Hey everyone - welcome to our first proper post!
Our week in a nutshell:
- THE red BBC lanyard
- Toured around the amazing Radio 1 & 1Xtra offices
- Sitting in on Greg James where we got to select callers for the Going Home Song as well as meeting the lovely team behind the show
- Creativity and Insight training with the amazing Alex Dalton to ready ourselves for many a brainstorming session with the show teams we will be working with in the next eight weeks.
- Radio 1 Playlist Meeting - where the songs that come through your speakers get selected…
- R1&1X Editorials - where everyone shares the content of their shows for the coming week
- STUDIO TRAINING [[amazing - more details below]]
- And, erm, just having the Queen pop round. Completely standard at the BBC.
Ok so let’s recap on the first week I spent at Radio 1 & 1xtra. It consisted of constant deja vu on my behalf, everywhere I went through the building I had some sort of recognition of individuals that I could have sworn I’ve seen before. It wasn’t until I actually sat down and thought about it hard that I realised: hang on of course I’ve seen these people before, I’m at the BBC, they are televised EVERYWHERE. Silly me…
My first day had me sorting out my login details and going on a tour of the offices and studios I would be working at for the next eight weeks. Every corner I turned, I could see collages of previous special guests that had visited plastered onto windows and walls in such a spectacular fashion. These included people from the likes of Professor Green to Adele.
It was definitely a lot to take in and if that wasn’t enough, myself & Millie got to actually sit in on Greg James’ show and even help select lucky callers to feature on the Going Home Song. Everyone from the Producer, AP and Greg were great to be around and helped explain exactly what they were doing behind the scenes. Might I add, Laura is VERY funny.
A highlight of my week was sitting in on the Radio 1 playlist meeting. It was nothing like I had expected and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. The meeting was to update the current playlist for Radio 1 for the next week onwards. This is done by a representative of every show discussing each track and what they like about said track one after the other. So what you’re hearing on the radio now is what was played in the meeting. Wicked. I also got to meet my mentor Rob, who has already given me tonnes of advice that won’t be falling upon deaf ears. He’s a great guy & I feel that he can definitely relate to my concerns if I have any over the course of my time here.
The last two days consisted of Studio Training in Nick Grimshaw’s studio (let’s hope he doesn’t find out). We got to practice using the various equipment inside by ourselves which was great, everything was hands-on and it was an experience like no other. Flipping through tracks and BBC idents to suit the mood of my own imaginary show!!
There have been SO many highlights so far. Even just walking round a corner in the office and seeing a famous face is enough… BUT, if I had to pick – it’s the Radio 1 Playlist Meeting and Studio Training.
So the Playlist Meeting is where the songs that are played on Radio 1 get chosen. It involves meeting a representative from every show on the network, listening to A LOT of music on huge speakers and then discussing each track in depth. We didn’t just speak about what we thought about the track but what stats it already has online, where it would sound good on the schedule, and, most importantly, what the AUDIENCE wants from the choices that Radio 1 makes. There’s not much else to say other than being in the Playlist Meeting really got the heart of why Radio 1 and 1Xtra are so important to not only the music industry but also the young audience that they strive to get listening on a daily basis. The music that’s played on the airwaves isn’t just a repeat of what might be in the chart but a reflection on new artists, new sounds and what us young’uns want to hear.
And I can’t finish talking about my highlights from the week without talking about all the studio training we’ve had. Today, after all the excitement of the Queen, we went in the studio for the whole afternoon to learn how to drive the desk. This was BRILLIANT. Coming from a student radio background I called up all my knowledge of DJ’ing at university and applied it to a Radio 1 studio. The equipment they have is incredible, but even though there’s a lot of technical wizardry going on the desk is still simple to use once you get the hang of it. We practiced links, switching between tracks and idents, connecting up a phone into the studio, and did a bit of dancing about. All of this motivated me massively to continue to practice in the studio and take presenting forward after all the student media I did, as well as learn a lot from all the productions teams at Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
Right, now it’s time for the weekend!