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Case Study : Charlie

"I never thought my dream of being a radio presenter would be possible in Torbay!"

Since putting out his first radio show on the station four years ago, Charlie has come a long way. He’s now Ocean Youth’s Station Manager, mentoring a new generation of budding young presenters and producers.

When Charlie first came to us through The Medical Tuition Service to help with his social anxiety and lack of self-confidence back in 2019, he discovered an immediate and enduring love of broadcasting.

2023 was the year that Charlie led the Ocean Youth team as it launched on DAB across Torbay and Teignbridge. He helped develop the new app, which has massively increased our listeners and allows more young people across the Bay to find the station and be part of the community.

He now oversees and delivers our Ocean Youth Saturday live workshops, inviting, encouraging and guiding young people from the Torbay community to present their own radio shows and podcasts. He works with the Ocean Youth Core Team and Sound Communities staff to help shape the future of the station and widen its reach as well as being a member of Ocean Digital our creative digital talent agency.

Before joining Ocean Youth I struggled massively with social anxiety. Four years later, I'm now a paid member of staff and Station Manager for Ocean Youth. It’s great seeing young people grow in confidence and learn new skills like I did. I never thought my dream of being a radio presenter would be possible in Torbay!

Charlie, 2023

"Since starting at Ocean Youth, we have seen Charlie become much more confident, socially and in himself. We are so proud of what Charlie has achieved and it wouldn’t have been done without Ocean Youth."

Charlie's mum, 2023