Radio goNORTH Archive 2013 Producers' Highlights Mark Thompson

Radio goNORTH Archive 2013 Producers' Highlights Mark Thompson

From men in caravans on the banks of Loch Ness, to skanking to dutch beat boxers with Jim Gellatly, to falling in love with five men from Belgium. Was Radio goNORTH worthwhile? A convincing, oh YES!

Radio goNORTH has been home for the past two weeks. The whole group has lived, breathed and soaked up Radio goNORTH since arriving. As I sit writing this on our final day of Radio goNORTH, tired, drained, needing my bed, a coffee or both, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly to anyone. Some highlights are already mentioned, but the best moment for me was producing a show for BBC Radio Scotland DJ Vic Galloway. The whole process of having to script, and set out the whole show in a particular professional style was incredibly insightful, it was hard work, but fun. A further highlight was booking bands to come in and play live on air for us. W­­hat made it even better was that I was able to get in artists/bands that I loved originally.

The atmosphere around the goNORTH tent for 2013 was palpable. Bands, guests, producers, presenters and delegates just interested in Radio goNORTH were buzzing around and made the feel of the whole broadcast exhilarating. If you didn’t get up this year, you missed out. Mid-course I hurt my leg and was told to rest; the only thing wrong with me though was that I caught the Radio goNORTH bug. Working with Radio goNORTH was so insightful and really great fun and even advice to receive medical treatment couldn’t keep me away from the big white tent in gardens of the BBC.

I couldn’t ask for a better group of trainees to be on the course with. The people I worked with, are not just colleagues or co-workers, they’re now friends. People I’ve known for less than two weeks and we already have inside jokes, and can laugh about anything, as well knowing how each of us work together as part of a team.

I came to Radio goNORTH with a relative deal of experience compared to others, however, even though I left learning a lot of new skills and ideas its clear to me that I have a lot more to learn, more skills to develop, more ideas to be thought. The whole process of goNORTH was intensely enjoyable and I loved every one moment. To anyone who may be considering applying for goNORTH next year, stop considering and get to Inverness, get to goNORTH and get to two of the best weeks of your life.

And always remember one thing, BE EPIC!!!