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GET INTO RADIO: But it couldn't happen to me that quickly could it?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

But it couldn't happen to me that quickly could it?

I thought this would be a good title for this weeks newsletter, because there's a couple of myths I would like to debunk.

1. Getting into radio is difficult
2. Getting into radio takes a long time

"There must get 100 tapes a week, why should they choose mine...... it's so competitive and cutthroat, backstabby and bitchy"

Well, it can be of course.

I had the pleasure this week of getting an e-mail from Anoushka, who wants to become a journalist, and is a new subscriber to this newsletter- welcome- she used to listen to me on Capital and found me on Jackie, so Anoushka, you are the inspiration for this weeks newsletter.

A couple of stories for you.

A young lady called Aysha came for work experience as a journalist at Radio Jackie, and did very well for a year... now she has a full time job as a journo on a station in the West Country. Note there was no big waiting list. Jobs open and are created in the world of radio every day- every hour probably. If you are what they need when they need it- you got it baby!

Here's another . A 16 year old chap called Chris- great guy, came to Capital for work experience. Within 18 months he was full time working in production of Chris Tarrants breakfast show. And I'm not kidding.

"But I can't be as good as that"

Are you sure? The speed I have seen people grow and develop is stunning.

Lucy Mayer met me at a gig (her birthday one) -she asked me if there were any jobs at Jackie....that was 2 years ago, now she reads the news, does travel and production work. To hear her you would think she's been doing it for years.

So I say follow the dream.

Believe in yourself, and the validity of your greatest dream.

Here's one more.

A guy met Mick Brown (a then Capital FM DJ) in a nightclub in Cobham, and asked if he could do a demo tape. He did ( he thought it was awful, but don't we always!).

He went from a temporary radio station in Kingston to getting a job as a DJ on Capital.

..and that was me.

Follow your dream.

Until next week.


Here's a free funny bit from our breakfast show on Jackie for you.



Blogger Anoushka said...

Thanks for your encouraging words Neil! haha and thanks for the shout-out! Anoushka x

1:30 PM


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