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