Radio goNORTH Archive 2013 Producers' Highlights Innis Snelling
I was lucky enough to be offered a place on Radio goNORTH three days after my last ever university exam – So it was great timing. While I was at university I did some bits and pieces for the radio society – FreshAir. Although it was a good experience, I managed to get by by learning to edit and present a radio show as I did it – I never got any formal training to use the equipment. That’s why I applied for a place with Radio goNORTH and it’s exactly what I got out of it.
On the first day we all got one-to-one training using editing software (Cubase and Adobe Audition), learning how to fix problems in bad sound recording and general editing tips. To be taught all this stuff was great normally you would have to do a HNC/HND at college or something to get this information. But I got it all in two weeks and FOR FREE!! Honestly, that is mental that the whole thing is free – giving literally anyone the chance to learn vital skills for radio.
I’ve got two highlights from the whole thing – producing and presenting my radio show and my pre-recorded segment. We all had to produce a pre-recorded bitty for the show, for some reason I gave myself the challenge of trying to become a folk star in 24 hours. No one ordered me to do this, basically I just said “oh, I could do this” and it stuck. The challenge culminated in me performing in front of 100 odd people at the Northern Roots festival in Bogbain farm. It was nerve racking and made even worst by the fact that I literally didn’t NEED to do it. I ended up singing “Wild Rover” to a crowd of people who paid over £10 to see professional folk music.
Producing/presenting a live show was exciting, exhausting and eventful (it was also fun but that doesn’t start with “e” so I didn’t write it). We had to produce a one hour show in our teams of two – which meant booking guests for the show, preparing interviews, and keeping to a running order. All of this is standard for a radio show and to have the chance to learn all this stuff on a one-to-one basis was bloody good. The shows were broadcasted outside BBC Scotland in Inverness in a tent – the tent itself made it feel like it was the real deal. With guests coming in and out and people running about with clipboards it felt like we all were broadcasting from our own festival.
Basically – I enjoyed it and learnt tons of stuff about radio-ing. If you are reading this thinking of doing it then totally go for it. You learn loads about radio, everyone is a good laugh and it’s an opportunity that I doubt I will get again.