POP-UP RADIO SPREADS THE LOVE
of the pop-up phenomenon has reached our Northern shores with the
country’s 1st pop-up radio station due to be launched at the end of
this month in Warrington.
Newlove FM is the brainchild of North-West based charity Newlove
Warrington and will run for 2 weeks from 28 June 2009. After being
awarded a radio licence from OFCOM , the radio project gained the
backing of DJ Neil Fox on Noel Edmonds’s Sky TV show, Noel’s HQ and
soon established a cult status when the original pioneer of
Britain’s house music, DJ Graeme Park, volunteered to control the
decks as Programme Controller.
With the continuous growing support of celebrity volunteers from
soap stars to sporting heroes, Newlove FM has developed into one of
the most exciting youth projects to come out of the North West in
recent months, and will be producing some of the most unique and
exclusive radio on the airwaves this summer.
Newlove Warrington was established last November by Helen Newlove
who lost her husband, Garry Newlove, in 2007 when he was brutally
murdered by youths after confronting them about vandalism outside
his Warrington home.
Helen Newlove said:- “We launched the charity late last year
with the aim to make a real difference by speaking directly to the
local youth community. Music inspires, communicates and motivates
and we identified it as the most effective route to reach young
people. We never expected to progress this initiative so
quickly and I would like to thank all the volunteers involved in
The radio aims to support the main objectives of Newlove Warrington,
which include offering opportunities to inspire and interact with
young people in the region. The programming of the station has
been developed and supported by local students at Chester University
and local youth groups will be invited to co-host several of the
All Garry’s daughters are integral to the success of the charity to
date and Zoe Newlove, 20, will be co-hosting the breakfast show,
following in the footsteps of her dad who was a part time DJ and had
a great interest in music.
Zoe adds:- “When we launched the charity, one of our aims was
to establish a charity programme focusing on delivering an
integrated music and youth education campaign. It is
unbelievably satisfying to be already helping to deliver this aim to
Newlove FM will be offering young people and budding DJ’s a chance
to broadcast on the station, and following the end of the 2 week
radio campaign, the bespoke portable radio equipment will be
incorporated by the charity into a dedicated education programme in
schools and colleges.
World’s 1st computer game distance learning course gets industry
THE world’s 1st distance learning course, designed to train
would be computer games designers and developers, has been launched
by UK training specialist Train2Game (T2G). The courses have been
written by games industry professionals DR Studios and have received
the backing of Tiga, the UK’s national association for games
software developers, who will become the independent awarding and
examination body for the distance learning courses for video games
devised by Train2Game.
The new Train2Game courses enable students to achieve a Tiga Diploma
in Games Development and Games Design and are the first ever
computer games courses that allow trainees to study in their own
time, at their own pace, at home or work.
The Train 2 Game courses are structured in easy to follow modules
and cover a comprehensive itinerary of subjects; from technical and
programming to modelling, design and marketing, that Train2Game
claim is comparable with computer games university degree courses. The courses are competitively priced at around £4,960, thereby
potentially offering an affordable route into the games industry.
Richard Wilson, CEO of Tiga, said:- “The UK games development
industry has some difficulties finding suitably qualified candidates
to fill vacancies in their development studios. A Tiga survey of
game developers last year showed that 63 per cent of respondents had
faced skills shortages over the previous 12 months. Vacancies for
programmers were particularly difficult to fill.
The new Train2Game courses are designed by the industry for the
industry and are relevant to current industry needs. Tiga members
have an opportunity to provide input into the course content and the
exam questions through the Tiga Examinations Committee. We hope that
this new industry-led initiative by Train2Game will increase the
supply of well-trained, enthusiastic and employable new entrants
into the industry.”
Train2Game claim that experienced games developers are now earning
on average around £30,000 a year and maintain their courses will
equip students with up to date knowledge and skills to enable them
to move into the fast-moving computer games industry.
Train2Game’s Marketing Director, Mike Head, said:- “Leading
computer games firms want young people with imagination and vision,
who understand games and how to put them together. That
doesn’t always equate with academic success or university graduates,
yet because a student hasn’t done too well at school or hasn't gone
to college, it shouldn’t stop them breaking into something they
really want to do and could potentially be very good at, such as
games development. We set up Train2Game to bridge that gap.”
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