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Scots students planning 24hr charity radio broadcast in aid of Ukraine

A GROUP of Scots students are preparing to go live on radio for 24 hours in a push to raise funds for Ukraine.

Journalism students from Edinburgh Napier University’s radio group – Radio ENRG – are hosting their annual 24 hour charity broadcast.

A staple on the University’s calendar, this year, those involved say the funds raised will be going to support those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Students from the university will be on air from 12pm on Wednesday 4th May right through until noon on Thursday.

ENRG Editor Seán McGill, Co-Station Manager Jessica Matthewson, Co-Station Manager Arran Proctor in Radio ENRG’s Studio at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston Campus.
ENRG editor Seán McGill and co-station managers Jessica Matthewson and Arran Proctor have put the broadcast together.

The group have a range of shows planned to entertain listeners throughout the broadcast, with students assuring that there are dedicated slots for “musical lovers, indie fans and dance ravers”.

The broadcast will also have quizzes, live phone-ins and debates, all produced by the current batch of journalism students.

Radio ENRG’s sister websites will also contribute to the broadcast, with political discussion from ENRG Debrief and all sporting-related avenues covered by the team at ENRG Sport.

This will be the first time since 2019 that Radio ENRG has been able to hold its annual charity broadcast, due to the pandemic.

Students raised £625 that year for Endo Warriors West, a charity supporting women with endometriosis, in the most recent edition of the 24-hour charity broadcast. 

This year’s event has been organised by ENRG Editor Seán McGill and Radio ENRG Station Managers Jessica Matthewson and Arran Proctor.

All four year groups will be represented on the event, with some fourth year students using it as a way to bow out of their radio shows ahead of their graduation.

Editor of ENRG, Seán McGill, said: “The decision to send this year’s money to Ukraine was an easy one.

“By the time the 24-hour broadcast is live, we’ll have passed 70 days since Russia’s invasion began, and more and more people are suffering every day because of it.

“Being on the radio is great fun, but if we, as a group of students, can also do some good while being on air, we see that as a real privilege.”

Co-station Manager, Jessica Matthewson, said: “Due to the pandemic, we have been unable to conduct our annual charity broadcast for the last two years.

“We’re all so excited to be back in the studio this year, especially due to the fact that we are raising money for such a worthy cause.”

Co-station Manager, Arran Proctor, added: “Radio ENRG is an amazing source of gaining skills in broadcast journalism.

“Doing this charity broadcast means that student journalists are advancing their talents for good!”

A social media team will be working hard throughout the night, taking song requests and posting updates at @RadioENRG.

Radio ENRG’s Charity Broadcast Extravaganza will be live from 12pm-12pm on Wednesday 4th May into Thursday 5th May on the Radio ENRG website.

Any donations to Radio ENRG’s cause can be made via this JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/radioenrgnapier

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