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Young Duo Hit The Airwaves

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton stars Ross Barkley and John Stones took to the airwaves of Liverpool’s new youth radio station on Tuesday to share their favourite songs with listeners.

The teenage duo joined Blues legend Graeme Sharp as guests on a special two-hour ‘Local Heroes’ show on BEAT FM, which focused on their favourite tracks and artists.

Sharp hosted the show and spoke to the pair about music, fashion and their Everton careers.

“Ross and John are young players who love their football, but they have a lot of other interests too, so it’s great for supporters to hear about those interests and what they enjoy doing away from the training ground," said the European Cup Winners' Cup winning striker. 

“There’s a great set-up here at the radio station and it was a pleasure for us all to come along and get involved in the project.”

John Stones and Ross Barkley

Stones, whose favourite artists included Drake and Avicii, said: "I really enjoyed the afternoon. A lot of the songs we played we both listen to quite a bit and in the changing room. We enjoyed broadcasting them out there."

And critiquing 53-year-old Sharp's efforts as a radio host, Barkley added: "Yeah, he has got potential! It was a good experience. It was the first time either one of us have been on a radio station and it was good to play some of the songs we listen to."

BEAT FM, which broadcasts on 87.7FM, is a partner project between Everton Free School and Merseyside Black History Month Group. The radio station is run by young people, for young people across Liverpool.

Yaw Owuso, general manager of the station, said: “This month has been really exciting for the youth involved in the project and the BEAT FM listeners. We have had the likes of Shaggy, Neil Danns, Eve and many more involved. It is great that during our last week on air we have a show with guest like Ross Barkley and John Stones.

“Not only are they both young people with tremendous skills but they are inspirational and aspirational role models for the City’s youth.”


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