“Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
That’s a phrase radio and every single task we do as beings on this planet lives and dies by.
- Forget to buy milk. You don’t get breakfast.
- Don’t plant seeds. Harvests won’t grow.
- Didn’t read the map. You’ll probably get lost.
You get the idea.
Everyday I have to prepare a radio programme and everyday I have to assume that it won’t go to plan. It sounds a bit cynical to think like that, but assuming that what you’ve prepared will get you through an entire show without a hitch is not the smartest move to make.
I get asked a lot about what it is I actually do for a living as a radio producer, especially by family members who believe that I sit around drinking tea and deciding which records to play on the radio… (To be fair, I do get to do that sometimes), so I thought it’s about time I wrote about some of the aspects of my job and what exactly it is I get up to (while of course drinking tea).
The best description I can give anyone is that I am a gatekeeper of the airwaves, standing proudly in front of a giant door.
With results days soon on the way, life as a student about what to do next is quite stressful. So here’s two blogs that might be of some use.
The first comes from my fabulous friend and Instagramer Disasters Of A 30 Something – who not only finds herself daily in ridiculous and hilarious situations – but is right on point when it comes to talking about life:
BLOG: How lunch dictated my career
And then there’s my story of being useless at exams, joining uni, quitting uni, and chasing my dreams:
BLOG: This weeks blog is brought to you by the letter A*….
Whatever you get in your exams, there are options available out there for everyone to get to the next place down the road of life. For some that looks like continuing in education, for others it could be an apprenticeship or a gap year.
There’s no right or wrong about where you should be going in life; just take your time to think about your future and find that thing that makes you happy.
This articles focus is spot on, and applies not just in media, but any occupation. Have a read and see if you agree –
8 Things Everyone at Your Station Should Know – Tracy Johnson Media Group.
(Thanks to for highlighting this one)
Ever been confused by copyright, and whether you can or can’t use something?
Well, the BBC has brilliantly come up with a brand new site explaining just what you can and can’t use when creating content.
Read more about it here.
The BBC have updated their social media guidelines – well worth a quick look and read, regardless of whether you are in radio or not.
Download the full document and guidelines here.
Thanks to @Trushar Barot for spotting this one.
Online audio and video sites have been around for a while, but reading about this start up from Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker not only sounds special, but could be a game changer.
From the Guardian –
“BBC 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne and former Cosmopolitan and Red magazine editor Sam Baker are launching a new online platform featuring writing, audio and video aimed at women….”
Read more here: The Pool from Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker
Follow them on Twitter: @thepooluk