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Become a DJ - courtesy of the UK Army

The types of peace support work that soldiers can get involved with in Bosnia and Hercegovina are many and varied. Even the unlikely sounding job of disk jockey has a role to play.

In mid-May 2000 the UK Battle Group ran another of its Radio Presenters' Courses at the Metal Factory in Banja Luka. The course programme was devised and taught by Captain David Bailey of the recently renamed radio station 'Oksigen'. Troopers Costello, Graham, Lees and Cpls Bentley and Martin from B Sqn, The Light Dragoons, and L/Cpl Sharp from 1 King's Own Royal Border Regiment attended. The course, which runs as part of an on-going programme, is aimed at soldiers who are interested in becoming radio presenters and regularly hosting their own hour-long shows on local radio stations. In doing so they can help to promote the overall peace support initiative in Bosnia. Radio shows are produced by the soldiers, who volunteer to write their own weekly scripts and choose the music during their free time. They are then able to host their show on air every week with an interpreter beside them.

The soldiers were shown the principles of how to inform, educate and entertain their audience and according to Bailey some very interesting programme ideas emerged from the group on the second day of the course. It soon became obvious that there was no lack of natural talent from these fledgling broadcasters and that evening Cpl Martin and Tpr Graham of B Sqn the Light Dragoons went live on air at Radio Laktasi with an hour long slot. There was a rapid and massive response from the local youngsters who tuned in and phoned up in droves to answer the competition question set during the programme.

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Nations of SFOR: UK