Long Stratton DJ aims to emulate Bumfrey and Moyles

A TEENAGER with designs on becoming a radio DJ is giving fellow youngsters the chance to follow in the footsteps of Radio One's Chris Moyles or even Radio Norfolk's Stephen Bumfrey after setting up a new youth radio station.

A TEENAGER with designs on becoming a radio DJ is giving fellow youngsters the chance to follow in the footsteps of Radio One's Chris Moyles or even Radio Norfolk's Stephen Bumfrey after setting up a new youth radio station.

Teenagers are now being sought to get involved as presenters, producers, news readers and a range of other roles on the newly-created SNYA Radio station.

The Internet station is the brainchild of 13-year-old Josh Worley and with the help and backing of South Norfolk Youth Action it is expected to go live and on air in just over a month's time.

Josh, who is a pupil at Hethesett High School and who lives near Long Stratton, said: 'A couple of years ago a friend and I went on Radio Norfolk's Breakfast with Bumfrey and we read the news and it started from there.


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'I realised that that was what I wanted to do - I want to be like Stephen Bumfrey.'

Josh started doing small-scale Internet casts, and friends from school started to get interested and so he decided to investigate how he could set up a project that would reach more people.

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His local South Norfolk Councillor, Alison Thomas, put him in contact with South Norfolk Youth Action, and since then the teenager has been working fellow SNYA member Toby Limbach, the group's treasurer, to win funding for the project.

Josh, the radio station project manager, said they have now raised more than �14,000 towards the �18,000 needed to buy equipment and set up the station in the converted former cellar of a leisure centre bar in Long Stratton. Funding has been secured from South Norfolk Council and various local neighbourhood groups.

He said: 'We're looking for presenters, producers, news readers and anyone who would like to be involved, on air and off air. Anyone interested can go to our website at www.snyaradio.co.uk and get in touch, or fill out the forms.'

One of the key station objectives is to combat rural isolation among young people, but they will also be tackling all the tough issues from teenage pregnancy and anti-social behaviour to homelessness, as well as playing music and having fun.

More information about SNYA Radio is available by visiting www.snyaradio.co.uk

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