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Former student Luke Barnes showed a group from Bath College around Somer Valley FM.

 

Students studying Level 3 IT visited the radio station in Midsomer Norton to take a look at IT facilities.

 

They listened to a presentation about running a radio station and the legal requirements of broadcasting.

 

Students tested software used to program broadcasts and learnt how the radio station backs up its programmes every day.

 

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Mr Barnes, the radio station’s production and systems manager, also introduced students to station manager Dom Chambers.

 

Somer Valley FM is a non-profit organisation and all income is invested back into the radio station to keep it running.

 

Students talked about volunteering at the radio station, which only has two full-time members of staff and relies on hundreds of volunteers.

 

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Lecturer David Wills said: “This trip demonstrated to students the high degree of enterprise needed by staff to found and run a local SME company on a non-profit basis.

 

“The experience was appreciated by students as it gave them an insight into different range of possibilities for work placements and a chance to talk to enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are local and accessible.”

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