(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?”
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.