This morning, I sat in on Adrian Goldberg’s BBC WM breakfast show. Nice bloke.
So, why did I indulge in this bit of “I wanna work in the mediiiiuhhhh”-style self-promotion? I love radio. At its best, radio uses the power of language to make thousands of concurrent personal connections; in the words of Paul Daniels, that’s magic.
As a teenager, I’d spend evenings listening to barely discernible stations from half way across the world; even if their language was entirely incomprehensible to me. Slightly less whimsically, I also learnt the name of the independent radio station in almost every part of the UK.
After a couple of years shocking old ladies, by trying out slightly odd comedy sketches on my hospital radio show, I got a few comedy pieces accepted by BBC Radio Leeds. Although never broadcast, recording them made me think I actually stood a chance of making my living from radio.
Anyway, after a few years of being distracted by the filthy lucre of the internet, I recently decided to get in touch with Adrian, at BBC WM, to see if he had any advice for me. Now, I love LugRadio and also plan to do more like my Birmingham flash mob report. However, I want radio to be my job.
Adrian was very helpful and invited me along to watch his show go out. It was a great experience, which I recommend to anyone who wants to work in the media. This is my second time round, having done all the work experience at radio stations etc, when I was a teenager. Nonetheless, I got nervous and jittery with excitement at being inside a live radio studio!
Thanks very much to Adrian.