The Radio Production Series – Preparing A Radio Programme

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.

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Radio 1 Chart Show on the move

It’s been a firm Sunday fixture for years, but Ben Cooper has announced that the Radio 1 Chart Show is on the move to Greg James’ Friday show. He also announced a new youth council and more short form news pieces.

You can read more here :-

Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday afternoons

And find out more about what’s happening to the Radio 1 schedule here

Broadcasting a joyful noise


Christmas is coming… well actually, for me, Christmas has been on the cards for quite some time, but as I write this post, there are exactly 41 days to the day of good cheer.

Radio is a funny old place when it comes to broadcasting festive music. Even BBC Radio 1 side-lines some of its main stream music and harks back to some of the classics of yesteryear. But what is it that allows this rule to happen? More to the point, what is it about the jingly jangly sounds from years gone by that can’t be matched by artists of today?

I know for a fact that when I flick on the dial anywhere over the festive period, that I’m going to hear the new acts, and ghosts of X Factor past (who could forget them…!) attempt to bellow out a joyful sound, but the sounds of Sir Cliff and Wizzard will be wishing us a Merry Christmas with mulled wine and logs on the fire.

Christmas is a special time of year that allows radio stations just that little bit of flexibility to do what they like, and get away with it, but for the sake of the Christmas angel that sits a-top the tree, please don’t abuse this privilege. 

Ho ho ho.