Our day at Next Radio Conference

Next Radio – It’s one of the geekiest events in the Radio world.

Thanks to Matt Deegan and James Cridland (@matt and @ JamesCridland on Twitter – Radio nerds, go follow them, they’re genius’ when it comes to radio), Tahlia, Jasmine, Georgie and I were able to get some work experience at the event. We were able to rub shoulders with the likes of: Iain Lee - talkRADIO Presenter and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Competitor 2017; James Robbinson – Producer of the Chris Moyles show on Radio X and Aled Hayden-Jones – Head of Programmes at the BBC.

They all brought different stories to the table about Radio. I’d go into them now, but they’re all available on the Next Radio YouTube channel. Our main job on work experience were assembling lanyards in the morning and around 30 minutes before many of the guests arrived, we were able to turn our phones into ticket scanners. Off we went, scanning tickets like no tomorrow! We were told lines would form – Not when there was Global Academy students on work experience.

If you listen to Radio X, you’ll know that on Chris Moyles’ birthday, a large majority of the show was broadcast from outside the Radio X studios. That’s because they set up camp in the London Eye for the morning. He spoke about the logistics of pulling such a stunt, including getting the London Eye to go a whopping three metres per second faster than usual. Over the course of the three and a half hours show they had to get Chris and the team to the London Eye and bring on a guest every revolution. Some of the guests included Warick Davis, Anne Heggarty and a remote control R2D2 cake. Iain Lee, presenter of the late-night alternative on talkRADIO, also gave a talk in which he described his show as “a kind of cult, kinda niche show”. Iain does things rather differently than many other late-night presenters in speech radio. They tend to allow people to get away with more on their show. I would describe his show as not just a show, but a community. If you’re curious, go have a listen from 10PM – 1AM Monday to Friday online and on DAB.

Once again, a massive thanks to James Cridland and Matt Deegan for the opportunity. It was awesome! If you want to go and listen to the full versions of any of these, you can see them and the rest of the event on the Next Radio YouTube channel – You can also see our very own JJ’s speech from last year! 

Written by Ben Edmonds, Y13 

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