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Former England footballer interviewed on WHC Radio launch

Creative media production students were treated to a special visit by Alan Smith on Friday 24 April. The former Arsenal, Leicester City and England footballer dropped in to Watford campus for the official launch of our radio station, WHC Radio.

After his playing career, Smith has gone on to become a successful pundit and commentator. He regularly features on Sky Sports and co-commentates on the popular EA Sports FIFA video games.

Journalism students were delighted to interview Smith live on WHC Radio. They had been hard at work honing their skills and putting in the hours to develop, plan and present the programme. They asked Smith about his football career as well as his commentary work. Smith discussed Arsenal’s famous win at Anfield in 1989, Leicester City’s chances of staying up this season, trademark headers, representing England and being the voice of FIFA 15.

George O’Dell, Level 3 journalism student, said: “It was an unbelievable opportunity for me to interview Alan Smith on WHC Radio – it's a day I'll never forget.”

Ian St Peters, journalism tutor, said: “It's a great honour to welcome Alan to the College and it was an invaluable experience for the students to meet and work with a high-profile person from the media. I’d like to thank him for giving up his time.”

After cutting the ribbon and officially opening the radio station, Smith was very generous with his time and spent a lot of it posing for photographs and signing autographs for the excited students; many of whom had patiently queued outside the radio studio.

Alan Smith said: “I'm very impressed with the facilities here at West Herts College. The studios are professional – I’ve spent a lot of time in studios and this is right up there with the likes of talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 live. The students have such great facilities, it really makes a difference and gives them a head start. It provides a great opportunity for them.”

After being asked what advice he would give to young people who want to pursue a career in radio, Smith said: “Practice as much as possible. Throw yourself about and get as much experience as you can. I've got to say that the students did really well and I was very impressed.”

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