Sat. Jul 13th, 2024
RMEY Faith Vibe members in Radio Maria England studio. l-r: Alfie, Aoife, Maryam and Danny.

RMEY Faith Vibe members in Radio Maria England studio. l-r: Alfie, Aoife, Maryam and Danny.

Radio Maria England’s Youth Team – RMEY Faith Vibe – has been nominated for Most Innovative by the Young Audio Awards.

This award will be given to the team who have made the most innovative digital and technical achievements in audio this year. The Young Audio Awards are supported by both commercial and BBC radio. The RMEY team have been nominated because of their understanding of the value of teamwork, their innovative work and because they have ‘the skills that make a modern radio station tick’.

RMEY Faith Vibe began broadcasting at the end of 2020. The original team comprised Alfie, Maryam, Ashish, Dan and Danny. The group were introduced to Radio Maria through Lorretta Peck who was volunteering for the radio by suggesting editorial programmes. Lorretta, catechist at St John Fisher Church in Cambourne, Cambridgshire, comes with the experience of leading the confirmation and youth groups with fellow mum and catechist, Mel Ward.

Lorretta said: “I have been blessed to work with Maryam, Ashish, Danny W, Danny M and of course Alfie, my son, and now my daughter, Aoife, as the newest team teamer since September 2020, on the RMEY Faith Vibe programme. They have all contributed to community life within the parish, often making teas and coffee after Mass, singing and playing instruments in the choir, as well as mentoring other young people through Children’s Liturgy or group work.”

When asked if they wanted to share a faith perspective for young people by young people, not one of them hesitated. Without any experience in radio or other media, the team felt lead by the Holy Spirit. The programming has developed to include Disney quotes, inspirational quotes cleverly linked to the Bible and a mini radio drama, Drogo’s Café written by David Wadsworth, a Cambridge-based Christian writer.

Alfie, a student at Cambourne Village College, is the innovator behind the social media aspects of RMEY Faith Vibe – YouTube, TikTok and Instagram. He enjoys the challenge of presenting his faith using humour along with the deep and meaningful truths of Catholicism to engage with the listeners. He has also grown in the skills of producing the programme, using sound effects and ensuring the timing goes smoothly as possible.

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