BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Interns

BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Interns

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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)

Jo

Going Good

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.


Jo

Last Couple of Weeks

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!

Jo

So I’ve had a really busy week working on Access All Areas working alongside the Impact and Development Team and lots of other people who joined the team. Basically we opened the doors of BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra and allowed the lucky audience members who applied into the studios to create an hour’s worth of content. In total we created 39 shows and yes that mean 39 hours of content, so you can imagine how hectic it was. It involved working long hours and really pitching in and working as a team which am glad to say we did and it was great to see something so ambition turn into a reality. Some of the roles I was responsible for were collecting guests making sure they were well looked after, organising consent forms and go through running orders and schedules with the guests, as well as editing the beds and sound effects for each individual show. I must admit this was one of my most enjoyable projects whilst on my internship. We all worked so hard as a team and pulled off what we wanted to achieve and it was a huge success. 
Jo

So I’ve had a really busy week working on Access All Areas working alongside the Impact and Development Team and lots of other people who joined the team. Basically we opened the doors of BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra and allowed the lucky audience members who applied into the studios to create an hour’s worth of content. In total we created 39 shows and yes that mean 39 hours of content, so you can imagine how hectic it was. It involved working long hours and really pitching in and working as a team which am glad to say we did and it was great to see something so ambition turn into a reality. Some of the roles I was responsible for were collecting guests making sure they were well looked after, organising consent forms and go through running orders and schedules with the guests, as well as editing the beds and sound effects for each individual show. I must admit this was one of my most enjoyable projects whilst on my internship. We all worked so hard as a team and pulled off what we wanted to achieve and it was a huge success.
Jo

Week 6: Accessing areas and producing parties.

Hi all! Intern Rory here, giving you an update post-AAA month, which has seen the Radio 1 office morph into a combination of Big Brother and the Boiler Room.
The premise for Access all Areas was to show everyone what’s actually going on behind the scenes at Radio 1 & 1Xtra. This has led to keeping the studio webcams on for the whole of shows, attaching cameras to various unlucky DJs, interviewing as many staff as possible and even tweeting live from a playlist meeting.
Last week’s concluding spectacular was the AAA dance party. Turning the green room into a club was a bizarre experience for everyone involved, but in the end it went off without a hitch; guests and staff alike had a blast.
But it has been business as usual for a lot of the shows. Two weeks ago I spent my time on the production team that works on the Friction/B Traits/Charlie Sloth hippy-hop shows, and had a wild albeit tiring night staying up until 5am to watch the Friction go out live Saturday night/Sunday morning.
Last week I was helping the AAA studio, where we invited people into the studios to record their own shows. Aled is now in hibernation following what was an amazing week of logging, compiling, laughing and crying. A standout moment for me was watching one of the guests get presented with two Avicii tickets for a show that night, and his mouth’s inability to close itself for a few minutes.
We all have our research project pitches this week. Mine is based around Newsbeat, and will see me delivering my thoughts to a lot of people who can actually make the ideas a reality.  Scary stuff.

Not long left of the placement now! All us interns are getting a bit sad at the prospect of returning to reality.

Bye for now,

Rory

Week 6: Accessing areas and producing parties.

Hi all! Intern Rory here, giving you an update post-AAA month, which has seen the Radio 1 office morph into a combination of Big Brother and the Boiler Room.

The premise for Access all Areas was to show everyone what’s actually going on behind the scenes at Radio 1 & 1Xtra. This has led to keeping the studio webcams on for the whole of shows, attaching cameras to various unlucky DJs, interviewing as many staff as possible and even tweeting live from a playlist meeting.

Last week’s concluding spectacular was the AAA dance party. Turning the green room into a club was a bizarre experience for everyone involved, but in the end it went off without a hitch; guests and staff alike had a blast.

But it has been business as usual for a lot of the shows. Two weeks ago I spent my time on the production team that works on the Friction/B Traits/Charlie Sloth hippy-hop shows, and had a wild albeit tiring night staying up until 5am to watch the Friction go out live Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Last week I was helping the AAA studio, where we invited people into the studios to record their own shows. Aled is now in hibernation following what was an amazing week of logging, compiling, laughing and crying. A standout moment for me was watching one of the guests get presented with two Avicii tickets for a show that night, and his mouth’s inability to close itself for a few minutes.

We all have our research project pitches this week. Mine is based around Newsbeat, and will see me delivering my thoughts to a lot of people who can actually make the ideas a reality.  Scary stuff.

Not long left of the placement now! All us interns are getting a bit sad at the prospect of returning to reality.

Bye for now,

Rory

Half way through :(

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….

Jo

“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…

Rory

“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…

Rory

Hi there everyone! My name’s Joanne, and I’ve been on my Take It On internship a month now.

So far I’ve had training, an exciting 2 weeks with Trevor Nelson’s team on 1Xtra, and I’ve learnt absolutely loads… editing for features, seeing how the DJs handle guests and callers and also how the producers and the DJs work together and make it all happen on air.
I’ve really enjoyed being on the 1xtra playlist team, which is where you listen to future records… and it’s made me even more excited for my week with them that’s coming up!
But probably my highlight so far was doing an editorial for Trevor Nelson’s producer and having my question used on air when he was interviewing Childish Gambino.
Also – lucky me – I got to see 4 acts in the live lounge. Childish Gambino, Angel Haze, Katy B and Kid Ink – check them out online!
At the moment I’m helping out with the Sunday Surgery and Top 40 teams for two weeks, then after that I’m with the music team where hopefully I will just get to listen to music all day (not a bad life). Then after that I’m working with the documentaries team… yes, Radio 1 does do documentaries, don’t forget it!

Until next time, check you later.

Joanne.

 

Hi there everyone! My name’s Joanne, and I’ve been on my Take It On internship a month now.

So far I’ve had training, an exciting 2 weeks with Trevor Nelson’s team on 1Xtra, and I’ve learnt absolutely loads… editing for features, seeing how the DJs handle guests and callers and also how the producers and the DJs work together and make it all happen on air.

I’ve really enjoyed being on the 1xtra playlist team, which is where you listen to future records… and it’s made me even more excited for my week with them that’s coming up!

But probably my highlight so far was doing an editorial for Trevor Nelson’s producer and having my question used on air when he was interviewing Childish Gambino.

Also – lucky me – I got to see 4 acts in the live lounge. Childish Gambino, Angel Haze, Katy B and Kid Ink – check them out online!

At the moment I’m helping out with the Sunday Surgery and Top 40 teams for two weeks, then after that I’m with the music team where hopefully I will just get to listen to music all day (not a bad life). Then after that I’m working with the documentaries team… yes, Radio 1 does do documentaries, don’t forget it!

Until next time, check you later.

Joanne.

 

So, this week was my last working on Charlie’s show, very sad but still I now get to spend a week with some specialist shows such as Friction and B Traits.

Whilst working on Charlie’s show I picked up some great skills, I can now use the various softwares such as Star track for editing, Highlander and VCS so hopefully whilst working on the next few shows I’ll look like I know what I’m doing, fingers crossed. 

Whilst on Charlie’s show i cliped all the podcasts together so go check them out on the 1xtra website, I also worked with the Team Assistants and learn’t the ropes when it comes to audeince interaction, so I was manning the Twitter page and phone box so hopefully we got some of tweets read out on air. XD

So, this week was my last working on Charlie’s show, very sad but still I now get to spend a week with some specialist shows such as Friction and B Traits.

Whilst working on Charlie’s show I picked up some great skills, I can now use the various softwares such as Star track for editing, Highlander and VCS so hopefully whilst working on the next few shows I’ll look like I know what I’m doing, fingers crossed.

Whilst on Charlie’s show i cliped all the podcasts together so go check them out on the 1xtra website, I also worked with the Team Assistants and learn’t the ropes when it comes to audeince interaction, so I was manning the Twitter page and phone box so hopefully we got some of tweets read out on air. XD

A perk of the job, bumping into celebs…. I felt it important to share!!

A perk of the job, bumping into celebs…. I felt it important to share!!