INTERVIEW: With local Radio presenters from Reprezent Radio on the changes in the radio industry

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5 things to do in Brixton town over the Christmas season!

Enjoying the festive season! Mulled wine and Smiles all round. (c) Aprilstylesblog
Enjoying the festive season! Mulled wine and Smiles all round.
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  1. Situated in the heart of Brixton is a fun little place called Pop Brixton. Throughout December Pop Brixton will be hosting a Christmas market 4 days a week, where a selection of independent retailers will be offering traditional and qwerky stocking fillers. Everything from irresistible clothing and accessories, knick knacks and socks. Get yourself down there and enjoy the merry atmosphere while trying out their lovely pop up food stalls providing a special festive menu.
  2. Give to a local Brixton charity. It doesn’t have to be money, you can give your time. Helping out with cooking food for the homeless, donating and sorting through clothes to give over the Christmas is very rewarding when done from the heart. There are many people who could do with a little extra help at this time of year.

5 Tips on how to get started in Radio

Radio is something that so many people want to get involved with but don’t know how. I for one, always found radio interesting but never had any resources around me that pointed me in the right direction.  It was only until I became employed by the BBC that I was opened up to the world of radio production & presenting.

We all have our favourite shows and styles of radio we like to listen to but how do you get from practicing with a hairbrush to having your own show?

Working in Radio may seem really farfetched to some but most radio presenters come from a normal  background working unpaid and start out from scratch. So how can we go from clueless to qualified?

1. The first thing you can do is to listen to a range of radio stations.  There are so many different varieties out there. Try and get familiar with as much as you can. However it is also important to understand the different styles of radio nationally and internationally. Even if it’s not something you would normally listen to it is really useful as it different genres and styles allowing you to be a little more creative. Check out stations such as  Reprezent Radio, Bang Radio – variety is key!

2. Go to radio events such as recordings (many of them are free!) and DJ sets. It will help you get a feel of the process behind the scenes and how all the different roles contribute to putting on a professional show. Going to these kind of events is a great networking tool, helping to build contacts and meet other people in the industry who can give you tips & advice.

3. Find a radio station you can get involved with! Most stations are happy to take on work experience and as a result you’ll gain useful contacts. The Roundhouse is great for organising radio based community projects. You can also ask to join your university radio station. Check the roundhouse website regularly to see what projects you can get involved with.

4. What is your USP (unique selling point) Discover your style! What makes you stand out from the rest? Radio is a competitive industry and it’s important that you understand what you can offer to the industry. Start brainstorming your interests; try and find ways to expand your knowledge on your chosen specialities. Are you all clued up about UK grime artists? Then try to source all relevant websites, events and people to keep track on!

5. Practice makes perfect. Create as much content as you can, whether that’s creating playlists, interviewing a local artists or blogging about your favourite artists – everyone has a story to tell. One of the best thing to do is to get used to talking to people and sourcing material. Try and keep your work in one place (start a blog, get a SoundCloud account) so you can monitor your progress and share your work.

Lastly what ever you do. Don’t give up! When working in radio it takes a while to build your brand and audience. Your radio career will take time to develop…but that’s a good thing. Enjoy the journey, learn from as many people as you can and, most of all, enjoy what you do.

 

 

1xtra Live youth sessions

I was given the opportunity to work on the 1xtra Live youth incentive to inform and engage young people about the music and radio indsutry. BBC 1xtra hosted a number of events and and workshops to educate youngsters on the creative indusrty.

I was the photographer for the day! Have a look at what went down.

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Me and Charlie Sloth (c) Aprilstylesblog
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First time using a 3D printer (c) aprilstylesblog

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Music Industry Panel Q&A (c) Aprilstylesblog

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IMG_1696 DJ Training Sessions (c) Aprilstylesblog

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I’m at the BBC Academy Graduation

Receiving my certificate
Receiving my certificate

Over the past 12 months I have been working at the BBC as an Apprentice. This was a really big step for me as I had to take a gap year out of my University course. I feel this is the best thing any student can do in terms of finding out what area you would like to work in. Many students often do not know what they would like to do once they finish university, an apprenticeship offers experience within a full time work setting giving you a taster of real working life!

Early last year I took part in the Stephen Lawrence BBC Trainee scheme which lead to me to be fast tracked to the interview stage for the BBC Production Apprenticeship.

Securing a place on my Apprenticeship was the best thing I could have done! I learnt so many practical, transferable skills that I would have never have learnt by just completing a 3 year University degree. I was given the opportunity to work on many BBC productions from Watchdog, The One Show, Live Events and working with DJ’s on Radio 1Xtra!

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BBC Graduates 2015 me, Vay and Jatinder

So today was the BIG DAY! My graduation, celebrating all my achievements and experienes throughout my 12 month stint at the BBC. My Apprenticeship had its ups and downs but I pulled through till the end! A job was never guaranteed, however many students secured jobs before the end of their apprenticeship.

Me and the Director of BBC Television
Me and the Director of BBC Television

However I have decided to return to my University degree and use the skills I have learnt to complete my BA in Media and Cultural studies. What would you have done?

Use the poll to tell me what you think. 

Teen Awards 2015: Red Carpet Madness

So! Last week was the Teen Awards took place at the famous Wembley Stadium. I was given the opportunity to work on the event  (whoop whoop). My work invovled a bit of everything, from working on the red carpet to backstage and ushering the tinie bops (young people) around the building.

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Before the stage performances kicked off there were thousands of overexcited adolecence queing up to see who would appear on the red carpet . There were instant high pitched screams of excitement when the crowd thought Justin Beiber had appeared (who was really the Radio 1 presenter chris moyles lol!). I found that devasting moment so hilarious! The frantic screams quickly turned to silent straight faces!

Apart from the fake celebrity stunt, strutting on the red carpet were the likes of Little mix, Nick Grimshaw and Demi Lovato.

I know you want to see some visuals so here’s some snaps for ya!

Grimmey giving us his trademark grin!

 

 

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Little Mix onstage

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Outfit Of The Day! Uni Swag

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I love this mosaic elephant!

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I woke up this morning and realised I had less than 20 minutes to get ready! So I thought ‘hmm’ my outfit has to match my hat to cover this birds nest of hair that I honestly cannot be bothered to touch. I picked out my camo long sleeve from Topshop to match the weather. It looked ever so cold outside when I peaked through my window but when I got outside it was actually a warm day. I matched it with a pair of black ripped jeans and my Jordan Futures.

When attend Uni I always go for the relaxed ‘I couldn’t be bothered today’ look. Im going to try and make more of an effort though

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Hat Footlocker

Camo Jacket Topshop 

Ripped Jeans Topshop

Jordans Footlocker