As a Radio Tutor with SSR in Manchester, here’s the blog I added to their site in 2015.

Well, what a fantastically rewarding course it’s been in 2014/15!

Considering it was the first Radio Production course for both myself and fellow tutor Simon Peel, the student feedback has been great and we have had success (yay!), helping to get one of our students into an internship with Global Radio at her favourite radio station XFM, along with introductions to other media organisations.

For me as a tutor, the real satisfaction has come from seeing a group of people flourish and develop a flair for radio production, realising a little more, the areas that they feel they will excel in, whether behind the microphone or in front of it.

It was a real team effort and both Simon and I appreciate the input and help from the office team here at SSR and several Industry experts, the roll-call of which includes:

  • Joel Ross and Jordan Hemingway from Heart North West
  • Libby Willis and Andrew Bowman from BBC Radio Manchester
  • Andrew Fletcher from Fletch Media
  • Karl Svenson from Tadah Media
  • Chris Marsden from Definitive Media
  • Darren Altman – Voiceover
  • Glenn Pinder from KVH Media
  • Alex Healey and the team at Bolton FM
  • Paul Fernley at ReelWorld

To be able to call upon fellow ex-colleagues who I have worked with over the years is invaluable and that’s why I am sure that this knowledge and expertise really does invigorate students to want to go for it and aim high as they make career choices.


SSR Radio students at Bolton FM


SSR Radio students meet Joel Ross (second left) from Heart North West


SSR Radio students meet Paul Fernley (far right) at ReelWorld

The last six months has been fun and it’s been a pleasure to see the potential in students and help to bring that to the fore; after all, it takes an expert ear to spot something that a student might never have thought of as being of value.

The next course starts in September and I hope if you’re reading this, you will come along to one of the SSR Open Days or Evenings to see more about what we do. There’s a fantastic radio studio to utlilise and also give you additional experience out of normal course times.

Whether you are a budding radio presenter, have a flair as a show producer, or would love to make great radio creative/commercials, this course will add to your skills toolkit and I am certain you will come away from the course with fresh ideas and knowledge. Plus, we always have a laugh along the way! What’s important to me, is that you get as much practical experience as possible and aren’t bogged down with paperwork, so we tend to keep that to a minimum.

For more info on the course please click here – SSR Radio Production Course