BA Journalism students get down with Boogaloo

Fast-growing 'Global local' radio station provides exciting opportunity for students.

Date: 20 November 2019

London Met BA Journalism students are getting some real-life skills whilst giving back to the city at the same time through a unique collaboration with north London’s ‘global local’ – Boogaloo Radio.

The station’s the brainchild of Gerry O’Boyle, who runs the legendary rock’n’roll pub, the Boogaloo, in Highgate. The “world’s first and only 24-hour radio station broadcasting from inside a pub” launched in January 2018. 

Past Boogaloo regulars have included the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Primal Scream and Nick Cave.

Fifteen second-year students studying Advanced Reporting met Gerry and Station Director Jenn Crothers at the pub to see how they can collaborate on radio, podcast, video and social media projects.

Boogaloo Radio has big ambitions. From 40,000 listens a month to its online output, it’s aiming at 400,000 in the next few years.

Reach is impressive, with listeners as far away as Seoul – who regularly send flowers to Gerry and the team!

Students are fizzing with enthusiasm.

Claudia Schergna said: “The fact that they are a blank canvas gives us a great opportunity to be creative and think of completely new projects, which is great! I can't wait to get in touch with them and propose some ideas which came to my mind during the visit and in the following hours.”

Ryan Evans said: “It was a great opportunity to visit the Boogaloo bar and Radio. It's nice that they are looking for people to take onboard. It’s a foot in the door.”

The visit was organized by tutors Simon Cadman and Joel Chernin.

They are delighted with the positivity in the air.

Advanced Reporting module leader Simon said: “Gerry and Jenn are genuinely looking for fresh young talent. Who knows where this might lead?”