Young Portland Secondary College Student and 3RPC radio host might turn pro some day.
Which is more fun, speedway, motor-cross or radio announcing? Or all of the above? That's the delightful dilemma facing 13 year old Brock Pengilly of Portland Secondary College, one of the newest (and youngest) presenters on community radio 3RPC-FM. Brock, whose show goes to air every Thursday afternoon at 4pm, has settled in well to playing his favourite music on air after three months getting used to the operating board, and the sound of his own voice on the radio.
"There was an announcement at school about opportunities for young presenters at 3RPC, so I decided to give it a go," Brock said. "I got training from Viv Aroin and especially from my grandmother Jenny Collins, who is already a presenter at the station. The hardest part was learning to operate the board, but now I think it's going well. I have to remember what all the slides are for, and avoid dead air."
Ms. Collins, who supervises his on-air sessions due to his youth, agrees. "He is really improving, with more confidence now," she said. "It's not hard for him to get organised anymore. But I do notice that he gets even better whenever I leave the room. I try to go in the studio only if it sounds like he might need some help."
Brock's program came from the handful of CD's he owns, plus a few more he borrows. "I get to choose all the music," he said, "from songs I know". Radio has to compete with schoolwork on weekends, and Brock's other passions motor-cross and speedway, which he enjoys during visits to Bordertown, S.A.
"I might want to be a professional radio DJ some day," he said. "It's a bit early to tell for sure."
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