A 15-year-old Larne schoolboy has taken part in a 12-hour music marathon in aid of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).
Lewis McAdam presented a radio show from his bedroom at Walnut Hollow on Saturday July 19.
The teenager is a presenter on internet radio station “Chat and Spin” based in Washington, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Co-owner Ron Clark says that the station has an audience of 23,500 listeners.
He credited Lewis with designing and maintaining the website.
He also presents Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast shows and a Wednesday evening show.
“We have never met him in person but we meet him every other day on Skype.
“We created a website and bought the streams.
“We have 20 presenters.”
“Lewis is really good.
“Some listeners have said he is talking to them instead of talking at them.
“He lives and breathes radio.”
Larne High pupil Lewis said that he has been interested in presenting since he was nine years old.
“I stuck a couple of CDs on the CD player and pretended I was on radio.
“I looked to see if there was a station looking for a presenter online, so I applied and joined Rag Radio last year.
Lewis went on to say that he enjoys Chaine FM, Larne’s own community radio station, for which he would like to secure a stint.
“I play any kind of music from the Fifties to the present day.
“I just like a mix of music.
“Before I go on air, I sit down and go through the news to find stories to talk about and compile a play list.
“I would play 20 plus songs during a two-hour show.”
During the music marathon, he said he was expecting to play more than 100 songs based on different themes for each hour.
Lewis, who was born with a cleft lip and palate, says that he is keen to support the CLAPA charity.
CLAPA, which was set up in 1979, is the only UK-wide voluntary organisation which specifically helps those who have or are affected by cleft lip and palate.
It provides support for new parents, as well as people with the condition and their families.
CLAPA’s National Office is in London with a network of volunteer-run branches and other regional contacts committed to providing support for families affected by cleft lip and/or palate.
Branches are run by people who have benefited from the organisation’s help themselves, often working in partnership with local health professionals.
Lewis says that he is aiming to reach a fundraising target of £600 for CLAPA through his musical efforts.
He added: “The charity organised trips to places like the Grand Opera House, so I want to try to give something back.”
To tune in to Lewis, visit www.chatandspinradio.com