Radio is a fantastic way to learn IT skills, public speaking, audio production and written language skills and our involvement with the area we serve means our volunteers are integrated with our diverse community.
Luke joined us when he was in his last year at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City, where he was studying Music Technology. He first helped produce a number of radio plays, undertaking recording and editing and then assisted with several Outside Broadcasts, their technical set up and transmission.
Luke went on to secure an apprenticeship in sound engineering and says “thank you for all the experience you have given me at Radio Verulam as I have really enjoyed it and it has made a big difference to my career prospects”
I retired approximately ten years ago after a busy life as a musician, communications engineer and project manager that took me all over Europe, America, the Far East and much of Africa. All seemed very rosy : a nice house in St Albans, a bit of DIY, fishing and much viewing of sport. That is until I realised I was becoming lethargic with a dulled view on life.
I visited St Albans’ volunteer service with a view to finding some voluntary employment. The outcome was extremely fortuitous as they arranged an interview for me at Radio Verulam. I wouldn’t say my life changed overnight but it was most certainly the start of what has become a major focus in my life. I initially joined as a helper but it was not long before my communication skills were put to good use both in the studio and on outside broadcasts. Following in-house training, I then went on to present various types of programmes.
Today, being of ‘a certain age’, I present ‘Music Memories’ of the 20th Century each Saturday, whilst still contributing at OBs and Radio Verulam special shows. I also am involved in the mentoring of new volunteers who hope to become radio presenters.
Getting involved with Radio Verulam has been the best decision I have made in many, many years. The community ethos of the station and the talent of the presenters is phenomenal.
I have been staggered by the amount I have been able to achieve on a personal front and it is an honor and a privilege to present and produce Verulam Sport.