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Rewind: Hosting the mid morning show on Clyde 1

February 15, 2012

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4 years hosting the 10am-2pm music show on Clyde 1. What was it like? I had an absolute blast. There’s no better buzz than throwing open the phone lines, letting listeners come on and get involved in between the tunes. Back in 2008, I took part in this interview, explaining how I moved from being a journalist to […]

Rewind: A typical week on the Real Radio newsdesk

February 15, 2012

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Let’s rewind a few years to late 2005 when I was working as Deputy News Editor at Real Radio. I wrote this article for Press Gazette explaining what the job involved. Have a read and you’ll get an idea of the huge variety in this kind of job. Just one of the reasons why I […]

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A post about RAJAR

February 3, 2012

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RAJAR is the system used to measure radio audiences. Sometimes I’ve been lucky. Figures for my old show on Clyde 1 increased 6 quarters in a row. Sometimes I’ve been unlucky. When I started, the numbers went down for the first 9 months. And there is an element of “luck” in both the good and the […]

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An opportunity…

January 22, 2012

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The BBC has an opportunity for presenting talent with disabilities. If you or someone you know is interested, this link tells you all about it. Opportunity for presenters with disabilities…

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*For Teachers: Media Related Discursive Essay Questions/Debate Topics

January 18, 2012

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“Newspaper sales are in decline. What could they do to halt the slide and win back readers?” “Should radio DJs be allowed to play whatever music they like?” “Is it acceptable for a journalist to hack someone’s voicemail if their aim is to expose criminal activity?” “To what extent are newspapers a force for good […]

How much will you compromise?

January 18, 2012

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Chances are you’ve got an ultimate ambition for your work in the media. What’s the dream? Hosting your own new music show in the evenings on BBC Radio 1? Making audiences all over Scotland laugh in the mornings on Clyde 1, Real Radio or Capital? Being a news anchor on BBC News Channel? Maybe having […]

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How YouTube can help with demos

January 18, 2012

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I get asked a lot about demo tapes and how you should attract the attention of Programme Directors if you want to work in radio. Have you considered putting your audio on YouTube? It has many benefits. First, it’s a consistent file format that I know is going to work and searching for something on […]