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June 18, 2020

Lock Down Job

Not my traditional line of work delivering food for Morrison’s, yet hugely rewarding helping people during this unique period of time. I know radio opportunities will return but for now I’m doing my bit.

Once again blown away by my lock down job. Delivering for the store community team, to people who are at home because of the situation we all find ourselves in and it’s unwise for them to venture to the supermarket.

A lovely old lady tapped on the window of my van after I dropped to her next door neighbour and asked if I was from Morrison’s (we have plain white vans currently)? I said yes, and she gives me her neatly hand written shopping list to save phoning it in to the store. She adds it’s a big order so no rush just by the weekend please.

Her complete list was for just 21 items which I’m guessing is a weeks food and treats? You know you’re doing something pretty important for people on days like today.

January 2, 2020

Getting Into Radio

This page originally appeared on my website probably 10 years ago and is still as valid today.

Like most industries radio is a tough place at the moment, but the rewards are still good if you’re prepared to make some effort and the odd sacrifice.

My top ten tips on how to get into radio:

10. Be Flexible: That initial break will come when you least expect it

9. Right Place at the Right Time: Not every opening is advertised, start sending emails and calling PC’s (radio station bosses) to find out what’s going on

8. Foot in the Door: I started making tea at Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton

7. Unpaid Work: It is all about getting into the station, be it doing promo work or even cleaning out a store cupboard

6. Travel: If you can travel outside of your home town or city your options are far greater

5. Hospital Radio: Learn the ropes and make mistakes. I started out doing a Friday night show at Sandwell Hospital Radio which proved to be a great training ground

4. Tech Op: I did this at Beacon whilst presenting on Hospital Radio; it gave me a chance to use professional gear and get a real insight into the workings of a proper radio station.

3. Ask Questions: Once you get into a station, ask plenty of questions and listen to the answers; you’ll be surprised what you can learn

2. Listen to the Radio: I was a sales rep before landing a full time gig which gave me the chance to travel the country and listen to many different stations. It is much easier to do this today with the internet

1. Keep Trying: It took me about two years from starting out at Beacon to actually getting my first on-air shift. If you get knocked back, try again and again. You won’t land Radio 1 breakast with 6 months experience but with a few years under your belt you might.

Email any other questions and I wish you the best of luck.