Thursday 13th February 2014 marks World Radio Day – celebrating the medium which reaches the widest global audience.
Youth community radio station Bolt FM has committed 12 hours of diverse broadcasting to the celebration, created and delivered by around 35 Glasgow youths.
Bolt FM has been working in partnership with Smithycroft Secondary School in the North East of Glasgow, to accredit youngsters with radio qualifications, along with young people from Haghill, Cranhill, Ruchazie, Riddrie and Blackhill.
The broadcast will take place from Smithycroft and Blackhill next Thursday from 9 am till 9 pm and can be accessed by tuning in to the website: www.boltfm.co.uk
Supported by parent organisation, St Paul’s Youth Forum, Bolt FM is committed to delivering accredited radio training across the North East of Glasgow. The station has not only delivered worthwhile training but has also reduced gang violence. It is championed by the Scottish Government as good practice in being able to give young people a voice, especially for the marginalised and excluded who may not have had the opportunity to have their say elsewhere. This fits in fantastically with the aims of World Radio Day.
Cameron King, project worker at Bolt FM said “This day of celebration will enable the young people, who we have been working with for the past 3 months, the chance to showcase all their radio skills they have been developing as part of gaining dynamic youth and youth achievement awards.”
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the organisation behind World Radio Day, recognising the radio as a way to promote international cooperation between broadcasters and a way to encourage freedom of expression over the airwaves.
As radio continues to grow and develop in the digital age, it has been recognised as an essential way to help with UNESCO’s aims in gender equality and women’s empowerment – and Bolt FM see it as a great way to involve young people in these aims.
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