BBC Radio Cambridgeshire has announced BBC Local Radio’s biggest ever talent search on the Kev Lawrence Breakfast Show and ESP magazine is joining the hunt for New Voices.
The BBC is hoping to find the next generation of radio stars. All 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands are hosting open auditions for New Voices this month.
In Peterborough, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will be holding auditions at the Key Theatre at the Embankment in Peterborough on Saturday September 28 between 3.30 and 6pm.
BBC Local Radio is on the hunt for ordinary people with a love for their local area to take to the mic. Anyone over the age of 18 can audition and no previous experience is required.
Hopefuls will have 60 seconds to impress a panel of judges. You could tell a story about something you care about, something local, something personal… anything as long as it’s unique.
In Cambridgeshire the judges will be; Sue Marchant, presenter at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire; Xidus Pain, award winning rap artist and musician; Sharon McAllister, editor of ESP Magazine and Imtiaz Ali, sports host at Salaam Radio.
The judges are looking for people who have the potential to contribute to existing shows, present their own one-off programme or even land a regular slot on a station.
BBC England’s Head of Audio and Digital Chris Burns says: “BBC Local Radio has always been the place in the BBC where new talent can get a break. Very few of today’s famous broadcasters haven’t done a stint at their local station. We are determined to discover the next generation of new radio talent. Our local teams speak to hundreds of people every day and know there are plenty of fascinating talkers out there who deserve more air time. So we’re opening our doors and inviting people to have a go at getting a slot on one of our stations.”
All you have to do is turn up at the Key Theatre prepared to impress.
The auditions will be first-come-first-served, so everyone is asked to make sure they check the times of the auditions and arrive promptly for the best chance to be seen.
The New Voices search is part of BBC Local Radio’s commitment to move into a new era. Last year the shared weekday evening show was replaced with fresh evening shows focused on bringing new talent to the BBC and covering subjects not usually heard on BBC local radio.
Anna Lapwood the 24-year-old director of music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, a former Leeds United footballer, former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid and Letitia George a finalist on The Voice were just some of the new stars who scored their first break in broadcasting in the evening line-up.
Some of the biggest names in broadcast started in BBC Local Radio including Jeremy Vine and Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey. Now it’s hoped the New Voices open auditions will uncover even more new talent.
For further information and full terms and conditions visit www.bbc.co.uk/newvoices
Photo Kev Lawrence: Phil Mynott