the station's launch ten years ago, so to be invited back for its special anniversary was fantastic."