Oct 3 2012 By Zoe Drewett
FUTURE radio stars got their 15 minutes of fame on national radio last week.
The Breakfast Show presenters Christian O’Connell and Richie Firth visited the school on Thursday last week in search of budding radio presenters.
The show hosts held a careers Q&A session, telling the students how they got in to radio, and what it takes to be a national radio presenter.
The teens were then grilled ‘Dragons’ Den’ style on their pitches for a new radio feature – with the winning entry to be played live on air by the breakfast show team.
Presenter Christian O’Connell said: “It was great to meet the pupils at Vyners School who were a talented bunch and came up with some brilliant ideas.
“I just need to make sure they don’t start pitching to my boss or I’ll be out of a job.”
Successful students came up with a radio feature involving custard, and funny listener stories. Fifteen-year-olds Niamh Graham, Madiva Manning, Anne-Marie Knill, Jenny Perez, Beth Harvey, Shalini Prayag, Elsie Parsons, Emma Brady, Lily Fawsett, Jessy Manic and Bradley Smith came up with the ‘Loose Spittle’ game, in which Christian and Richie from Absolute had to hold custard in their mouths while listeners phoned-in with embarrassing transport stories. The caller won a prize if both presenters spat out their custard in a fit of giggles.
The DJ’s visit was planned after parent Liz Blaney entered a competition on the national radio station and nominated Vyners to receive the prize.
You can listen to the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio weekdays 6am to 10am on 105.8 FM in London and the South East, DAB Digital Radio, 1215 MW as well as mobile apps, digital TV and online at www.absoluteradio.co.uk.