Sheffield Hallam at BBC Radio 5 Live’s Octoberfest

17 Sheffield Hallam Journalism graduates and undergraduates have been signed up by BBC Radio 5 Live to help run a 3 day radio festival in Sheffield. BBC Radio 5 Live is heading to Sheffield from 11 to 13 October for Octoberfest 2012 – a free three-day festival, featuring an exciting programme of live broadcasts and events across the city.

Programmes will be broadcast live from the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres and there’ll be interactive events taking place in Tudor Square.
Some of 5 Live’s biggest names including Nicky Campbell, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, Stephen Nolan, Robbie Savage and Colin Murray will be on hand to lead discussions and to get involved with the action.

The SHU students will be involved in a range of activities, from mic holding during our live audience debates to running the interactive events in the 5 Live Igloo. There you can try your hand at being a radio presenter, football commentator or TV weather presenter. You’ll also be able to see if you have the potential to be an Olympic Gold Medallist!

One highlight of the festival will be ‘5 live Aside’, which will see the station attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most amount of players in a 5-a-side exhibition football match during a 24-hour period.

The volunteers were given a tour of MediaCity and an introductory talk by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Network Manager Paul Blakeley. He’s also invited our students to submit some short radio features on topical issues which will be broadcast in the build-up to the event. More on that later!

Philo Holland

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