MEDIA students at Farnborough College of Technology will be playing a central role at this year's Farnborough Air Show as they take to the airwaves with the show's own radio station.

Airshow Radio will be on air 24 hours a day seven days a week during the show, broadcasting live from Farnborough Airport with a range of programmes covering news events and interviews, features, information, traffic and travel reports.

This is the third time that the college has set up a station for the show.

The equipment needed for the radio station belongs to the college and will be moved to a purpose built glass fronted studio at the Air Show.

The team is headed up by station manager Fred Marden, a lecturer at Farnborough College of Technology, who believes that the challenge of setting up, organising and running a real radio station is a unique and valuable opportunity for the students.

The station includes a team of interviewers, presenters, news and feature reporters and technical staff.

This year, Airshow Radio will be heard by an estimated 250,000 visitors to the show. Local residents living within a five mile radius will also be able to tune in to hear what is happening. For those living farther afield, the station will be broadcasting on the web. Details at www.farnboroughairshowradio.com