“Zane Lowe: My boy Rory just leant on the lights and made it all sexy”
Greg James: Who’s Rory?
Zane Lowe: I don’t know, some dude. I call him my boy… I only just met him, he seems like he’s decent.”
The Zane Lowe Show, Maida Vale, 29/01/14
Hi Everyone! My name’s Rory, I’m the laziest and slowest to blog of the current Radio 1 & 1Xtra interns. The above happened to me a few weeks back when I accidentally leant on the light switch during Zane’s on-air monologue. Somewhat embarrassing, but also rather funny. I’m hoping “seems like he’s decent” might do for a CV reference from now on.
After being presented to the floor and remembering absolutely no one’s names on day 1, we (interns Jo, Joanne and me) got stuck in to some training, of which the highlight was the BBC’s creative leadership programme, teaching us lots of little tips and tricks for getting the most out of brainstorms and whatnot.
With our minds thoroughly fried, week 2 brought with it the first proper placement which, for me, was a dream-fulfilling week on the Zane Lowe show. All three of us have quite different schedules for the whole 8 weeks, so after training together in the first week, we’ve all been working different hours and doing different things. I’ve spent 2 weeks on Phil and Alice, and am now spending a week with the team behind Charlie Sloth’s hip-hop show, B Traits and Friction. There’s lots of different ways production teams get you to help, and making tea is not actually one of them! I’ve helped edit interviews and presenter scripts, phoned up potential on-air guests and tonnes more besides.
There have been too many highlights to mention all of them, but a top three would include seeing Bombay Bicycle Club live at Maida Vale, sitting in on the playlist meetings and rapping on Phil and Alice’s show. I think the latter is a highlight; although it may come back to haunt me in several years’ time.
I promise to be quicker with my next blog! Until then…