Today is a very sad day. So I’m going to keep this brief.
It’s officially our last day as interns today. I seriously can’t believe how quick these 8 weeks have gone by; I remember walking in on my first day being completely in awe of everything. As cliche as it sounds, it has been an amazing experience and the last 2 months have just been like heaven!
I’ve learned so much much whilst being at R1 & 1X and this has been a life changing experience. I’m going to cherish every last moment for ever… (get a grip Ore).
If you are passionate about Radio all I can say is apply for this internship. Simple as that.
Just want to say thank you everyone and hopefully I’ll see you guys sooner rather than later.
Why is it that everything becomes increasingly awesome here when we’re about to leave?!
Radio 1 and 1Xtra have great perks: last week Hamza and I took a little intern outting to DJ Targets ‘Pitch Up’ event in Dalston. We got our drink on and met some cool people and saw the likes of M.O, G Frsh and Mikill Pane (and his rad socks).
I’ve learnt the hard way that most music industry people don’t like to dance at these kind of events, so when I was getting my twerk on (Ore style), I tragically, was the only one…
I feel this photo relays the tone of the night well. Especially the gun fingers.
This week I went to see Childish Gambino at the Brixton Academy with some of the 1Xtra music team which was AMAZING!!! He’s such a dude. I’mma start a fan club..
Yesterday we presented our projects to Ben Cooper which was scary/exhilarating/surprisingly fun. Not many people get to spend 15 minutes talking to the big boss himself and so it was a real honour to be given the opportunity to do so! He was smiling and nodding his head to my words, so I hope that means he liked it!
Next week, we are being scattered to different parts of the BBC for our wildcards. I’ll be working with BBC Radio Comedy which should be hilarious! (See what I did there?)
It’s going to be an emotional goodbye when we leave here next week sobs, but I know that each of us will do everything in our power to pry our way back into the BBC. This ain’t the end!
Today has been somewhat of a surreal day for me. Possibly the highlight of my infant media career so far. So, I had to wake up extra early today (4am) as I was shadowing the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 (the most listened to show in the country might I add!). I actually asked to sit in on the show because I thought it’d be really great to see how another BBC radio station operates. Even though it was completely different to Radio 1 and 1 Xtra it was still a very enjoyable experience; Chris is such a pro and he makes presenting a radio show look so effortless.
After the Breakfast Show I had to run back to R1 & 1X HQ to do last minute prep for my big presentation to the head of both networks, Ben Cooper. Long story short we were given research tasks at the beginning of our interships and we had to present our findings in the penultimate week; to be fair it went better than I expected. He was very understanding and was eager to hear what we had come up with.
Spending your morning with Chris Evans and Ben Cooper. Just your average Thursday to be honest.
Oh yeah, Mr Evans signed my book. Of course I was excited. Who wouldn’t be.
Been working with the 1Xtra Music Team for the past two weeks which means listening to TUNES TUNES TUNES all day! (Can’t complain really!) Went to GRFSH’s launch for his new EP which was an awesome experience (free champagne too!).
I had been working with Sarah-Jane Crawford the week before. It’s been pretty unreal working with one of my favourite DJ ever! There were several points where she gave me a mic and I got to talk live on 1Xtra which was siiiiick! You can check it out here.
I also was lucky enough to get a pic with the selfie queen herself!
Ore and I have been vox popping this week on Oxford Street for our research projects. It was so much fun running up to random people and chatting to them. It’s amusing how many people get so drawn in by the legendary Radio 1 microphones (or shake their heads and walk away in disapproval - but we didn’t interview those people…)
Finally, probably the most exciting part of my BBC adventures is finding my signature mug….
I don’t care if you say it’s a tiger. It’s the closest to a jaguar I could get!
Yoo wassup everybody, intern Hamza here. Apologies for my lack of updates in the last couple of weeks, I’ve just been getting caught up in the station!! My last 2 weeks were spent working with MistaJam’s Team. Although we spent a lot of time arguing about how to correctly make tea, a lot of work was done. I spent my time cleaning mixes, researching show features and just learning about the structure of the show as a whole. All in all it was great to be working on grime and hiphop from a professional perspective and I can only end by saying a massive big ups to Mistajam, his producer Janine and assistant producer James.
This week I’ve started with the visualisation team and it’s been a good start. I’ve had the chance to expand my filming and editing knowledge + meet some very cool people.
Anyways that’s me for now, I’ll keep you updated in due course. PEACE!
Jaguar: Early mornings, Gemma Cairney, and Coffeeeeee!
Soooooo I’ve just finished working on Gemma Cairney’s show for the week which meant coming into work at 5AM and 3:45AM today (!!!!).
Admittedly, I felt like someone had smashed my alarm clock into my skull when I had to get up at 3AM this morning and was filled with both horror and despair at how unnaturally early it was:
All I can say is thank da Loooord for coffee. I’ve started documenting my caffeine intake on a ‘Coffee Count’ chart I made. I wonder how many I will have consumed by the end of the 8 weeks!
However, as soon as I got to the studio, and the electronic housey vibes of the previous show hit me, I felt alive again. The rush being at Radio 1 gives you is the best wake up call you can get, and soon enough, I was laughing away those early morning blues with Gemma and Producer Rhodri!
I’ve had the most incredible time working on this show, Gemma is hilarious to work with and her bubbly, fun-loving character is contagious!
We had a little chat about Mr Motivator, some 90’s dude in pink lycra on-air this morning which was both ridiculous and surreal! You can check it out here!
Despite it having been a long week, I refreshed and uplifted after working on her show!
Hamza: Yoooo, Hamza here, no one likes a long intro so ill keep short and sweet. I currently run my own radio show and have been building up this brand for the last 5 years. Were most known for our grime freestyle videos on Youtube but span over Soundcloud, Blogs etc as well. I’m also a rapper in the upcoming hip hop collective Lucid Drift so love all creative aspects of music + the organisational and editing side of things. I’ll be working on Mistajam’s show + with the visualisation team so watch this space because there’s BIG THINGS TO COME!!
Jaguar: Yo, I’m Jaguar (like the cat not the car), a student at Leeds uni. I didn’t realise how intense my love for radio was until I joined Student Radio last year and began presenting and producing my own show: Dangerous Jag.I’ll be working on Gemma Cairney’s and Sarah-Jane Crawford’s shows on R1 and 1Xtra and CANNOT WAIT! Currently loving life with these guys at R1 - although in this photo we do resemble some cringey 90’s band…
Jilly: I’m Jilly, I’m from Belfast and I’ve just finished my second year of English at Uni. It has to be said, as summer jobs go, interning at R1 seems a pretty sweet deal…
Ore:Why hello there, My name is Ore (Yes, it is spelled like that famous biscuit brand lols.) Right, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way; I’m 18 years old, I blog for various websites, I do a bit of presenting, I’ve literally just finished College and I’ve somehow managed to blag myself this job at Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Music is life, I literally heart music and I’m incredibly passionate about Radio! For the next 2 months I’m working here and you can follow my journey on this Tumblr! (Don’t we look a little bit like Liberty X? HOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Ala Scott Mills*)
So this is it! The Take it On Scheme has come to an end for us today. We just had our goodbye donuts which were both really yummy and really sad.
These last two weeks I have been with the marketing team, although a lot of my time has been taken up by my Newsbeat research project and all the crying I’ve been doing, realising it’s the imminent end of the 8 weeks.
It’s been an amazing experience, one that I probably should have documented better on this tumblr than I have. Luckily the Jo’s have been much better.
Good luck to all those who apply to be in the next group!
Hi Everyone, Intern Joanne here. This is my last week – last day – with the very cool music team, selecting the future tunes that you’ll be listening to. And what the future holds for me, I don’t know. But what I do know is I’ve had a fantastic, amazing 8 weeks.
If you are going to do this internship my one piece of advice is to be keen, ask, ask and don’t stop asking. Big ups to all the teams, everyone is so friendly.
I cannot believe today is my last day and my last post.
I’ll be finishing off this week working on Sarah Jane’s show which has been a blast and I’ve learnt a lot from working with the Assistant Producer and Producer and it has been a great show to finish on.
Also myself and the other interns have been working on a little video project that we were set which we all filmed and I finished editing today, even though it was a short project it was a lot of fun and took me back to my Uni days.
I just wanted to say a big Thank You to the BBC and the Take It On Scheme, this whole opportunity has been a fantastic experience and something I will never forget. From the moment I got here till this very last day I’ve had a blast. I have learnt so much and had a chance to experience lots of new things. I would recommend anyone interested in media and radio to check out the internship and apply! Trust me you’ll love it!
Something rather funny happened the other day, I was simply sat in the office finishing off some work when I was summoned to one of the studios for a surprise… find out why on BBC iPlayer Charlie Sloth 10/03/14 (last hour)
So it is my last week here at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra which is a really sad thought but has been a fantastic experience. So I have been spending my time working on Sarah Jane’s show and with the whole team which has been great and I have been able to put together everything I’ve learnt throughout my time here, working alongside the Assistant Producer and Producer on this show and other shows has been a real eye opener for me, being a Producer is possible something I’d like to aim for but it’s still early days.
Ohh and yes last week I presented my research project to all the big bosses and phew I survived ha! No but in all honesty it was a lot of fun and a brilliant opportunity to feedback to the people who can make things happen. They all seemed really pleased with my pitch and in fact I was asked to take my research to the department that was currently working on the website, so I’ve literally just come back from that meeting and again I was able to give some insights and thoughts on the project as well as having a sneak peak as to what they have so far.
So it’s nearing the end but the fun doesn’t stop. Coming up myself and the other interns will be pitching our research and findings to Ben Cooper and other big bosses, quite scary really but in case I haven’t told you, myself and my fellow Interns were set a research brief at the start of our internship, each of us were given a question which we took and conducted weeks of research on and gathered lots of findings and insights which we get to pitch to the big bosses and hopefully give them some ideas which could be utilised within the BBC. Don’t get me wrong though, “weeks of research” isn’t as bad as it seems basically it involves talking to lots of people including your friends and family and collecting their thoughts and ideas, so yes I’ve quite enjoyed it. I hope Mr Cooper does too!
But as well I’ve been able to record some of the Voice Overs/ Beds for International Women’s Day so watch out for those on shows like Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts, Sian Anderson and Jamz Supernova on Friday and Saturday. Also I’ve been working alongside one of the other interns to help schedule the shows and track listings for International Women’s Day.
………….and…. yes more… I am going to be working on my last show here which will be Sarah Jane Crawford which is very exciting! I’ll be helping out the Producer and Assistant Producer and working alongside the Team Assistants. So I’ll come back with another post soon!
So I’ve just finished a week working on the specialist shows where I got to understand the world of pre-recorded shows or ‘Pre-Rec’ if you’re in the bizz ha! Very different to live shows I must admit but still just as much fun and in all honestly you can relax just a tad more because if something goes wrong… No worries you can just record it again. I got to watch Friction at work and yes it’s true he really is the master of Drum and Bass!!
But now I embark on my week working on Access All Areas with the Impact and Development Teams. Not sure exactly what I’ll be doing as of yet but it’s all about letting are audiences get that step closer to what we do here at Radio 1 & 1Xtra, so far we have had ‘U Control the DJ’ and ‘George the Poet’ and coming up it’s ‘BBC Studio Time’. I’ll be back with another post soon to let you know what I’ve been up to….
So here we are the brand new, shiny, all singing all dancing interns of 2014.
So… My name is Jo I’m 22 and from Manchester, yes I’ve had to move down to the scary London Town although it’s not been very scary yet in fact I’m really enjoying London, especially how often the buses come (Thumbs up)
I am here at the BBC as an intern for the Take It On Scheme for Radio 1 and 1Xtra so i’ll be tracking my time here for all to see, unfortunately this week is Health and Safety crazy so don’t expect to much this week.
Hi everyone, Katie here checking in again after another belter week as a Take It On intern. I’ve been with the interactive department all week and it has been brilliant to see how they put together and make so many things digitally, online and beyond for Radio 1 & 1Xtra. Even things that i’d never really thought so much about before such as the website homepage and everything presented on it, that’s down to them and that insight into how making that all happen has been fab. Furthermore, the team have specifically got me focused on the R1 Dance platforms, in particular what do I think is working and what isn’t plus researching similar outlets and coming up with my own ideas as to what I think they should do. I’m so passionate about music and LOVE dance and how the current industry is thriving so this is pretty much a perfect task for me to be doing!
If you aren’t doing so already, get following and liking over at @R1Dance on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/R1DanceMusic on Facebook - all aboard! In terms of how Friday nights go, I feel it’s going to be a very very long time until I beat my Friday spent live in the studio with two heroes of mine.. Annie Mac and Pete Tong! To see how two champions of their field put together such famous and loved shows with such passion for what they’re doing and playing was very inspiring for me! I still feel like I may have dreamt it, speaking to Annie (who may be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met) about my hometown, new tunes and just general girly chat was a lot of fun! Not to mention the music played by both DJs; a dance fans heaven right there. Massive props and a big thanks to Producer and Assistant Producer Sam Bailey and Clair Gill for having me!
Got another big week ahead, me and my lovely Russell & David are busy working on a number of other really exciting things which we’ll tell you about next week! How is it going to be Week 6 already? Time flies when you’re living the dream. Also, as David has told you, Miley Cyrus was in this week and proved to be good fun and actually smashed the Live Lounge. Just stop texting me maybe now Miley yeah? No I will NOT go out twerking with you, jeez some of us have to work.
The mighty BBC Playlister has also now launched, meaning that we all can now get more from the music we love. Heard a track you’ve loved across a BBC platform? Playlister helps you keep record of what you’ve heard and don’t want to forget, provides recommendations from your favourite DJs as to what they’re checking out and allows you to simply export your playlist to the music device of your choice - easy! Find out more here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/playlister
Fearne, Live Lounge and the Girl Who Likes To Twerk!
It was only my second day working on Fearne’s Radio 1 show but already I was destined to meet one of the biggest names in music. Yes, that’s right, Hannah Montana herself, a.k.a Miley Cyrus was about to come for her first live lounge experience.
I knew the day was a bit special as soon as I touched down at New Broadcasting House. There were a good 200 ‘smilers’ (that’s the term for Miley’s fans… no I don’t get the name either!) waiting outside for the ‘wrecking ball’ singer; apparently some were waiting from as early as 5:30am. Now that is taking dedication to whole new levels.
As I walked into the studio to meet Fearne and her production team it was a monumental struggle trying not to trip over any electrical wiring placed by the 200+ crew member setting up the live lounge area. Okay, 200+ is an exaggeration but there were people and objects everywhere! Everyone was going Miley mad!
I have seen the crew set up a few live lounges these past 5 weeks but nothing came close to the amount of work put into Miley’s performance. There were more instruments on show than I could possibly name and trust me, I tried!
To my surprise Fearne’s production team were very relaxed. They have seen loads, and I mean LOADS, of artists come through those doors to do a live lounge, so they are very experienced. Fearne was at a desk prepping notes for the interview before saying Hi to Grimmy and the nation at 9:50 am. Producer James and Assistant producer Anna were going through the music scheduling, informing the world via social media about the show and setting up the studio.
The first two hours of the show went smoothly and everyone was getting more excited. We even had Annie Mac and Grimmy join us in the studio to discuss the live lounge as well as a general catch-up with Fearne. As news was gathering that Miley had entered the building it was time to get everything in order. Camera positions were set, Mics were adjusted, notes were prepped.
As it is my first week with Fearne’s team I was mainly shadowing Chris and Anna, helping them with any little tasks along the way. However, this also means knowing when to make as little fuss as possible and letting them do their jobs.
12pm came and so did Miley to do an interview with Fearne. I must say, whatever people think about the 20 year old, she came across as very sweet, humorous and intelligent in the interview. Credit to Fearne and the team for making Miley feel so comfortable and relaxed. She felt so comfortable that she even danced to a 2 chainz record that played after the interview whilst telling us stories about the U.S rapper.
During the live lounge Miley gave a heartfelt rendition of ‘wrecking Ball’ as well as covering the Lana Del Ray hit ‘Summertime Madness’. The ‘Summertime Madness’ cover has surpassed 1 million views on Youtube and it has only been one day since the performance!
After all the chaos Miley went to do some interviews with Newsbeat and spoke to a half naked Greg James on a wrecking ball, I’m sure Miley will be remembering that interview for a long time.
There are several things I learnt about live lounges and from this experience. The crew dedicated to setting up the live lounge area deserve A LOT of credit, it is not an easy job and with different demands from different artists every-week their role cannot be taken for granted.
Fearne and her production team demonstrated a masterclass in how to react and prepare for such big artists. They were very relaxed and handled any potential difficulties head on without any fuss. Knowing how to cope with changing circumstances is also vital for the role of a producer. Some producers may have told Annie and Grimmy to stay outside and not interfere with the live broadcast; however, James used them to hype up the live lounge and added interaction with Fearne, which made for great radio.
On a final note, it was very interesting seeing how an artist deals with the pressure’s of performing and giving interviews. Contrary to public opinion, Miley was very helpful, had time for anyone who wanted something from her, very interactive with Fearne (and Grimmy!) and most importantly, gave two fantastic live performances.
Next week I will be updating you on my daily tasks as well as info on the next two live lounge performances!
I was trying to think of a nice snappy title for my blog-post like Katie and Russel but alas, I failed and went for simplicity.
So yes, my two weeks with Mistajam and his team has sadly came to an end but I cannot be more grateful for the wonderful experience I’ve had with them.
I have learnt invaluable skills the past two weeks whilst doing several tasks, including:
Scheduling the day’s music output
Marking Mix’s sent by labels and Djs
Researching for Hip Hop month features
editing ‘JamHot’s’ using Star Track editing software
compiling track-lisitings and taking pictures of guests / Daily Dose sets
Recording JamHot features with artists
During the first week we welcomed the lovely Ella Eyre into the studio. Ella has featured on both Naughty Boy / Rudimental releases the past year and is destined for a bright future. I hope her new single Deeper turns out to be a hit, I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Later on that week we then welcomed a host of MCs for the Show ‘N’ Prove Daily Dose mix, which included the likes of The Rascals, Smiler, G FrSh, Benny Banks, Amplify Dot and Big Narstie. As a Grime fan I particularly enjoyed this set and it was a real education seeing how such a hectic set is produced professionally, kudos to Janine and Ian!
The next week saw the beginning of 1xtra’s Hip Hop and a pre-recorded hour set with U.K Hip Hop legend Rodney P. Many critics still regard London Posse’sGangster Chronicle as the best Hip Hop album made in the U.K, so it was an amazing experience witnessing Rodney P spit some of his old skool lyrics.
However the big guests did not stop there. We had Tinie Tempah make an appearance, going through each track on his 2nd album Demonstration. Both Tinie, Mistajam and the listeners loved this format, something we will hopefully see more of on Radio 1 & 1xtra for big album releases.
The fortnight ended with another U.K Hip Hop daily dose mix, this time mixed by Mistajam himself with a mixture of Grime and rap artists including: Bashy, Sway, Akala, G FrSh and Lunar C .
It’s been a great 2 weeks working with Mistajam and his team; I will be leaving the 1xtra side of the office, jumping ship to R1 the next fortnight to work with Ferne Cotton and her team , I will keep you all posted.
Hello everyone, Katie here again - hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying our posts on this. Another amazing week for me and the guys at the mighty new Broadcasting House. I had the pleasure again of spending my week with Scott Mills and his team, literally never a dull moment! From creating the daily podcast again to coming up with Real Or No Reals to sorting your wonderful sent in Innuendo Bingos (my personal fav this week has to be ‘I just tripped over my truncheon’) to discussing the Tinder app and my lack of luck on air, it’s been a lot of fun!
Kingsland Road and lovely comedian Chris Ramsey called in this week for a spot of Innuendo Bingo in the studio, yes I know what an awful selection of lads to have to spend time with.. someone has to do it!
I’ve learnt new skills, worked hard and laughed even harder alongside Scott, Chris and co this past fortnight I’ve truly enjoyed myself so much. It’s hard to describe the atmosphere and buzz around the Radio 1 & 1Xtra 8th floor, there is a passion and love of music seeping from every desk and the array of people you bump into day to day is seriously surreal, can I stay here forever please Ben Cooper? Even just to red out the bins and clean the toliets? (hint hint) CHEERS!
Us lucky interns got to go to the annual Student Radio Awards at London’s 02 arena on Thursday, massive congratulations to everyone nominated and especially those who won! I love to see people who are ambitious and excited about something and that’s exactly what that room was full of.
This week I’m joining the Interactive department which I can’t wait to get stuck in with. They’re in charge of all the social and digital aspects to Radio 1 & 1Xtra, i’ll be getting the chance to pay particular attention to the R1 Dance page and platforms which is so up my street it’s silly. This Friday night I’m shadowing a hero of mine, Queen Annie Mac! To get to see how her show is put together and watch the raving unfold in person is a massive deal for me. I’m getting to hang around after to help out with Pete Tong who after moving stateside, is back to do his show live from R1 HQ this Friday evening - potentially best Friday ever?
Look forward to sharing a few more tales with you next week, have a good one! Raving or behaving - RAVING!
Hi Hi all! #InternRussell here checking in with you about all the happenings here at Radio 1/1Xtra!
For the last two weeks I’ve been working with the team working on the radio side of the Teen Awards. It is also the team who work on the weekend shows, including The Official Chart Show, Huw Stephens among many others!
So the first week was quite hectic, getting scripts and running orders finalised and perfect all in prep for the big day on Sunday. There was also a special broadcast on Saturday when during Matt Edmondson’s show and Huw Stephens’ show, Teen Award hosts and performers would co-host the show with them on Radio 1 for an hour each. So there was Little Mix, The Vamps, Conor Maynard, Tinie Tempah, James Arthur and Rizzle Kicks all in and out of the Radio 1 studios.
Hi everyone, Katie here with a quick catch up on what I’ve been up to over the past week and what a week it’s been!
Since last Monday I’ve had the absolute pleasure of joining Scott Mills and his team and I can happily confirm that Scott & co are as lovely and hilarious as you would hope. From sourcing them a 99p Store to film in with a couple of Russian billionaires (no biggie) to editing the daily podcast and clipping up and listening to many a silly Innuendo Bingo entry, it’s been busy but seriously fun. Heroes of the week include Alice Levine for being a top sport and playing Halloween Innuendo Bingo and getting completely drenched in the dark and Chris Stark for waking up post our evening at the 'Meet The Russians' insane penthouse with big baller Zahoor’s actual mobile number! If you missed it, please give this a watch and enjoy what a brilliantly silly day I was part off, Kamaliya and Zahoor are superb - http://youtu.be/4I0tvx2WFkk #veryfamousinukraine
As a listener, I never appreciated how much time and effort goes into creating a show as continuously strong and popular as Scott’s on and off air so it’s been a real education and I’m loving that experience.
As Sundays go, today was a gem finishing of a belter of a week at Radio 1 via their Teen Awards at Wembley Arena which featured performances from the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Fall Out Boy and Tinie Tempah (swoon). Massive props to everyone involved and congratulations to the teen heroes awarded, so rightfully deserved.
I begin another week as part of The Scott Mills show tomorrow which I’m pumped for and us interns have got The Student Radio Awards this Thursday night, get your shirts ironed boys waaaay! We’re also working on something really special and can’t wait to share that with you all. Hope you enjoy my snaps from the week to, many a good time had!