Radio goNORTH Archive 2013 Producers' Highlights Seonaidh MacLeod
Being on the Radio GoNorth 2013 course has been great. The course has helped me in editing packages and also gaining confidence to speak on mic. I have never liked speaking in front of a mic, but Richard, Scott, Al, Julia and Darren have helped me gain confidence in speaking skills, which ultimately helped me do a live interview on air with Steve Farris (he discovered Snow Patrol) and which was my first ever time speaking in front of a mic.
Also the course has helped me in editing skills, which is extremely important to me because I want to become a Sound Engineer when I leave school. I was really pleased that Al let me watch him and help him with recording live bands which started from just setting up mics to recording the bands completely on my own which before I couldn’t do with confidence, but now I feel I can go home and record and mix sessions with bands and think at the end I did well. If Al hadn’t let me work with him and basically showed me how everything works including all the little detail with compression etc, this would never have been possible. I love Al.
Scott & Richard helped me a lot over the last two weeks, especially with advice, being the youngest in the group is hard, but when everyone else has some kind of experience with radio, editing etc, its really hard to go in and come up with ideas because you think that they will be completely rubbish but both Scott & Richard helped me a lot with all my ideas that I had, developing them. If Scott & Richard hadn’t been there, cheering everyone up, giving advice on running orders etc, I don’t think we would have been able to get through the course especially in the last 2 days before Radio GoNorth went on air because it got really stressful with booking people trying to think up running orders, getting packages finished, bands recorded. But we managed to through it but without them, I don’t think it would have been possible, but as Richard says “be epic”.
Also, the contacts and connections I made during the course was unbelievable. I didn’t think that I would have a number to the guy who signed Snow Patrol who gave me a USB to all of his company’s bands that they signed and his personal contact details. He also introduced me to a guy called Marcus who owns an independent recording studio in Glasgow and said whenever I was in Glasgow to go to his studio and I could work with him on recordings. All these skills I have learned over the past two weeks with Radio GoNorth are going to be really useful to me if I go into a job in the Radio or TV Industry, or even the Music Industry. Loved spending the two weeks with all the guys definitely going to be an end of an era when it finishes and going to be sad leaving everyone, but hopefully next year will be just as successful as this year was! Radio GoNorth has been my best experience of my life so far!