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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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Radio Manchester offers listeners opportunity to present a show

BBC Radio Manchester is offering listeners a unique treat this festive season – an opportunity to take over the airwaves on 3 January.

A number of lucky listeners will each get the chance to present an hour-long programme on the station as a day of broadcasting is handed over to the audience.

Breakfast show presenter Allan Beswick launched "The Takeover" on his show today (Monday 22 November) as auditions for budding radio stars began across Greater Manchester.

From Tameside to Trafford, Middleton to Marple and Warrington to Wilmslow, the station will be out and about with its Takeover Taxi at different locations every day until Sunday 12 December.

Potential presenters are being asked to jump into the back of the taxi and do a one-minute audition which involves them answering a question picked randomly from the special "Takeover" box.

Radio Manchester bosses will select up to 24 winners, judged purely on the auditions, who will then be invited into the station studios to record their programme sometime in December.

Each of the listeners will have the chance to put their own ideas forward for their hour-long programme and have their content overseen by a BBC producer.

Allan says: "I think it's fairly safe to say that the BBC doesn't often hand over a whole day of programming to its audiences, so this really is a unique opportunity. We like to try new things on the station and sometimes it is good to step out of your comfort zone. I know there's a lot of talent out there so I have no doubt we will get some brilliant programming on 3 January."

To be in with a chance of being a Radio Manchester presenter on "The Takeover" people will need to visit one of the locations where auditions are being held around Greater Manchester. Winners will be announced on or before 17 December.

Dates and locations can be found at Radio Manchester: The Takeover – or check local press for details. You can also follow "The Takeover" on 95.1FM/DAB or Facebook and Twitter.

Entrants must be 18 or over and will need to sign a consent form on arrival at the audition. The station is looking for new voices, who have not previously presented professionally. Full terms and conditions apply – see the Radio Manchester website for details.

Notes to Editors

Locations are listed below but could be subject to change.

Monday 22 November: Morning – BBC Oxford Road
Afternoon – Upper Mill-High Street

Tuesday 23 November: Morning – Healthy Living Centre, Partington
Afternoon – Market Place Ramsbottom

Wednesday 24 November: Morning – Hollins Lane carpark, Marple
Afternoon – Middleton Shopping Centre

Thursday 25 November: Morning – Wythenshawe Market Area
Afternoon – Middlebrook Shopping Centre

Friday 26 November: Morning Crown Point, Denton
Afternoon ASDA, Golborne

Saturday 27 November: Morning – Warrington
Afternoon – White City Retail Park

Sunday 28 November: Morning – The Great Hall, Trafford Centre
Afternoon – Stableyard area, Tatton Park

Monday 29 November: Morning – Lower Display area, Radcliffe Piazza
Afternoon – Sainsburys carpark, Wilmslow

Tuesday 30 November: Morning – Tesco, Stalybridge
Afternoon – Pavillion Square, Westhoughton

Wednesday 1 December: Morning – Salford
Afternoon – The Strand, Kirkholt, Rochdale

Thursday 2 December: Morning – Wigan Market
Afternoon – Merseyway, Stockport

Friday 3 December: Morning – ASDA, Chadderton
Afternoon – Sale

Saturday 4 December: Morning – City Centre Shopping Centre
Afternoon – Manchester City Ground, Eastlands

Sunday 5 December: Morning – Manchester Fort, Cheetham Hill
Afternoon – ASDA, Shaw

Monday 6 December: Morning – Littleborough Coach House
Afternoon – ASDA, Hulme

Tuesday 7 December: Morning – Hattersley Precinct
Afternoon – Longfield Suite, Prestwich

Wednesday 8 December: Morning – Urmston, Sainsburys
Afternoon – Mill Street, Macclesfield

Thursday 9 December: Morning – Butchers Arms Ground, Droylsden
Afternoon– The Square, Hale Barns

Friday 10 December: Morning – Harpurhey
Afternoon– Piccadilly

Saturday 11 December: Morning – Bury
Afternoon –Bury Market

Sunday 12 December: Morning – Glossop Town Centre
Afternoon –Spinningfields


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