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.


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.

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.


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.

Student Radio Conference

The Student radio Conference. £120 forked out of my ever-growing overdraft. As soon as I clicked that internet transfer through, I thought – “I’ve never been to a conference… aren’t they just usually stuffy lectures for business types and networking and talking about the WENUS?”

Fortunately the rest of the Nerve* Radio insisted it was going to an event not worth missing out on, and if nothing else, could be a laugh for us fellow Nerverts.

Nerverts at their best.

As much as I love Devon, and hate to dismiss it – I am going to. It makes everything so far to get to. So I traveled to my halfway house in Bournemouth before setting my alarm for 4:30am (even once half way there, a ridiculously early start awaited me).

Queuing for my new found friend, the National Express, I bumped into fellow Nervert Chris Jones, and as the journey progressed it appeared I had become some sort of Dorothy Figure from the Wizard of Oz. Starting with Chris Jones, (The Lion as later discussed by myself and Trosh) and Steve, we then picked up Scarecrow man WEB. WEB being Nerve Radio’s honorary work experience boy, who happened to be actually called Michael and is ironically older than myself! This was not only another welcome addition to the SRACON mission, but with a handful of oyster cards,  WEB was more than welcome.

Up to this point I was nervous about travelling to Hatfield on my own. The journey would have technically started in Devon on the Sunday, caught the national express to London on Monday morning, tube it to Kings Cross and then jump on another train. Hey, I’m a Devon girl born and bred, so expeditions like this are a big and scary for me.

Anyway, once we thought we had collected enough Bournemouth goers, the infamous James Trosh of ‘#troshyrumours’ decided to casually sit next to us on the train to Hatfield out of nowhere.

So self-acclaimed Tin-man Troshy, Scarecrow WEB, Toto Steve and Dorothy – God knows why I’m carrying on with this random analogy – arrived at Hatfield with remixed of Womble theme tunes and Snoop Dog instilled in our heads.

Registration was pain-free, but then we entered our halls. Now as a first year student who has only lived in Unilet house accommodation I think I may have had the best experience of halls life on the De Havilland campus. The rooms were ridiculously luxurious for student living and with even (to my embarrassment) personal cleaners for our later fairly trashed flat. We were going to clean it up honestly….

Right, I will tell you now about the actually conference itself, instead of waffling on about trivial matters. The conference was pretty useful. There done.

Geoff Lloyd and Dave Gorman

Nah seriously, there was a pretty awesome line up – if you can refer to lectures like that. My top favourite had to be Creative Radio with Lloydie and Alex Duffy. I won’t reveal all about the sneaky top-secret radio tips but I would highly recommend a bit of research into a KFC prank and a cheeky Chico phone call which both made ace radio features.

Another personal favourite would with the casually titled ‘In Conversation with Dave Gorman’ session. I’m not sure this helped me with my radio show as much as me enjoying an eaves dropping to the inner workings of Dave Gormans’ mind. Did you know he had his nipple pierced? And then re-pierced when it migrated out again?

I think the only bane of Monday would have to be the queuing for the opportunity to be the Voice of the Student Radio Awards. We looked at the queue and thought ‘Meh, it’s bound to die down’ little did we realise that queue had been averaging a wait of about an hour.

So once we had read the infamous line ‘Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the Student radio Conference 2011’ we skedaddled down to dinner and I mildly fretted over the Demo Factor rumours that had begun to circulate.

The Demo Factor is essentially the radio presenters version of the X Factor. I had naïvely expected a parents evening style, one to one critical session about my first demo CD, whilst taking some improvement comments away with me. But no – a judging panel consisting of (to be lazy and list:)

Demo Factor Judges

  • Chris North, Head of Talent & Joint Managing Director, Wise Buddah Creative
  • Vicki Blight, Presenter, Absolute Radio, BBC6Music, & Voice over artist
  • Sam Gregory, Freelance Producer & Exec Produce, Round2Creative
  • Neil Sloan, Producer,  BBC R1, & Workstream Coordinator, BBC Radio
  • Rob Watson, Network Content Producer, Capital 95-106

So yeah. First of all woah, some big industry names there, as well as being presented by the (for me to discover later) lovely Adam Catterall. These judges would then buzz you out if your demo was wrong or lost their interest in any way shape or form. Hmm. Then to make the rumours worse – they had set up a counselling service with The Pips to comfort those who had broken down in tears from years gone by.

Oh dear lord.

When the Demo Factor started, I was excited and nervous – to be expected obviously. However they didn’t have time to play all 70 odd demos handed in, so a raffle system put the chances of my demo being played at a slimmer chance. Not sure if I was pleased by this or not.

However as CHARLOTTE GAY boomed from Adam’s Northern lungs and changed my smiling face to one that look as if I was, and I quote,  ‘sh**ting a brick’. I knew from earlier contenders where my demo was already going to fall on its face (The Peter Dickson style jingle was perhaps not as cool as I had hoped). But it kept playing…. and playing… and playing… why haven’t they buzzed me out? A couple of boards went up, I thought surely I’ll be out soon; no one else has had their played to the end.  But by God Sam Gregory was keeping me in right to the very end. What? How could this happen. I’ve only got a copy of my 2 week FM shows, where I was the co-host and referred to as the spare part to the talent.

I guess I should have paid more attention at this point but my mind was still trying to comprehend what just happened. I generally heard that my voice was well suited for Radio 1 and with a clear voice sounded like the next Lauren Laverne.

It was the first time I had heard any professional criticism and so to then find out I had been then as a result been offered the opportunity to go up to BBC Broadcasting House and record a professional demo was (clichés acknowledged) a dream come true!

King of HipHop himself: Westwood!

I fear how this blog post is going to come across. As nobody likes that person who tries to rub their success in your face – and I hope it doesn’t sound like that. I am incredibly dumbfounded to have this chance. So I will keep you up to date on the latest BBCR1 news.

The rest of the SRACON was pretty awesome too, I really enjoyed Podcasting and Radio not for girls was quite insightful and rounded off the last session nicely. The glorious weather did make the finale of the conference have that deflated end of holiday feeling. So to then accidently leave my luggage on the train and dash back through Kings Cross to luckily still find the train there was an even bigger heart attack than Demo Factor – or even meeting Westwood BIG DAWG!

I think after all this excitement I may need to sit down…