On November 2018 I joined Joe on his weekly political show. This show included a ‘comic relief’ segment which I provided and a more serious talk on politics. Keeping in mind of our audience which politics doesn’t conventionally appeal to them.
The show was hosted by Joe and began with a talk on the voting system and brexit. These long periods of talking were broken up by songs. Later on I joined Joe for a discussion on the representations of Theresa May and Boris Johnson, our commentary led to many tweets on @ItchenRadio twitter page with many images of Mr Tumble.
After this began my segment on the strange moments by politicians, including Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. This went well as I have improved the speed of which I speak by pacing myself more which compared to my first programme has greatly improved.
One thing I could have added to Improve this piece would be to give listeners more facts and statistics on the topics and opinions i brought forward as to give a sense of authority and knowledge on the subject.
To finish off my segment I introduced the first part of the interview conducted by Joe which was split into two as the full interview would have been too long for audiences.
Before the idea of this programme came about I had already gotten an interview with the founder of Monty’s bike hub. This was because I had met him before and arranged an interview knowing it would be a good idea for a future programme and in November 2018 the interview was used for a programme I created.
The programme itself was a large improvement in quality for me. I had slowed down the speed of which I spoke considerably and the overall content of the programme was of a better quality as well.
At the start I begin as host, introducing myself, the show and the other members. I introduced the next songs and the following segment of the up coming children in need, handing the show of to Jade.
After then I announced the next songs followed by Joe with his segment which ended with shout-outs to students. the next following songs finished to my segment on Monty’s bike hub, including the interview. After I ended the programme and thanked the audience for listening.
In the first few weeks of October 2018 I was tasked in creating a programme for the following day on Itchen radio with a group of people I have never worked with. During this we decided on the topic of Halloween and I talked about Halloween costumes for our main audience, mature teenagers.
My topic was costumes and without being specific on brands or shops I gave my piece on what people can do and relating it to trends of my age groups by referencing beauty bloggers and the Halloween make-up trends of this year and the previous years.
The presenter of the show chose to not script anything and because of this there was some worries entering the studio as to the layout of the show and where the placements of songs were going to be, because of this I had taken responsibility to create a last minute programme layout showing which songs were going to play when as well as who would speak in between them for their segments.
The main issue I faced in the creation of this programme was the people I was working with. Their styles of presenting was unknown to me and as this was my first programme working with them I had to find a flow between our presenting.
From this I have learned how to deal with last minute changes and being able to adjust to peoples preferences on their presentation of themselves whilst live and in the studio. After this I will make sure to take more control of each programme I am a part of so to get the outcome to be as good as I want it to be.
In August 2018 I started a series of programmes looking at local events in Southampton and Hampshire for Itchen Radio. To start this series I looked at the upcoming Southampton Pride event at the Guildhall. I had refined my ability to secure interviews and was more confident in asking the public for vox-pops. This helped as it was much easier to get an interview with a representative of Pride Southampton. One issue I had faced is the lack of professional equipment as it was summer break and I was unable to access College equipment which I wanted to use for my vox-pops and interview. because of this the quality of the audio for them was not as good as I would have liked.
Having a positive representation of gay people in our community is extremely important in our current political and social environment and the reasoning for Pride to be the first event shown in a series of local event programmes is that I want for this community of people to see the representation in our local area and for any Itchen students to feel included into Itchens Society as well as feeling apart of Southampton.
The programme begins live with the presenter Joe introducing the show and what were going to be talking about today. It was quite different working with a group and a few of the people within the group were unknown to me, this caused some benefits and disadvantages.
This was my first live programme across Itchen College and so i feel my segment in the programme wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, though I am still proud of the outcome.
the benefits to working in a group were that we spread the work load with each other though some members needed more help than others to get their scripts together. I was tasked with getting an interview and vox-pops. This task I was confident in since I’ve had many successes in the past with securing interviews. The other tasks included writing scripts for each segment, I had helped in each since my work was already completed at this point. I gained many ideas from my group as they showed me how they present themselves on radio which I compared my own methods and improved upon based on their input.
A few disadvantages working with a group is that we were all on different skill levels in our confidence when it comes to speaking live on radio. Some nervousness from the first segment rattled the rest of us which I feel can be seen during the show. Now I know this I will need to try and stay calmer for future programmes. I also noticed our levels of organisation varied wildly. With a few people ready and completed a few days before and others typing their script at the last few minutes before we went live. This showed me that in future if i work with these people again I may need to organise others as well as myself.
after Luke’s segment on gay representation in the music and media industry was my segment on Southampton Pride which occurred during the summer a few weeks before coming back to college. In this time before college I had collected the vox-pops at the event and organised and interview a day after. Because i wasn’t in college at the time I could not get access to the voice recording equipment which I needed. Instead I used my phones voice recorder which wasn’t industry standard but did work for what I needed.