Previously before this placement,
I was head of Sport at a community radio station in Liverpool, worked in a news
room at a commercial radio station for 6 months or so, and had been involved previously
with my student and hospital radio station in the East Midlands.
I came to Perth, WA in May 2011 to start a 3 month placement for a radio. During
those 3 months, I managed to get stuck into various things, such as audio editing
tasks, script writing and voicing, helping out in the news room, answering phone
calls on reception, and yes, the one job everyone does in radio, make the cups of
tea. Luckily, being a pom, I can knock out a pretty darn good black tea with 2 sugars.
This might have helped me get a job there… well probably not just the tea making!
Luckily General Manager Bevan Jones decided he could forgive my fairly strong northern
English Accent and offered me as a job as a producer. Since I liked the weather
here in Perth, and bear in mind, it was winter at the time, which is still by far
better than a UK “summer”, this was a no brainer. Plus I enjoyed the very friendly
atmosphere at this station, and it was an exciting time to join the ranks, as the
place was in the middle of a fairly big shift, with new exciting projects being
At the moment I’m a Producer and Volunteer Co-ordinator. So if you decide to come
to Perth, you’ll have to deal with me! My main roles include looking after the production
of the Perth Wildcats basketball coverage. I’ve been to 25 of the 28 games, both
here in Perth and interstate.
I’ve managed to see the beautiful Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Townsville, Adelaide
and erm… Wollongong, which is, shall we say, different.
I’ve also commentated 3 games myself this season, and hopefully the Australian audience
can adjust to the shock of a pom commentating the basketball – it sounds a bit weird,
apparently. We also, from time to time, cover the local WA State Basketball league,
when it gets to the pointy end of the season.
I look after the volunteers from Travellers Worldwide, and local universities here
in Perth, assist our technical director with other outside broadcasts and IT around
the office or in the studio, and help our production manager and on air team with
campaigns and other odd jobs you’d only find at a radio station. My tea making skills
are still top notch… well I think, anyway.