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TV presenter Radzi and University launch new ‘excellence’ podcast series

5 February 2021

Making Gains with Radzi

Episode one of Making Gains, hosted by Radzi Chinyanganya, featuring an interview with WWE star Mark Henry

TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya has launched a new series of podcasts in partnership with the University of Derby, which includes interviews with famous guests talking about how they excel in what they do.

Radzi presented flagship BBC children’s show Blue Peter for six years has gone on to become one of the most experienced and diverse presenters on our screens. He has hosted a variety of sports on TV such as snooker and wrestling, and has now put together his ‘Making Gains’ podcast series.

The series is dedicated to the ‘pursuit of excellence’ and the first episode focusses on strength, speed and power. Radzi, himself a former athlete, with an interview with WWE star Mark Henry. Radzi has also tapped into the expertise and insight of the University’s Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science academics on the issue of strength and conditioning.

I am fascinated by human beings who are totally dedicated to and obsessed with the pursuit of excellence, and the show will be about talking to those people and finding out what makes them tick

Radzi Chinyanganya
TV presenter and author

The partnership with the University follows the success of ‘The University of Derby presents…Open Day Live’, hosted by Radzi in September.

It was a trailblazing online event for prospective students, designed to ensure that despite the pandemic preventing them from visiting the University, they could find out all about life and study at Derby through Radzi’s interviews with staff and current students.

Radzi has also just published his debut book entitled ‘Move Like A Lion’, which aims to help children with their physical and mental wellbeing.

He said: “The whole premise about Making Gains is about people on the pursuit of excellence.

“I am fascinated by human beings who are totally dedicated to and obsessed with that pursuit, and the show will be about talking to those people and finding out what makes them tick, how they do what they do and how other people can do exactly the same thing.

“I am so excited to find out these things and delighted to be working with the University of Derby to be able to share it through this series of podcasts.”

Smita Chohan, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Derby, said: “Radzi’s involvement in the Open Day Live event was pivotal to its appeal and success, and we are delighted to be supporting the Making Gains podcast series.

“Radzi has become an important ambassador for Derby and it is fantastic to build on our relationship with him by working in partnership to deliver what promises to be a fascinating series for anyone who has an interest in what it takes to succeed in your chosen field.”

The series will continue throughout the year and each episode will be available on all major podcast platforms.

To find out more, visit the Making Gains page of the University of Derby website.

For further information contact the Corporate Communications team at pressoffice@derby.ac.uk or call 01332 593419.