A JOURNALISM student who broadcasts to a million listeners a day is in contention for a national award.
Inzy Rashid from Cheshire has been nominated for the Media Award at the Asian Professional Awards having hosted the breakfast show on Asian Sound Radio for just over a year.
He will face competition from BBC journalists at the ceremony in London on October 9.
Inzy, who is also studying broadcast journalism at the University of Salford, said: “I was shocked – I’m up against people from the BBC and other high profile people but obviously just to get the nomination is incredible – I’m only 20 years old and still studying at university.
Asian Sound Radio broadcasts to one million people across the North West and West Yorkshire from its base in Manchester.
Inzy, who is from Stockton Heath, added: “It’s a massive number of people and, as a young British Asian, to be speaking to a million other Asians I feel like a role model.
“People have said it’s nice to have someone like you representing us.
“We get so much bad press these days because of all the things going on and the headlines so it’s nice to do something positive.”
Inzy’s breakfast show from 7-10am every week day and features special guests from the worlds of acting, singing and sport three to four times a week, while he also does live outside broadcasts and coverage of sports games.
He told the Warrington Guardian: “It’s journalism I want to go into and hopefully end up near the top.
“I think journalism really struck me when I found a massive, deep interest for news and reading newspapers – especially overseas as well as here. That’s been a massive driver in getting this job.
“I really like making people happy and keeping them entertained – I think that’s why I succeed, I feel it comes naturally.”
The University of Salford also runs Masters courses in News/Broadcast and Sport Journalism.