There was a spot of cordial cross-Channel communication at Grovehill-based Radio Dacorum over the school summer break.
Not only did the community radio station invite in youngsters to man the microphones for dedicated slots during the holiday – they also opened their doors to a group of visiting French students.
Station manager Matt Hatton said: “The summer kids shows were massive fun and very well attended.
“I think we must have had about 50 or so in during the holidays.
“We even had a whole coach load of French students who were visiting Hemel Hempstead for two weeks.
“We also had a 15-year-old student from Moscow visit and do a show while taking a break from participating in a local summer camp.
“Some of the youngsters have gone on to do their own shows – Zahra Jaral from Hemel Hempstead is 14, and she presented a few shows completely single-handed.
“Now we are looking to start back with our mums in the mornings shows, which proved very popular at the start of the year.
“A few of the mums of those who were involved in the summer have expressed an interest in coming in themselves, but we have more than enough room for many more.
“I would like to get three mums in on each morning show to chat and banter, choose tunes and cover as many local topics they can think of or that are suggested by the listeners.”
The station is also starting to hire out the recording facility of the Radio Dacorum studio, on quiet days, to local bands for a cut price hourly rate, so they can record their music and be shown how to edit the recordings.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved in Radio Dacorum, visit the website at www.radiodacorum.org.uk