The latest with Academy FM, Thanet’s community radio station

Taylor and Harvey take to the air!

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Harvey Bone (seated) and Taylor Crorken, ready to go live in Academy fm’s Studio 1

Royal Harbour Academy sixth formers Taylor Crorken and Harvey Bone have become trainee broadcasters at Academy fm. They joined the station last August and began their training on how to become part of the presenting team.

What makes them unique is that when they first came into the studio – on their GCSE results day after Debbie Day spoke to students about the radio station – they were put live on air with Patrick Foster, who has gone on to supervise their training.

Since then, the students have learnt all the controls in the studio and how to present a variety of shows. They now present the Wednesday Drivetime programme and the Saturday Sports Show.

Taylor says: “I would love to have a career in media, and hopefully volunteering at Academy fm will help me realise my dream.”

Harvey added: “It will hopefully take me into a career in broadcasting, perhaps commentary on sports such as boxing.”


Academy FM receive their award

With our 14th birthday just around the corner, 5th April, we certainly started the celebrations early.

On November 14th 2023, King Charles signed the citation for our King’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest award a voluntary organisation can receive and equivalent to an MBE.

What a privilege it was to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant Lady Colgrain on the evening of 3rd April. The Lord-Lieutenant presented us with our crystal and certificate, what an honour it was to receive this.

We all present our shows from our hearts, it’s our passion, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes and it was so wonderful to have this recognised by receiving this prestigious award.


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