From the airwaves to the classroom: top radio presenter gives career advice to B&FC students

Published on 10/07/2017 by pfi

One of the Fylde Coast’s most famous voices visited Blackpool and The Fylde College to speak to students about a career in the media.

Former Radio Wave presenter Roy Lynch gave advice and guidance to Level 2 Media students at the University Centre Campus on Palatine Road.

The ex-Blackpool and The Fylde College student – who is now Senior Content Controller for Wire FM, Wish FM and Tower FM – discussed how he first entered the radio industry and methods stations use to keep its listeners hooked.

He also spoke about the changing face of the media and the need to operate on numerous digital and analogue platforms to reach a radio station’s wider audience.

Roy was joined by local film-maker Brad James, who is currently supporting Media students at B&FC. 

Level 2 course leader Helen Jones, who formerly worked with Roy as Station PA/PR for Radio Wave, said:

“With our new Aim Award Level 2 programme in Media, we have a real focus on employability and getting on in today’s competitive media environment. 

“It is important students know our courses have strong, proven links to industry and that they get to meet and work with industry professionals from our area and beyond.”

Students said they were pleased to have the opportunity to question someone who had worked in the radio industry for a number of years.

Liam Quinn, 17, from Blackpool, said: “Meeting Roy gave me a better insight into Radio Wave. He shared his knowledge about how the changes in technology have reflected in employment opportunities in the media. He also gave us insight into working across multi-media platforms.”

Bethanie Cook, 17, also from Blackpool, added: “Roy told us how competitive the radio business can be.”

But Alex Allen, 17, of Blackpool, said: “It was interesting to hear how you could get a job in radio from various different situations and starting points.”