Budding John Peels and Annie Macs can get hands-on radio experience after a training course was launched.

RadioReverb, Brighton’s community radio station, is offering practical radio presenting courses run by industry professionals with hands-on experience from its studios in Cheapside.

The workshops will tackle the terrifying aspects of radio – from how to operate the technology, legal considerations whenever a microphone is turned on, and the ever-present terror of ‘dead air’.

The course includes presenting, making features, programme planning and production to interviewing skills, as well as tech skills, using a studio and self-operating a mixing desk – while presenters are live on air.

According to statistics from industry research body Rajar, 89% of people tune in for an average of 21.3 hours per week.

Despite new technology, radio has had a huge increase with people listening digitally and on mobile phones making it an exciting time than ever to get into the studio.

RadioReverb is one of the largest volunteer-run stations in the area broadcasting to around 75,000 regular daily listeners.

Kathy Caton, trainer at RadioReverb, said: “These workshops are a completely new direction for RadioReverb and our aim is to make presenting skills accessible to all, especially those who are complete beginners or may lack the confidence to step into radio.

“The courses have been designed specifically to introduce people to all the areas of the world of radio so we cover job roles, production, interviewing, show planning and more.”

The intensive radio presenter’s workshop runs each month until September with further course dates to be announced later in the year.

The feature making workshop is a two-day intensive introduction running on June 27-28 and August 29-30.

All courses are booked on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of eight places per workshop.

To find out further information go to www.radio reverb.com.

Alternatively, to book a place email training@radioreverb .com with the details of which course you’d like to book.