Record demand for WLR FM broadcasting course

A Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) certificate in radio broadcasting run in conjunction with regional radio station Beat 102-103 and local station WLR has experienced the strongest demand for its course to date.

The 10 credit, level 6 course helps those who are eager to ‘get a foot in the door’ of the broadcast industry.

Rob O’Connor, WIT lecturer says: “2018 has seen the strongest demand for the radio course yet. We had a tough time choosing candidates and some of the people are very strong already. Hopefully this means we’ll see some exciting projects being made.”

Over 12 weeks, students will build skills in on-air reading and presenting. As part of the course, they will be introduced to the operation of a commercial radio station and the role of broadcast journalists and presenters within it. They will also be introduced to and practice the skills required to work in the broadcast industry.

One of the lecturers on the course is broadcaster Orla Rapple. She explains what students can expect. “This course is a unique opportunity for learners to see the inner workings of two successful radio stations while also gaining hands on experience in recording, editing and presentation. It’s an invaluable 12 weeks for anyone interested in working in the broadcasting industry.”

“We’re delighted to continue the collaboration between WIT and WLR/Beat. Having students get a mix of academic theory and practical work is a winning combination,” adds O’Connor.

“We’ve had a great success rate with students so far. Many have ended up on-air with either WLR or Beat, whilst others have found roles on stations around the country. What’s really exciting though are the students who’ve taken what they’ve learned and using their skills to create their own content via Podcasts or YouTube.”

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