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Richmond View School Radio Zestoboom

Junior DJs take to airwaves
Zestoboom, Zestoblat! and Zestobling

Richmond View School in Blenheim has been making its presence felt on the airwaves, through pupil-run radio station Radio Zestoboom! since the beginning of the year.

The station, at 88.7 FM, is broadcast out of a classroom, has a transmission of up to one kilometre and a known group of dedicated listeners - the rest of the school and a few parents.

Richmond View School pupils

Radio zest: Richmond View School pupils, Isaac Neal, Emma Foster, both year 6, and year 8 Hannah Braddick do a lunchtime broadcast on the school’s radio station Radio Zestoboom!

Year 4 and 5 teacher Dave Pauling said the radio station was part of the school's "media conglomerate", Zest Media, which also ran Zestoblat! television via YouTube and Zestobling! online.

The media programme was all about giving pupils a voice. The benefits of it were three-fold, Mr Pauling said.

"The kids love it, it brings the school together and it's a great tool for learning."

Using technology instead of textbooks, having a go at hands-on learning, and producing a show just as they would in the real world, was invaluable for pupils' learning, he said.

The radio station, which mainly plays contemporary, age-appropriate Christian music, has been live since January.

Kiwi music from Brooke Fraser and Dave Dobbyn, and some Vivaldi and jazz numbers, "for a bit of culture" formed part of the mix, Mr Pauling said.

Ten pupils in years 6, 7 and 8 presented the shows, which featured jokes, riddles, interviews, stories, competitions and giveaways.

Pupils downloaded a radio show schedule from the school website to plan content for their rostered day. Pre-recorded content, such as the station's id, was created with an iPad.

The "radio hosts" broadcast their shows at morning tea, lunchtime, and other special occasions, and music was played 24/7, Mr Pauling said.

The station also played the music for the school's morning fitness programme, Jump Jam.

Year 8 pupil Hannah Braddick is the station's manager. She said the best part about the radio station was having the chance to do something different at school.

- The Marlborough Express

© Marlborough Express August 31st, 2012.

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