8th August 2006



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Two University of Lincoln graduates have beaten hundreds of other radio DJ hopefuls to make it though to the final stages of Viking FM’s Radio Idol competition.

Steve Langstaff (25) from Hull and Shea Taylor (22) from Derby went along to the auditions at the Viking FM studios in July and have been short-listed along with 52 other finalists.

Finalists will be chosen at random to join presenter Mark Somers on-air during the 96.9 Viking FM breakfast show between 7am and 9am.

Towards the end of the show the presenter will get a call on the special Radio Idol hotline. The ‘Boss’ will tell Mark whether the finalist will live to fight another day or whether they are dumped. The presenter will then relay this decision to the finalist on-air.

If the Boss decides that the finalist will not return, another finalist will be chosen at random. Listeners then have to vote for who they want to become the Viking FM Radio Idol. The person or people with the most votes will get their own slot on the station.

Steve and Shea met whilst studying at the University of Lincoln in 2003. They presented a show together on student radio station SIREN FM called ‘Him and Me’. Steve who has a degree in Media Production and Shea who has a degree in Journalism are taking part in the competition in the hope that it will lead to a career in the radio industry.


“Since we graduated last year we’ve been busy sending off demos and working on a voluntary basis for community and hospital radio stations,” said Shea. “So far we’ve been unable to get any full time paid work in radio. We’re just waiting for our big break and I’m hoping this could be it!”


Shea and Steve will be driving a minibus from Burton-on-Trent to Lincoln and then up to Hull on Friday 18th August handing out flyers and encouraging people to vote for them on the Viking FM website (www.vikingfm.co.uk).


Got to photo From left to right Steve Langstaff and Shea Taylor


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Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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