RNC students take over the airwaves on BBC Radio 1!

Hubert, Bik Lee, Dev and Charan pose in the studio in front of the ‘Radio 1’ sign

On Friday 26 June, in the penultimate ‘Feet Up Friday’ segment on BBC Radio 1, RNC students Hubert and Charan appeared live, accompanied by RNC Digital Media Officer Bik Lee. For those of you who have not listened before, two teams battle it out live on national radio to earn the right to take over the BBC decks on the infamous ‘drivetime’ slot.  Members of the public text in to decide which team’s playlist they want to hear.


The RNC team randomly named themselves Funky Monkey Petrol Bandits and after various impressions and rants about Justin Bieber the team revealed three of their song choices; Girls Aloud, Prodigy and 90s dance act ATB. After an agonising wait Dev (filling in for Greg James), finally revealed Funky Monkey Petrol Bandits as the winners!


The Funky Monkey Petrol Bandits’ half hour consisted of a real mix from Miley Cyrus to Goo Goo Dolls to Five to Cash Cash. Aware that millions of people listen to Radio 1 drivetime, Charan said it was the most nerve wracking thing she’d ever done “But once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I love Radio 1 so it was amazing to meet the people who brighten up my day; Radio 1 always makes me laugh when I’m feeling down. I was disappointed Greg James and Scott Mills weren’t there but the highlight of my day was meeting Chris Smith who sang ‘Nerd alert’ for us.”


RNC recognises that the student experience is about much more than just academics, Bik Lee explained “This kind of opportunity does not come up every day so it’s fantastic for Charan and Hubert to go to the BBC and take part in a competition live on national radio to an audience of millions. The confidence that they have gained since being at RNC is phenomenal and the way they came across on radio was so natural; not a lot of people would have the courage to do it. The fact that they won was an incredible bonus; everyone at RNC is so proud of them.”


Hubert said “It was great to be able to see how one of the UK’s biggest radio stations operates. I’ve always wanted to be a radio presenter and it gave me a feeling about the environment which I could be working in.” Hubert has his own radio show, ‘The SubBass Show’ which goes out live on Radio Peterborough every Saturday, 18:00-20:00. Then he features on Peterborough City and Youth Radio (PCYR) 20:00-22:00 on Saturday. The show concentrates on Electronic Dance Music (EDM) from the world’s biggest DJs, to hot new and undiscovered talent. You can listen to the show on my mix cloud page: www.mixcloud.com/subsonixuk


If you are interested in exploring new opportunities available at RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC



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