Students broadcast series of live shows for Leicester Comedy Festival

Students are taking over the airwaves for a series of outside broadcasts which feature interviews with the stars of Leicester Comedy Festival.

Outermission is being broadcast from Leicester’s LCB Depot every lunchtime this week on DemonFM. Each programme is devised, researched and produced by third year Media Production students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).  


On Monday Dan Gardiner, Nina Grunau, Charlotte Green and Charlie Hayes were at the LCB Depot with guests with Mollie Owens back at base at DMU’s Queens Building.

Broadcast HQ is in the window of the LCB Depot on Rutland Street, close to venues taking part in this year’s festival. On Monday, the students were joined by festival founder Geoff Rowe BEM, who set up the festival while a student at DMU.

Other guests were Sam Javid from ArtReach a creative company based at LCB and comedian Kyle D Evans, ahead of his performance that night at The Shed, Leicester.

“We have been working on this since before Christmas and then solidly since we came back, working out who was available, contacting the guests and making sure that they can come,” said Dan.

Doing the programme is part of a module in Media Production. It offers the students the kind of experience they will get in industry, planning and organising outside broadcasts and live guest interviews.


Charlotte said: “We try to go for a mix of music, entertainment and interviews all in the hour, it’s quite fast-moving programme and there’s always something we are thinking about.”

“We work really well as a close group ,” said Nina. “it’s a bit nerve wracking but I think once it’s done, we’ll be able to enjoy it!”

Dan agrees: “The build up is so much stress, it’s quite a lot of pressure we put on ourselves because we want it to be good.”

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“The best bit for me has been working with the guests, I’ve had a lot of contact with Kyle setting up the interview so I’m looking forward to actually meeting him,” added Charlie.

Part-time technical instructor and BBC freelancer Ian Oakland said that it provided students with vital experience that would help them in their future careers.

He said: “It adds a level of experience to the activity that they wouldn’t normally do. They have a radio station on campus, but going out on location and outside broadcasts add another level of complexity that is great training.”


Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019

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