First anniversary celebrations for radio's newest recruits

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake was perhaps a suitable choice as the first song played by the brother and sister duo who’ve broadcast across the airwaves of north Lancashire on Saturday mornings for the past 12 months.

While their class mates are winding down for the weekend, Mairi and Alistair Fisher are gearing up to present a pacey mix of music and guests on Beyond Radio, Lancaster and Morecambe’s community radio station.

For the past year, the Lancaster pair have been given charge of the radio station, which broadcast on 103.5fm and is also heard online, to present a programme that’s ‘by kids for kids.’

“We wanted to make it as interesting and relevant as possible to people of our age,” says Mairi, who at 15 years of age is juggling the radio show alongside preparation for imminent GCSE’s at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School said. “It’s a great release from study – it’s good fun.”

While she admits to preferring to spend time planning the show with a variety of talking points and information, brother Alistair would rather ‘wing it’ making for a lively listen and an ideal partnership.

“We want the programme to be about the kind of things that people are talking about next door,” Alistair said. “In the future we’ll be inviting more guests in and developing the programme in a way that’s inspired by the audience.

One year on, the pair now take charge of the mixing desk to control the output; no mean feat for a show that includes live guests, music and information.

“They’ve taken to the radio station really well and the programme is one of the most popular and well established shows we offer,” according to Duncan Moore, Beyond Radio’s Communities Director. “We’re delighted they’re able to produce such a fresh sounding yet professional programme which and is exactly what community radio is all about.”  On the alternate weeks to Alistair and Mairi, Archie Stride presents a similar styled programme. Archie’s radio career began when he was just 5 years old at Diversity FM, Lancaster & Morecambe’s previous community station.