Radio goNORTH Archive 2014 Producers' Highlights Danya Mackenzie
Although the last two weeks have been challenging, Radio goNORTH has been an incredible experience. There have been highs and lows, the first week in particular pushing all of the trainees out of their comfort zone. Having come to Radio goNORTH with a small amount of presenting experience I was keen to take my skills a step further and get to grips with the technical side of the industry. Whilst I’ve still got plenty of room for improvement the programme has kick started the learning process and allowed me to try things I perhaps wouldn’t have had the chance to do elsewhere – a must for all aspiring radio buffs! Hard work aside, Tuesday saw Gareth Waugh and myself take to the mic for the first show of the festival. With three breakfast shows packed with great guests, including Irish comedian Michael Redmond, former Skids frontman turned film-maker Richard Jobson and the founder of the Scottish Games Network Brian Baglow, trying to pick highlights hasn’t been easy.
On Tuesday we were extremely lucky to be joined by Head of Radio for BBC Scotland Jeff Zyzinski. Having briefly met Jeff the night before he kindly agreed to come along for a chat and what a great sport he was. Tuesday’s show also saw Radio goNORTH play host to host to Joshua Mackenzie and Gordon McKerrow from Inverness based four-piece Lionel who came to perform a short live set. goNORTH is notorious for showcasing some of Scotland’s best artists and this year was no exception… In addition to Lionel’s performance we had Jonny Watt and Lewis Hamilton from Dunfermline based four-piece Foreignfox who blew us away with their acoustic rendition of well-known track ‘Yoghurt’, before giving us an exclusive of new track ‘The Reason For Everyone and Everything’. On Thursday Ally McCrae popped in to give some advice to our aspiring radio presenters and to top it all off we had a very unexpected but special live session. There were so many highlights that came out of taking part in Radio goNORTH, but this was definitely the best. After a scheduled band had instrument issues we threw together all the musicians we could find – Michael Cassidy, Angus Munro and Tess Moran, Ryan McGlone and Alice Anderson from The Youth and Young. These guys had only 20 minutes to learn and rehearse a last minute song, and what they did was pretty incredible! You can hear their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ as part of might highlight package below.
Overall goNORTH has been a fantastic experience. Not only were new skills learnt, but new friendships made. The highlight of my year so far.