Why radio presenting is still relevant
Safeera Sarjoo

Why radio presenting is still relevant

The lessons, surprises and highlights of taking a radio presenting course at City Lit

First published date December 12 2017 Amended date December 12 2017

One of my resolutions at the start of 2017 was to make more time for the things I love – even if it scared me. So, when the opportunity came along to try any course I wanted, radio presenting was at the top of my list.

It may seem like a fading form, but actually the rise of internet radio stations and podcasts have propelled the art of radio presenting back into the spotlight. City Lit ran a six-week beginners' course, which taught students about the foundation of radio presenting.

Traditional forms of media like newspapers and magazines have had to adapt to the digital age at the expense of a dying print readership. Radio however has transitioned seamlessly through with people able to listen to their favourite shows on both desktop and mobile devices. Live streaming has benefitted radio really well and now there are a multitude of internet radio stations you can listen to from all over the world.

In the global age we live in, radio appears to be the dark horse that keeps people connected.

What is a radio presenting class like?

The class of nine was a mixed bag not only in terms of their motivations for being there, but also in demographics. It was heart warming to see how enthusiastic and engaged everyone was - particularly the mature students - and how much contentment it brought them.

Our tutor, Allis Moss, was patient, supportive and offered really useful feedback when listening to our earlier recordings.

The course itself was structured really well so that we got a taste for different segments found in a radio show. It all came to a head in the final week where working in teams, we presented a six to ten-minute show, taking on different roles found in a radio station.

I would definitely recommend this course. Not only did it put us all out of our comfort zone at time by forcing us to think on our feet and improvise, but also showed us what we were capable of when we did excel and did well. 


Inspired? Why not give radio presenting a try, or if you have a secret passion you’ve been harbouring, see where it can take you by searching for a course on Hotcourses today!


Safeera Sarjoo

Safeera is Editor of Whatuni and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.