Media magic – children become stars for a day

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Thirty children channelled their inner media personality and learned about the magic of TV and radio under the tutelage of i98FM breakfast announcer Marty Haynes and WIN TV sports presenter Amy Duggan on Wednesday this week.

The children, aged five to 12, scored the media masterclass as part of the IMB Bank’s ‘When I Grow Up’ initiative which also featured the chance for children to become a swimming star with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon or a scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

As part of the event the kids learned how news bulletins and radio programs are produced, presented a news report to camera, tested some of the equipment, set goals and recorded an IMB radio commercial.

I98 breakfast announcer Marty Haynes says the behind-the-scenes tour will open up a world of possibilities for the children as they learn how setting goals can help them reach for the stars and become whatever they want to be.

“Kids love to learn how things work and had a great time going behind the scenes and being part of the action,” he said. “They got to take on the role of newsreader and really become a part of the day’s events. Amy and I also shared how we set goals for ourselves to ensure we achieve all of our dreams. We had to have a great time.”

IMB CEO Robert Ryan said helping children plan for their future was important to the IMB Bank.

“We have been helping people achieve their goals for 135 years and our ‘When I Grow Up’ initiative was designed to inspire children in their future endeavors and teach them how to set goals to achieve in the future. We have some great mentors involved in the initiative which I am sure have inspired our members.”