create an ONLINE RADIO SHOW
CREATE AN ONLINE RADIO SHOW ON UK HEALTH RADIO
Wildeye Adventures founded and hosts the Environment & Conservation Show on UK Health Radio. Raising awareness on environmental news, conservation, nature connection, eco-living, rewilding, reforestation, resilient communities, sustainability, indigenous knowledge and climate action. A non-for-profit independent media platform created for people on the ground.
This initiative provides educational establishments teachers, youth leaders and educational instructors whom work with young people, a chance to produce their own environmental show to air on UK Health Radio.
This opportunity gives youth a platform to express themselves. For a sense of community, to raise awareness on nature connection, climate action and most importantly to give youth a chance to express their value for the environment. There are many youth today growing up in urban cities that are cut off from the natural world. This mission aims to give young people a path to share their passion, concerns and creativity to the community. In the hopes of creating positive ripples and raising awareness for nature connection and outdoor education.
Young people today are surrounded by many technological gadgets, more than ever before. This project aims to inspire youth on the power of their voice and to guide them into using the tools around them effectively, rather than as a distraction. Encouraging investigation, research problem solving, communication as well as creating networks.
As a teacher, youth leader or any other educational teaching role. This is the opportunity to create a unique and memorable class project. Introducing young people to journalism, media production, presenting and broadcasting, whilst improving their communication skills and confidence in public speaking.
TOPICS TO DISCUSS
Outdoor & Environmental Education
Nature Connection (wellbeing in nature)
Environmental Campaigning / Activism
Reforestation & Regeneration
Natural Habitats / Ecosystems
Flora & Fauna (Biodiversity)
Remember to find a balance between the negative and positive. If you are discussing certain topics such as deforestation or land grabs. Be sure to highlight NGOs, projects or campaigns supporting or benefiting reforestation, tribal land rights or any other positive initiatives.
Environment topics to consider - feel free to come up with your own ideas
How are the pollution levels in London effecting public health?
How can we work towards moving away from fossils fuels?
What is sustainability and how can we implement it into our lives?
What can we do to reduce plastic consumption?
As consumers, how can we help to reduce deforestation?
What are the benefits of tree planting?
Why is nature important?
Why are trees & woodlands beneficial to physical & mental health?
What is "eco-anxiety" and how can young people overcome it?
Why are bees and other pollinators important to the ecosystem?
How do humans treat natural ecosystems?
Why is outdoor education beneficial to youth?
Questions to consider:
Will I interview others?
What will the show be about?
What environmental initiatives do I personally connect with?
How will I introduce myself to the listeners?
Do I wish to solo report on a particular topic?
Can I create a group discussion or debate?
Are there any environmental campaigns/projects taking place in the community I can engage with?
What interview questions can I ask?
Why is nature and the environment important to engage with?
How will I record a good quality MP3 soundbite?
Who can I connect with to support me with this project?
Are there any family or friends wishing to participate?
These are all example questions designed to get the brain rolling. Please feel free to think about your own questions and ideas.
Wildeye Adventures can visit educational establishments around London and the South East area. The talk inspires journalism, presenting & broadcasting and requires access to a projector screen, as it involves a powerpoint presentation.
This engaging presentation gives an introduction to the radio show’s mission, how to create an online show, exploring topics, how to record, improving interviewer/presenter skills, interviewing techniques and how to use Zoom to interview guests online.
This interactive presentation involves brainstorming and group discussion. Giving youth the chance to think about their own ideas, interview questions, voice their own concerns, creating discussion, exploring solutions and realising the potential of their words and how far they can carry. Students can explore environmental initiatives they personally connect with or may wish to raise awareness on.
After Yara’s talk, students will be inspired to research environmental news, explore environmental projects in their community, connect with campaigns and be informed on how to create an online radio show for the Environment & Conservation Show.
It's free to submit content to the show. However, we kindly except donations as the Environment & Conservation Show is a non-for-profit media platform. Inspirational Speaking is optional and designed to inspire youth to create a radio show.
Inspirational Speaking - £150 - £250 (depending on travel)
Presented by Yara from Wildeye Adventures & co-host of the Environment & Conservation Show.
Please visit the Public Speaking page to view a range of other inspiring presentations available to schools.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What topic should the radio show be about?
You may choose to focus one particular topic, for example "tree planting" or "recycling" or "sustainable farming practises" the possibilities are endless, check out some of our ideas below. Do some researching and find out about current environmental issues, resolutions, projects, NGO's, campaigns. You will discover an endless amount if you start digging deeper.
Create a group discussions and brainstorm ideas. The entire class may focus on one particular topic to report on.
Then divide students into smaller groups, each group can focus on specific relevant information, linked to the subject at hand.
Or each group may focus on individual topics. You are free to take the show down any route you wish.
Make sure all conversation is environmentally related please. Don't just report on the problem, remember to research and find a solutions to any issues that may be expressed.
For example, if you are focusing on deforestation as a topic. Try include campaigns or NGOs that work to plant trees, or perhaps reforest degraded land. It's important to keep a balance between the positive and negative.
You may introduce students to the radio show project, assist in brainstorming ideas in groups and discuss what environmental topics young people wish to talk about.
Students may discuss in groups what topics they wish to raise awareness on. Whether they are reporting on a local community project or perhaps an environmental campaign they connect with. Or maybe a personal experience/memory or project they have taken part in or would like to pursue in the future. Youth are encouraged to share their passion for biodiversity/wildlife/nature and to share why nature connection is important to them in their own lives.
How do I create an MP3 recording?
You can record on a mobile phone if there is a voice recording app on it, most smart phones have them included. On iPhone or Samsung phones search for a "voice memo" app, it's easy to record and share. Otherwise download a voice recording app for free on to a device from any App Store.
You don't need professional kit to create a recording these days. However, please make sure there is not too much background noise that will effect the quality of your soundbites.
On an iPhone or Samsung smart phone, look for "voice memos"or a "voice recorder" Or download a free voice recording app from an App store.
Online interviewing You may set up an online meeting with a friend and ask them the interview questions, or maybe get them to interview you. There are free apps you can download to create online meetings such as Zoom. Remember we just need audio only, not video. Use the Zoom app to record a free audio meeting. It automatically converts the file into an audio file, after you close the meeting. A voice recording file will automatically download on your desktop. The technologies we have today may be used as tools to bring us together. This is a good opportunity to get productive and get talking to your connections.
What is the duration of the radio show?
You have a 30min minimum and 45min maximum to create a show. You are welcome to create more than one show, with different classes or year groups. Each soundbite recorded can last as long as you wish, it's completely up to you. it's possible to mesh a whole bunch of soundbites together to create one story. This is your chance to get creative, thinking about how to construct the structure of show and piece it together. It's really up to you how much effort you put in to the project.
Students can either interview each other or speak for themselves as a solo. They may take the time to interview each other in groups, or a one to one interview. They can also take time to interview a family members or friends online. You can split the class into groups and each group can focus on a particular topic.
What if I make a mistake when recording?
This is not a live broadcast, so don't panic. We are not particularly interested in the voice recording being completely perfect. If you laugh whilst recording or get nervous, that's okay. Breathe, focus and calmly reword yourself and continuing flowing, like you are having a good chat to someone you care about and speaking about something you are passionate about. Be natural with no made up voices please, just be yourself.
Get creative, speak from the heart and don't worry if you stumble or make any mistakes. This is a lesson in itself, practicing and improving public speaking and journalistic skills. Just repeat what you wish to say and we may always assist in editing any mistakes out.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself, or worry about it being too perfect or what others may think. People in general will be supportive and pleased to hear young people speaking about their passion for the environment.
This opportunity gives young people a platform to raise their voice.
Practise interviewing techniques before recording. Or you can practice speaking freely without a script, this is great too!
Everyone understandably has their own style, as an individual speaker and develops at their own pace and free will.
How to set up an online interview
There are free apps you can download to create online meetings such as Zoom. Remember we just need audio only, not video. Use the Zoom app to record a free audio meeting. It automatically converts the file into an audio file, after you close the meeting. A voice recording file will automatically download on your desktop. The technologies we have today may be used as tools to bring us together.
This is a good opportunity to get productive and get talking to your connections.
Where do I send the MP3 files to?
All MP3 files must be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can use a free online website called WeTransfer. You may also use Google Drive to send larger files. Please title file "Radio Show" with the name of the school taking part.
Please connect with us beforehand, we can support you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
I don't wish to share personal details on radio
You don't have to. This is completely up to you whether or not you wish to share first names, full names or location.
You are not obliged to share any personal details at all, this is completely your decision as a teacher. However, it would be lovely to hear the name of the school taking part and which year. Other listeners around the world tuning into your show would be interested to know where young people are speaking from.
Check out Wildeye Adventures previous podcasts & blog for inspiration
Check out the Podcasts page.
Wildeye Adventures & Earth Witness News presented the very first show on the Environment & Conservation Show which launched on UK Health Radio in April 202 called "Voices of the People - Nature Connection"
This was a collaborative of members of the public sharing their love for nature and why nature connection is personally important in their lives.
Check out the blog post "Calling all Youth - Speak for the trees!" - Where children and young people can share their love for trees & woodland habitats. This could perhaps be created into an online radio show? Just planting seeds of inspiration.
Important Information (do's & don'ts)
Don't use bad language or swear words when recording any sound bites, please keep the language clean.
Don't speak too quickly, find a good flow. Remember that people from all around the world could be tuning in and it's importantly to speak clearly so that others may understand you.
Speak naturally, don't make up or put on any fake voices.
Don't record any soundbites if there is too much background noise around you, otherwise people might not understand or hear you speaking.
Research into the topics you will be speaking of, find out facts and intesting knowledge to share
Make bullet points and take notes on important points worth mentioning or sharing.
Take note of any good books, websites, videos or resources used that you can share to listeners.
If you possess any creative skills in music, are a poet or singer. Perhaps you feel to share your words or music as part of your show. Providing it shares an environmental message please. We are welcome to wildlife/nature poetry & spoken word.
Please do not promote any personal social media sites of any of the youth on the show, for safe guarding reasons.
Find out about environmental NGOs, campaigns, projects in the community, global initiatives that you can possibly raise awareness on, in line with what topic you speak about.