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Student who set up radio station and interviewed pop stars is awarded
AN ambitious media student who bagged interviews with chart-topping artists has been rewarded for his work.
Aspiring radio presenter Andrew Backhouse, 18, has been honoured in Teesside University’s annual Passport Pride Awards for the dedication he has shown to his studies.
Andrew, of Catterick, attends the Queen Elizabeth College in Darlington where he launched the QE Radio station and secured interviews with musicians including Jake Bugg, Bastille and Icona Pop.
He has also presented his own shows on Garrison FM and Mearns FM and produced a podcast for the Reading and Leeds festival.
Andrew said he was delighted to receive recognition from Teesside University.
He said: “I am really chuffed – I have never won anything before.
“Passport is a really positive scheme and it has definitely made me more determined to go onto university.”
Michael Lavery, director of external relations at Teesside University, added: “Passport is all about supporting progression into higher education and to hear about the success of students such as Andrew is incredible.
“He, like others on the scheme, has shown a dedication and commitment to succeed which will carry him well into the future.”
Liz Bryan, higher education co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth, added: “Andrew is a worthy winner.
“He is extremely motivated and focused and is an ideal candidate for higher education and indeed a career in radio.”
Andrew, who is studying A-levels in English language, English literature and media, recently completed a work experience placement at BBC Radio One where he gained further insight into how shows are produced.
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