Ocean Youth Radio’s superstar presenters show resilience throughout lockdown

Young Ocean Youth radio presenter sits in front of a home studio, smiling with his thumbs up

Tjay the DJ - Credit: Ocean Youth Radio

Young producers at Ocean Youth radio station have embraced lockdown - finding innovative ways to present their radio shows from home. 

The Torbay-based radio station sent emergency broadcasting kit packs to a team of young producers, including mics, mini-desks, mic stands and laptops. 11 presenters now broadcast every week from home, with 17 hours of live, original radio shows being produced. 

Ocean Youth helps to build connections within young communities in Torbay, improving health and wellbeing, developing aspirations and improving intergenerational understanding across the area. 

Throughout lockdown, the young presenters have proved their creativity, resilience and talent, creating a range of shows which encourages young people to connect with each other, create new skills and improve confidence. 

One of Ocean Youth’s young producers, TJ the DJ, said: “I like learning new skills. I like working as part of a team. I love running my own show from home.”  

Tjay's mum added: “From our point of view the technical skills he is learning is phenomenal.

"The confidence this is giving him is incredible and feeling connected to something other than home during lockdown is invaluable.”  

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Ocean Youth are also currently producing content for national transmission on community stations raging from Aberdeen to Northern Ireland.

 In July last year, the station produced 60 pieces to support Year 6 primary students transitioning to secondary school.

'Soundlife', their latest production, includes six podcasts aimed at tackling youth loneliness. The podcasts are set to be released next month. 

Director Kate Rudman said: “It’s been such challenging time for everyone. However, we all know and feel that young people have borne the brunt, having their social and educational lives so limited.

"We feel so inspired by the energy and creativity that our young people have shown to keep themselves and other young people connected and positive.

"We feel very proud of how our young team have responded to this crisis. They are an example to us all. 

"We believe that our approach is pioneering ways forward for radio stations across the country to ensure young people’s voices are heard.”