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The chance to produce and broadcast your own radio programme at SMO

A series of radio skills courses are to be run at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig where people will be given the chance to learn how to create, produce and record their own radio programme. Students will then be given the chance to broadcast their programmes on a local or community radio station.

The first course will be held on 16-17 February, and a further two weekend courses will be run on 9-10 March and 20-21 April. Then in the summer between 5-9 August a weeklong course will be offered in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as part of SMO’s Short Courses’ programme, where students will be given the chance to further improve and utilise their newly-acquired skills.

As part of the courses, a number of master classes will be held by industry experts and leading professionals on different aspects of radio work. Students will gain the skills they require to produce and record a radio programme, and they will be given the chance to bring their own idea for a radio programme from first thoughts to final production. It is also the intention that students will be given the chance to broadcast their finished programmes on a radio station.

Arthur Donald, Sabhal Mòr’s Drama Artist in Residence, who is co-ordinating the courses said: “I am very happy that the support from Bòrd Na Gàidhlig will allow this exciting opportunity to take place at SMO. It is open to anyone with an interest in radio. Students will be able to take advantage of the professional expertise on offer and they will learn how to produce a radio programme and how take their idea for a radio programme from their first thoughts to broadcasting it. Each weekend will be very creative and people will have fun in a friendly atmosphere.”

The workshops that will be on offer include, ‘Writing comedy’ with Rab Christie from BBC Scotland’s Comedy Unit, ‘Writing drama scripts for radio’ with Catrìona Lexy Campbell who is SMO’s Writer in Residence, ‘Voice training’ with Liz Carruthers, ‘Sounds on the radio’ with Donald Pirie, ‘Writing links and scripts for presenters’ with Morag Stewart from Sealladh TV, and ‘Recording and editing skills’ with MG ALBA.

Anyone looking for more information on the courses can visit SMO’s website at or contact the Short Courses at or on 01471 888 240. Or they can contact Arthur Donald, SMO’s Drama Artist in Residence, direct at or on 07921 679007.

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