I’m Ill today. Been dizzy all day and had an on/off pain in my stomach. I think its the Dilute drink again. I was gonna babysit again today but neither Caroline who had been up with a Baby kicking inside her all night or i was in any shape of looking after other peoples kids.
I’m really getting fustrated with the radio thing. Its really hard to get into this radio thing, i knew it would be hard but its silly and it doesnt help when people slag you off which can cause you to not get in.
As regards to my work I have sometimes questioned whether or not people just tell me what i want to hear, but then again i’m not sure because people ask me to do the odd show or jingle from time to time. I’ve been told my presenting is getting better (I regularly get other people to listen to bits of my show to see if im doing ok) but the other week i was really getting stressy about it because i’m never saticfied with myself! ITS DOING MY HEEEED IN!!!
I’m thinking on whether my demo’s not good enough or if my voice sounds crap, or if i havnt put enough if too much personality into my work or if i need to try harder or if its not what they are looking for even though i know i can do it anyway.
If you wonder why it is so hard to get into radio/ Job at a radio station, there are a few reasons that make it harder
There are a quite a few people out there who waste time. People have this thing of thinking they are the best. A good example is the X-Factor. look at all them people who come on saying “My names Bill Ryerson, i’m from Stoke and i know i’ve got the X-FACTOR!” and when they open their mouth its a nasty out of tune audio mess. These people waste time because if they dont sound any good they wont get anywhere. You have to be honest with your self, Really you should get a few honest friends to tell you if your any good.
On top of that If anybody considering getting into radio is reading this, dont just think “My jobs crap, i’ll try at this radio station because it sounds easy” you are terribly very wrong. You really have to be honest with yourself and you really should consider how much you want it because it is bloody hard. I would do almost anything to get into this medium. just sending a few CDs with something you havnt seriously thought about to stations wont work at all. The time wasters who do this make the Program Controllers so annoyed sometimes they don’t even listen to CD’s that come in and throw them away so not even the people with talent are heard.
This one gets MY back up because this goes by how they want their presenters. You can’t just walk in and be the next Kenny Everett, Phil Wheeler, Scott Mills, Dave Barret, Perry Spiller, Chris Moyles, Chris Evans, Chris Tarrent, Jo Wiley, Sandy Martin, Adam Smith, Steve Wright, Simon Hirst, Mark & Lard and do what they did/do because:
1: Your supposed to be your self. DONT TRY AND COPY ANYBODY
2: Most stations want people nowadays who only want the presenter to sound a certain way, maybe your voice or your style of presentation has to sound a certain way so you will meet the stations target audience (you wouldnt expect a Fun fast action packed radio show to be on a local BBC station because their listeners are on the older end of the scale)
You have to fit in with the radio stations Style. GWR for example only want someone who can read out something, Back announce the songs and someone with a certain voice. If you havnt got the Voice you dont get in. If you have too much Personality or too little personality or you dont say the words like they want you to, you dont get in and that pissed me off. I have a personallity and thats why people listen. I can paint a picture in someones head, It keeps people, but certain places wont have that.
Its Just a show
Well actually no. Mostly a show may be just part of your duties, the rest of the day you might have to plan your show, or answer the phones or you might have to be a news or travel gatherer.
People seem to want to apply for an on air job all the time which people think is easy. The Chances are that you will most likely do something like be a tea person, Door unlocker or studio assistant to start off with and not get on air at all.
At Swindon FM i did this for about a year before doing my first show which was Pre-Recorded first before i did a Live show, however i impressed station manager with what i could do on Cool Edit Pro and also had to almost run the station in order to get that far. You really have to proove your self. If yout not prepared to do that sort of thing then you might aswell have not even sent that first letter.
In Reality you lift the Microphone fader up, the red light comes on and then it hits you. You need to get your stuff together before you even think about getting on air because turning that mic on and saying nothing or stummering isnt going to sound very good to the listeners is it?
Luckily enough the station manager was very happy to have my help at Swindon FM and started letting me on air even though i wasnt station Style, (See Above) I did try!
Back to my Point
Its Really doing my head in. the only things i can think about that is that i wish that the station managers would open my letters and like what i do! Not only that but realise of how much help i can be to the station. I could probably make a station sound Ten Million Dollars if i was there. I dont know what to make of it!
anyway 03:30 on Friday morning, i’d better be off to bed.