On Wednesday 9th of December, as the new additions to the Radio TOGS Team, myself and the other Year 12 students were given the opportunity to visit the Global Radio Studios in London.
Global Radio are a British media company, who own a large number of radio stations across the United Kingdom. Their headquarters, based in Leicester Square, London are home to some of the biggest names in the radio industry, including stations such as Heart, Capital, Classic FM, LBC, Smooth and Gold.
We were greeted by Adrian Stewart - Head of Programming Development, our tour guide for the afternoon. After a brief introduction to Global and answering questions, we were introduced to Paul Phear, a presenter at Smooth. He then led us into the Smooth studio where were shown how to work the state of the art radio equipment. During this time we witnessed a live broadcast and even received a shout-out.
In the Capital studios we met Greg Hughes, Capital FM and Vodafone Big Top 40 producer, who gave us an insight into what is involved in radio production. We then proceeded to move onto the slightly smaller Capital XTRA studios, here we met Toni Phillips who spoke to us about her experience as a presenter and the qualities which she believed were required to succeed in the industry.
Finally we visited Heart - live on air at the time were JK and Lucy who, despite broadcasting a show to the nation, still found the time to speak to us. Before leaving the building we were passed by a friendly employee who had just arrived by bicycle, (fully kitted out in his cycling gear) to record a show for Heart. We were shocked to be told later on, that it was in fact Jason Donovan!
The atmosphere throughout Global made it clear to us that these people were not exaggerating when they said that they believed their jobs to be ‘the best in the world’. The tour has considerably widened our knowledge of radio production. We learnt that having fun, enthusiasm and a passion for the shows we create is the key to providing an enjoyable show for others and hence gaining listeners as a result.
Emily, Year 12