Corby teen radio star broadcasts to 43 stations worldwide - from his home studio

His show is now up for a radio 'Oscar'

By Kate Cronin
Saturday, 29th February 2020, 6:00 am
Oli goes to Brooke Weston in Corby
Oli goes to Brooke Weston in Corby

A Brooke Weston pupil is headed to a London awards ceremony after being nominated for a prestigious radio prize.

Oli Hackett, who is just 15, is in the final three of the Best in Music category at the Young Audio Awards, which will be presented by BBC Radio 1's Matt Edmonson and Mollie King. Radio 1 Breakfast show presenter Greg James will also be a guest at the ceremony next month at the BBC Radio Theatre.

The youngster records The Musicals Way, a radio show about musicals, at his Corby home and syndicates it to 43 different radio stations around the world including to the USA, Spain.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The ceremony will be held at the BBC Radio Theatre in London

Oli, who is a member of Corby Amateur Theatrical Society and also has a show on Kettering-based Shire Sounds, has been a fan of musicals since he was little.

He said: "I did a radio training academy three years ago and I have a little studio set up at home.

"I've always enjoyed singing and dancing and going to see shows and I'm always listening to the soundtracks but I'd never really heard them on the radio.

"So I decided that I would start my own show. It goes all around the UK and to stations in central America.

"I talk about the latest shows and what's popular. I know a lot of people can't get to musicals but they still like to hear about them."

Oli will go to London on March 27 to hear if he has won the award.

"I've been and stood outside the BBC building and had my photo taken but I've never been inside," he said. "It's really exciting."

You can hear his two-hour show on Shire Sounds on Tuesdays at 6pm.