Student radio keeps listeners tuned in

Celebrity interviews and carefully curated music have filled Bexhill airwaves for the past fortnight.

And listeners still have a chance to catch the final few hours of Bexhill FM today (Friday, July 18), before student broadcasters down mics for another year.

Live interviews with comedian Eddie Izzard, ex-Olympian Jane Torvill, and local business leaders from the De La Warr Pavilion and Hastings Direct have kept listeners tuned in. Students queued for selfie pictures with Izzard, before tweeting them under the #bexhillfm hashtag.

Station Manager Richard Harris deemed this year the “best so far”, adding: “The feedback has been amazing!”

Students from Bexhill High Academy run the radio station for two weeks each July as a showcase for the creativity of local young people.

“What has been apparent this year is the pure skill and creativity of the team, as well as the energy of students who are prepared to take on new challenges,” said Richard.

“More students are taking on pressing the buttons, and it makes them feel like they are really controlling what is on! I’m very proud of my team as always.”

Shows this year included an Arts Slot in collaboration with the De La Warr Pavilion, and a regular five-minute Community Showcase.

Stewart Drew, director and chief executive of the pavilion, dropped by the studio at one point with Sally Anne Lycett, director of communications for the arts hub, to talk about their work. Following the interview Stewart singled out broadcasts from the Bexhill Triathlon and Rythmix young bands night as his highlights from the week.

And Sally added: “We are so pleased to continue our sponsorship of Bexhill FM. They are so passionate about what they do and they obviously have so much fun - I know we did. Wouldn’t it be great to have a community radio station all year round?”

The main sponsor this year was Hastings Direct, with several local businesses chipping in, including Music’s not Dead and Allan Edwards Driving.