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Title: 6. U Takeover : One big day

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U Takeover - radio for young people by young people

If you missed U Takeover, you can find out all about it by following the story from the first day of training through to the U Takeover day on 26th September 2009. Look out for the Blast TV programme about it on 26th November too.

Run as a pilot project over 3 months, a group of young people attended weekly training and development workshops which gave them the skills to take over 1Xtra for the day.

The trainees were recruited via local youth agencies in Bristol, Manchester and London who work with young people aged 18-24.

The trainees attended weekly sessions which increased their understanding of editorial policy, planning and pitching ideas, producing and presenting as well as selecting the playlist. The London and Bristol groups also kept a blog.

The schedule the trainees planned for the day reflected their interests so it included a local focus, some speech based content and specialist music. Interviewees included Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk.

The trainees worked alongside, and co-presented with, the established on-air talent including Ras Kwame, Trevor Nelson and Rampage. They also controlled the online presence and visualisation of the day on the 1Xtra website, overseen by 1Xtra web production staff. Every trainee agreed that it had been a day to remember.

If you'd like to get involved in making radio, 'How to make a radio package' helps you to get started and 'Behind the scenes at community radio' gives you an idea of what it's like to be a volunteer at Chorley FM. You can also attend a free workshop at the Blast tour.

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