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Get an Insight into our Radio Classes (Radio 1, Sony, Mi Soul + More)

If you follow this blog, or indeed Point Blank at all, you’ll know how passionate we are about radio. From Madam X to Gemma Cairney and Monki, some of our most successful alumni came through these classes in London, and the landscape of internet radio tells you all you need to know about the longevity and dynamism of the medium (thanks in part to one Ollie Ashley, another former student of ours who went on to form Radar Radio). As such we’re always striving to keep our radio courses on the pulse of what’s happening, and one of the many ways we do this is to enable our students to gain access to some of the biggest radio studios and have them spend time with those who have been there and done it. Take a look for yourself with this photo tour of our latest excursions.

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As part of the Station Identity and Branding class, expert instructor Bailey took our students to the BBC’s Broadcasting House to one of the biggest influences within broadcast for electronic music – Radio 1xtra.

Mi Soul Radio

Bailey also took students along to Mi Soul Radio, which covers London, Manchester and Brighton on DAB radio, and is home to the likes of Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson among others.

Radio Class Guest Masterclasses: Shan McGinley (Snapchat) + more

SISTER Radio and Snapchat’s Shan McGinley (shown below) was a recent guest masterclass in radio classes. Other guests this term include Ami Bennett (Executive Producer – Somethin’ Else), Elise Cobain (Playlist Programming at Sony) and Alex Lawless (Producer at Radio 1), giving students additional real-life industry perspective alongside their expert instructors. Check out our in-depth piece on Shan’s visit here.

Students at Point Blank are presented with industry opportunities and guest masterclasses across a wide range of our courses so if radio isn’t your thing, you can find out more about our courses in music production, DJ, songwriting or the music industry. Plus, if you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 20 7729 4884.

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February Offer: Save £1,000 on Point Blank’s Radio Broadcasting Diploma!

The radio industry is the oldest but most agile of the broadcast media – and right now it’s booming. If you want to break into this hugely exciting world, there’s no better place to study than Point Blank – and no better time. We’re extending our previous offer until 28th February! This is the chance to save a cool £1,000 off our Radio Broadcasting Diploma as part of a special New Years offer. To claim the money off, simply enter the code RAD1000 upon enrolment.

The course is Cert HE validated by Middlesex University and offers a comprehensive, 360-degree education in all things radio. You’ll be learning how to present and produce, how to build a station identity and learn the business side inside out. Crucially, in an industry that thrives on innovation and fresh ideas, the Radio Broadcasting Diploma looks to the future of the medium, playing close attention to current and future trends. In short, if you want to ensure your first steps towards your career in radio are as strong as they can be, this is the course you need.

But we would say that, wouldn’t we? So how do we prove it? Simple: when it comes to our radio alumni finding success in the industry, our track record is second to none. Whether it’s institutions like BBC Radio 1 or 1Xtra, taste-making stations such as Rinse or the new generation of cutting edge, online platforms led by NTS and Radar, Point Blank graduates haven’t just bagged roles within the top tier of the broadcasting world, they are helping to redefine its future.

Did you know the founder of Radar Radio, Ollie Ashley, is a former PB student? Or that Radio 1 favourites Gemma Cairney, Monki and Mista Jam cut their teeth at our London School? That’s before we even get to the connections we help nourish and build – both Josh Dowler and Seb Hodgkiss have taken posts as musical assistants for B.Traits after studying with us. You see, we don’t just help you get a foot in the door, we ensure those first steps are the best you can take. Don’t take our word for it – the above video, featuring some of our brightest alums and insider tips, pretty much speaks for itself.

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The reason for our students’ success? Firstly, all of our instructors are proven professionals with enviable track records. Their knowledge, gathered at some of the biggest and most respected stations, ensures we track the newest developments in the medium and equip our students with skills to succeed at the highest level. Secondly, because we believe in giving our students the very best practical foundation for their career – including all the kit needed to get a head start. On top of unlimited practice time in the Radio Practice studio, students on our Radio Broadcasting Diploma each receive a pair of Aiaiai TMA 2 professional studio headphones, a copy of professional editing software Adobe Audition and a Tascam digital recorder. To buy all this gear in the shops would cost £500, but PB students get it for free. Find out more here.

If you’re thinking about studying radio with us, there’s no better time: in addition to our flagship Radio Broadcasting Diploma we now also offer a whole range of shorter courses which give you the option of drilling down into either the presenting and production aspects of radio. What are you waiting for? Whether you want to be the next B.Traits or harbour dreams of starting your own agenda-setting online station, we can help you get there.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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Get involved with Radar Radio’s Mixing Across Cultures Masterclass w/ PB Alumni

This Saturday 3rd December, Radar Radio is hosting a free masterclass at their offices in London. Supported by Smirnoff and featuring some of the stars of Radar’s roster, the one day Mixing Across Cultures event is aimed at up and coming DJs looking to break into the industry.

Demonstrating Point Blank’s impact on the new generation of broadcasting talent, we’re proud to claim two of the workshop’s key mentors as being Point Blank alumni: 1xtra’s Monki and founder of Radar, Ollie Ashley. They will be joined by  Jetsss, Hipsters Don’t Dance and BBC AZN Network who will be on hand to pass on their hard-won wisdom, and a few insider tips, to emerging artists. Attendees can expect guidance in how to open up their sound to new, diverse influences as well as practical workshops geared towards honing their skills, individuality, developing a personal brand and, ultimately, breaking through. There’ll also get the chance to record a mix on the day, the best of which will be featured on an upcoming Radar show.

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Explaining the rationale behind the event Radar Radio founder Ollie Ashley says, “We constantly need young people coming in with a fresh perspective – that’s what keeps the scene exciting. We’re putting on this workshop to give young talent the chance to add another string to their bow and learn from some of London’s best DJs.” Ollie Ashley studied our Radio Production course (part of the Radio Broadcasting Diploma) where he met Monki. After completing his studies he went to work at Rinse FM, first as an intern, then as a producer. He set up Radar Radio in 2014. Monki, who studied our Radio Course, also landed her own slot on Rinse FM after graduating from PB. She now presents on 1Xtra & Radio One where she is a key underground voice for the station. Why not see what she, and other high profile alums, had to say about PB in this Student Testimonial video.

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This is the third event in the Radar Radio Academy series; previous workshops include one for specifically for female producers led by E.M.M.A. and another series of industry mentoring sessions including a writer’s workshop with DAZED. Ashley will be chairing an industry advice session with BBC 1xtra’s Monki, whilst the specific DJ classes will cover all bases (USB/ Rekordbox, Serato/ vinyl & controller respectively) with tutorship from rising Radar stars Jetsss, Hipsters Don’t Dance and BBC AZN Network – demonstrating a hands on approach to mixing across cultures, genres and styles.

Hipsters Don’t Dance have put together an exclusive mix to highlight the musical themes of the workshop, available for download. If you want to take part, spaces are highly limited but you can still apply via the Radar Radio site.

Are you hungry to be part of radio’s exciting renaissance? Want to follow in the footsteps of Ollie Ashley and Monki? In addition to our flagship Radio Broadcasting Diploma we now also offer a whole range of shorter courses which give you the option of drilling down into either the presenting and production aspects of radio. What are you waiting for? Whether you want to be the next B.Traits or harbour dreams of starting your own agenda-setting online station, we can help you get there. For more information or to book a tour of our London studio complex contact a course advisor today.

Register to Access Free Courses, Projects, Samples & More

When you register with Point Blank, you access an array of free sounds, online course samples, access to our social network Plugged In and much more! Simply register below and visit our Free Stuff page to get your hands on a range of exclusive music-making tools and tutorials provided by the team. Fill your boots!

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