2013 Roundup

Radio 2013, graduation, Nerve, Greg James

Clockwise starting from the left. Graduation, 2013 Nerve Awards, My Family, Meeting Greg James (again) at SRAcon13, Presenting on Nerve Radio.

Ah 2013, you’ve been quite an intense and end of an era type year.

Without repeating my Post University Roundup blog post, I’m now re-adjusting to non-academic years and the reality of adult life. Since graduating I’m working as a freelance broadcast journalist, but I am finding myself torn between my heart and my head with what to do next.

I’ve grown up adoring BBC Radio One, and as you can see meeting Greg James was one of the highlights of my year, but being a journalist and a presenter at the same time is something people in this industry are finding a little difficult to get their heads around. I’ve applied, got to interview and been dubbed as ‘also suitable’ for two BBC radio jobs now, it’s frustratingly close and yet not quite there because jobs in the beeb or this industry aren’t exactly easy to come by.

However my time as a journalist has meant my efforts into presenting have been put on the back-burner aside from my weekly Hot Radio show, I’ve not been making the podcast and need to start really channeling all the great feedback since being nominated for SRA Best Female back into my on air work.

I don’t usually blog, mainly because my radio show is often my way of audio blogging but I’m really writing this to try to push myself into working harder to get where I want the be in the radio industry.

The problem is picking my direction.

Anyway, for anyone who reads this at the time of posting, Merry Christmas and may 2014 be a successful year for you and I.

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Post university roundup

Bammj Ball blog

It suddenly occurred to me that for the past three years at the end of each academic year I have been self-indulgent enough to write a summary of what key things have happened in said year,

Sadly enough this will be that last time I can reflect on what I have done during my time at university as it has now drawn to a close.  Like each that passes I think this one has been the best so far in what it has offered me.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have worked with Nerve Radio for the past three years and for my final year as station manager. I’ve made many great friends out of it, hopefully learnt a lot more that I could have ever without dealing with the challenges of leading 200+ volunteers and I’d like to think I’ve left a decent mark on the station as it progresses year on year. In terms of presenting too it has been an incredible year with winning Best Female, Best Interview and Best Feature at our Nerve Radio Awards – I promise it was not a fix! Also the student radio conference like every year was epic – getting shortlisted for the Voice of the Student Radio Awards has made me look into voice over opportunities more than I would have otherwise considered.

In terms of my course, the US Elections certainly took over the first term of the year but, despite how demanding the extra work became, I think it gave us all the most realistic impression of a 24 hour rolling newsroom. That said as much as I enjoyed being live on Hope FM and online from midnight till 7am, I certainly struggled with staying awake near the end of a 26 hour day.

This year also allowed a huge amount of freedom in terms of my major project and dissertation, both massive in terms of the amount of work needing to be put in and also their impact on my degree as a whole. I’m pleased to say the Prison Pen Pal project was possibly one of the most interesting pieces I’ve worked with and getting real interaction from people across the world in what the project was trying to achieve. From years gone by of hearing horror stories I must admit it worried me that I wouldn’t be able to pull off a really insightful dissertation, especially since beginning the course I noticed my marks swayed towards to practical hands on broadcast work. Yet again I was astounded that my idea of political satire and journalism coming together to pose the question ‘what is the role of British political satire programming in a modern democratic public sphere?’ was relatively fun and exciting to see come together to make something I was proud of. I think the interviewees made the piece more than myself to be fair with the likes of Rory Bremner and Krishnan Guru-Murthy as part of my interview list. I’ve been recommended to consider getting it published so I cannot reveal anymore than that at this stage.

As I said, this year really came together for me as finishing with first and second year with middle to low 2:1 marks did make me despondent about the chances of getting a first – but low and behold I proved to myself that it is possible to finish with a First Class Honours.

At this time I have moved into a new place in Bournemouth as I’m working a freelance broadcast journalist for the likes of Fire Radio, Hot Radio, Wessex FM and hopefully in the near future working with the new BBC breakfast in Dorset show. I still feel like a student balancing my time with these stations, though at the moment it is probably easier that what I was doing near the end of my degree.

Fingers crossed the next chapter will go relatively smoothly and I’ll keep this site posted.

Student Radio conference 2013

Popular podcasting

I was putting up catch-ups of my show on my Mixcloud page for over a year and the time had come for me to make a proper podcast to go on iTunes and other podcasting sites.

The Charlotte Gay Podcast

The Charlotte Gay Podcast

For those who are not aware, iTunes has a New and Noteworthy section of it’s podcasting page where they put the top podcasts they reckon are worth a listen to. At this point The Charlotte Gay Podcast has bounced around in there for coming up to two weeks, which means there are some people out there who like what they hear or at the very least are intrigued by my name.

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New and Noteworthy

The podcast is listed under the music tab but this doesn’t completely limit the podcast’s content. It will be a compilation of my Nerve radio, new Hot Radio shows and interviews from the world of music and comedy.

Arrivals FM Roundup

Here marks then end of Arrivals FM on Nerve Radio, and my first challenge as station Manager of Nerve Radio. I know of course I am expected to say it did well, but it really did.

As someone who hadn’t been on the radio committee before, I was slightly concerned that I had thrown myself into the deep end a bit too far.

The Cramatics get to know Nerve Panda

During this FM fortnight we our brilliant experienced presenters with great features and interviews – The Vaccines and Lucy Rose to name a couple. We also had three outside broadcasts; Freshitval, Dub Optic and of course the live show at the Freshers Fair.

The freshers fair was a personal highlight for me, with the Cramatics performing a live set in front of hundreds of eager freshers signing up to join our station.

Following all of this we have now signed up more new members that Nerve has ever known before – and the problem of this success will follow next week as our training team work from 9am-6pm to get everyone ready for our new schedule the following week.

Live Freshers Fair Show

Also during the middle of all this training we have the Student Radio Association regional training days. Nerve is sneeking over to the South East’s day in Southampton instead of hopping over to Wales for the South West’s. We’ve got so many Nerve members wanting to get involved we are even now having to say no to more coming along.

On this free training day we have speakers from BBC Radio Solent, Ministry of Sound and Capital FM. Following this there is the infamous nominations party for the Student Radio Awards. Nervous much? The nominations are going to be announced by Zoe from Capital Breakfast and fingers crossed for any Nerve or Nerve Alumni member up for an award.

In the meantime with dissertation, major multimedia project, work experience, modelling shoots, the upcoming US elections and a radio station to run – let’s just say I can’t complain of not having anything to do.

Click below to listen to my Arrivals FM podcasts.

Charlie Baker interview March 2012

As someone who is relatively new to the stand up scene Charlie Baker has a remarkably familiar face. You have probably seen him playing a cameo role in Doctor Who or IT Crowd, but this all singing; all tap dancing funny man is has more than enough tricks up his sleeve to keep you entertained when he performs at the Plough Arts Centre this April.

This recording includes some questions about his Bournemouth date to for its broadcast on Nerve Radio.

The feature below is published today in the North Devon Journal before his date at the Plough Arts Centre.

 

Download PDF here.

Video: The Charlotte Gay Show on Nerve FM

It has come to that time of year again when Nerve Radio joins Bournemouth and Poole’s FM airwaves.

For two weeks Nerve Radio will be broadcasting on 87.7FM and through www.nervemedia.org.uk

Listen into my show on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th from 1 – 3pm – where I will be joined by part time producer Caroline Scott.

To get in touch you can tweet me or the station, leave a message on the Facebook wall, or message in via the site.

 

Return of The Charlotte Gay Show

The Charlotte Gay ShowThe Charlotte Gay Show returns this Sunday for your listening pleasure.

 

As the hand crafted show photo depicts, you can listen in at nervemedia.org.uk between the hours of 2 – 3pm of a lazy Sunday afternoon.

 

I’ll be bringing you my collection of band interviews I have hoarded over the summer. Kicking off with Ben Howard from the Old Fire Station.

 

If by the smallest chance you’re trapped under a rock during my show – there will be podcasts coming soon!

 

Freshers Radio 2011

Not dissimilar to the FM fortnight we held in March 2011, Freshers’ Radio broadcasted Nerve* Radio across the airwaves on FM and www.nervemedia.org.uk.

Returning as a solo presenter, I presented the last breakfast show between 10-11am weekdays throughout the two weeks.

Although feeling the effects of breakfast show early starts and re-fresher antics returning, it wasn’t the easiest two weeks I’ve done.

This year I promised myself to start podcasting, but until I figure out how I am going to go about it, I have uploaded each show’s best bits to Soundcloud.com

Technically I’ve maxed out my limit for now, so I will upload my last two shows as soon as I can.

I’ve been a bit more organised this year with my shows, actually planning features and how to not play it entirely spontaneously. I liked the news fails feature best, but not sure what new features I’ll test out once Nerve* Radio‘s new schedule is up and running.

In the meantime here’s the little archive of Freshers’ Radio.