Chris Sykes, BBC Newcastle – How Will Buckley Started My Radio Career

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Chris Sykes, now Broadcast Assistant with BBC Newcastle, found his way into the radio station via work experience.  Here’s why he impressed the BBC, and why they wanted to keep him around:

(Here’s Tim John’s original post on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

“Well the speculation in the papers this morning link Sunderland with the Brighton pair of Liam Bridcutt and….erm…who’s the other player?”

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Chris Sykes, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Newcastle & SportsBeat Reporter

It’s about 6:15pm on Monday January 6th, 2014; the first day of my work experience placement with the Total Sport team at BBC Newcastle.

 

I’m sat in the broom cupboard-sized phone-in booth, alongside Vicki, the show’s producer.  There’s four computer screens crammed on to one work bench, which barely has room for two people.

As any football fan knows, January means the mid-season transfer window is open.  That makes it the perfect time to go on work experience with a sportsdesk, particularly one that covers two high profile, well-supported clubs in Newcastle and Sunderland.

In January, rumours are always swirling around about which clubs might sign whom and inevitably on a daily football phone-in, those rumours, truthful or not, will be discussed.

The show’s presenter, Simon Pryde, is talking about just that; speculation in the local papers that Sunderland are after two Brighton players.  One problem, only Liam Bridcutt’s name springs to his mind.

Straightaway, I press the red switch on the talkback mic into the studio and excitedly shout “Will Buckley” into Prydey’s headphones.

“Will Buckley, of course,” he exclaims.  And the show carries on as normal.

Now I must confess, the title of this post is slightly misleading.  That one small incident didn’t really get me my first job in radio.  Knowing Will Buckley’s name isn’t something listed on the BBC Careers Hub competencies for a broadcast assistant’s job.

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Meet Stephanie Chungu.

I was 14 when I told my parents I didn’t want to do the family route and study science.  I finally admitted them I wanted to write and it freaked them a bit, because they didn’t know how to get me where I wanted to be, whereas in pharmacy/nursing they know people.

You can consider me the black sheep in the family if you will. Myself and my cousin both take media courses – herself journalism and me studying Broadcast Media Production.

I won’t lie, I was scared breaking out in the media industry.  Taking an easy route into a job wasn’t what I wanted to do and I wanted a challenge.  Since joining Spark Sunderland in 2013, I’ve clocked up a whole calendar of hours (I’ve stopped counting since 150) of radio, and working behind the scenes.  I love doing it.  I love choosing the songs for playlist for my Urban Show on a Monday, choosing what content I should put in my daytime show, being in control of all the specialist programming, I just love it.

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But the one thing that bothers me?  I’m one of the seven ethnic minority in the station. Media is not solely focused on BAME [Black and Ethnic Minority], and many just assume to put us in the Urban setting.

12874276_594724077360426_1486337790_o.jpgSo, when given the chance to go down to London to attend a masterclass held by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, I jumped at the chance.  It was a masterclass hosted by creative access, a programme committed to providing the best advice, experience and internship for BAME industry beginners.



The first day in London, I panicked.  Well, of course I did, I was in King’s Cross and was about to burst into tears because I didn’t have enough money to catch the tube home.  Oh how stupid I was, thinking that I could be so comfortable down in London on my own.

Eventually, I got to my aunt’s house.  And my cousin was so excited for this masterclass that she wasn’t even going to.  “You’re going to make it, Steph, believe me.” I tried. I really did.

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How to not mess up your work experience placement

Today’s post comes from the genius audio producer that is Tim Johns, who is currently Reporter/Producer for The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.

I did a talk on this subject at this year’s Student Radio Conference in Cardiff.

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Yes, some of it is blindingly obvious, but I thought it needed saying because I see people come in for radio placements/internships/shadowing at Radio 2 a lot.  And so often, people get the little things wrong.

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If you’re asked to pick up the phone and book a guest, take a deep breath and go for it. You need to be charming and persuasive. It can be slightly daunting making this first phone call in an open-plan office but if you come across badly and the guest says “no” that’s not great.

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Season 2, 1 – Maximising Your Voice

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Hello, Creatives!  It’s been a long wait, but (drum roll…) here’s season 2.
Our awesome guests this week are;

Peff Soulsby

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Click here to listen to Peff Soulsby on 99% Perspiration

“My speciality is sexy robots.  I’m trying to carve out that niche.  GPS, on board computers…  Siri, I’m coming for you.”

Freelance voice-over & voice actor, & Graduate Marketing Assistant at Newcastle University.  And, following the release of EVE: Valkyrie, pioneering sexy robot voices everywhere.

“Find your outside passions.  Be broad, and follow them as well.  Contacts are important, don’t burn your bridges.”

Tom Campbell

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Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

“If you ever have a coaching session, and you leave feeling brow-beaten, and disheveled, and destroyed, then you have had a bad coaching session.  You should never leave a coaching session anything less than inspired to get back on the radio.”

Drivetime presenter on Heart North East Radio, and all-round Super-Human.  Also recently known as “Dr. Cuddles”, prescribing free hugs in Middlesborough.  Awww.

Seriously, it’s cute…

Vik, aka VikkStar123

“YouTube for me was just a fun little hobby with friends from school.  It just turned out that there were people searching for gaming videos, and it’s grown from that initial spark – hey, people are watching my stuff, I should try to make it better.”

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Click here to listen to Vik of The Sidemen on 99% Perspiration

One of the seven-strong Sidemen, a group of collaborating YouTubers who post pretty funny content.  Your typical video-gaming dude.  (Big ups to Niall McGuire for sharing with us.)

With new music, courtesy of the awesome audio producer Jed Stoker.

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And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

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WTKieran!? – It Gets Better

12899791_10206255264964173_1892789150_nHello, Creatives!  Every once in a while, I like to post content by other creative people, especially emerging talent.  (I should say, if you’re interested in sharing your creative posts on the 99% Perspiration blog, I’m but a message away, via Facebook or Twitter.)

Kieran Brannan is a guy I know from university; I’ve not taught him, but seen him around Spark FM, the community radio station we volunteer at together.  And now, he’s graduating straight into a BBC position; a runner with BBC Scotland.

Well, I’ve long admired people who can post content about their emotions in connection with their creative self so freely; take a look around the posts here and you’ll see only positivity from me.  It’s not a defence, exactly, it’s how I want to present myself online.

So Kieran took part in today’s #99PodcastHour (every Tuesday, 7pm – 8pm GMT) and shared this;

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Kieran’s called his post “It Gets Better”.

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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day, Creatives!  Join us in celebrating this important campaign, which attempts year on year to help bring society ever closer to parity.

I spoke to female creatives across various industries to find out what International Women’s Day means to them, and what advice they have in store for emerging female creatives.

Click here to listen to Bridget Hamilton on the 99% Perspiration podcast

Click here to listen to Bridget Hamilton on the 99% Perspiration podcast

Bridget Hamilton
Founder of social community project Verbal Remedy, and Producer at BBC Radio Newcastle
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“In this day and age you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t consume some sort of media every day.  That’s why I think we as an industry have to be incredibly hot on issues such as gender parity.

“Not only do we have to work on equality for those who work for us (for instance, only 36% of people in your typical newsroom are female), but we also need to improve how women are portrayed in our documentaries and dramas.

“No one should be confined to playing the swooning doctor’s assistant or the

damsel in distress.  Of course, many of us will be able to think of women whose contributions to TV and film are far from tokenism, but there’s still a long way to go.”