I hadn’t quite realised it until recently, but I’ve been doing some regular radio programmes on the BBC for more than two years now.
You know what it’s like when you get asked to do something. Something you’ve always wanted to do and in all your excitement, you just jump right in and before you know it, so much time has gone by? Well, that’s me and the radio thing.
I love any kind of public communication; you know, talking to lots of people live. I prefer to do live over doing prerecordings. Live seems to work better for me. Maybe because I have to think on my feet. Too much planning beforehand and I lose the plot.
More than two years ago I was asked by a local radio hero of mine, Herdle White if I’d be interested in getting trained up to cover his radio show when he was off. I jumped at the opportunity. Then through much practice, huge amounts of stress and frustration (including tears at times); learnt how to use two different desks, numerous buttons and levers, timings and timescales, news, & weather intros, not to mention research and logging for hundreds of songs to play, I got some opportunities to cover at first and then, six months ago, to do a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Leicester.
This has been a journey of many highs and lows. Much of which I won’t go into now, but I’m pleased to say that I have and am still doing one of the things of 101 list of things I want to do. A radio show. Well, doing one on the BBC is an amazing bonus.
I am so grateful to Herdle White and everyone else who has helped, supported and encouraged me along the way. Due to programming changes, I won’t be presenting the African and Caribbean show for much longer. The station’s objective now is to create something new and different for a younger audience. This was the plan when I was asked to ‘hold’ the show’s slot until they [the senior managers] had figured out how and what they were going to do next. It will certainly be bittersweet to leave in a couple weeks, but it has been a wonderful experience and a great opportunity. And I hope that I have served my community well during this time.
Okay, truth be told. The photo I’ve used here is one I don’t like at all. It was taken at the Beeb to use for the show and we never got around to changing it. I’m forcing myself to like it by using it here, but I’m not sure that’s working. LOL!
What’s something you have on your list of things you’d like to do or achieve in your lifetime. Have you done it yet? Tell me about it. What was the experience like?
I’ve listed below some links to some of the programmes I’ve presented. Hope you enjoy listening.