Radio Youth Club Visit to Radio 1xtra

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On January 25th, 2018, the St. Anselm's Radio Youth Club went on a remarkable trip to the BBC in Marylebone to see the Radio 1 and 1xtra studios. We have been preparing every week on a Thursday, creating a radio podcast called Kennington Radio Group (KRG), with the help of Luke the Youth and Children’s Minister and Williams from Radio King (a Change-Up Business associate).

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Firstly, we were escorted by a chaperone- named Tanisha - and she took us to a range of exciting places (via glass elevators which had different radio stations playing as we went) such as, going inside the BBC radio 1 booths, the producing rooms and official departments. The booths had alternations for the different radio stations - the lights of the rooms would change, you could connect different recording booths to each other, and even the tables could move up and down automatically depending on your preference to stand or sit during recordings and this was all very intriguing. We also went into a producing room and we met an inspiring and very talented producer named Patrick, who shared the latest BBC 1xtra audio adverts with us. It was astonishing! Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing! The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.

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Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing!

The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.

Written by Chelsea Jessica Addo-Nortey

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