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Steve Allen comments on Student and Hospital Radio on LBC 97.3


I heard this on my way to work, and had to stop at the top of the car park so I’d hear the end of it. The background of this is that Steve Allen did come to the Student Radio Conference in Nottingham last year, to interview BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills, in front of about 250 students.

My reaction to his comments:

Of course students are more passionate about radio! They want your job! The reason they dissect and have a lot more general knowledge about the more detailed goings on about running a radio station, is partly, as he says, down to the fact that Students do run their own stations, they each have a station manager, who in most cases is a student still continuing to do his/her degree (often their final year) whilst running a station. But I think it’s deeper than that. These students know so much about how to run at station they are much more attractive to professional stations, than someone who simply just comes in once or twice a week – or even 6 days a week – to do a show. It shows that they have a further understanding into the ins and outs of what holds together the station. The imaging, the off air marketing, the publicity, the programming of the station clock, the website development, the promotions, the events, in some student cases the sponsorships.

With radio becoming more and more multi-platform, students need all this extra knowledge to help them get a foot into the door.

If it wasn’t for me doing all the extra things, I wouldn’t have got in so easily!

Oh and with his comments about Hospital Radio, I did that for a short period of time. I can assure you, it’s not ‘all Chinese people’! But many hospital stations are run dictated by the elder generation, who largely lack the new technological ideas, and knowledge to keep their stations anywhere close to a competitive level, given the choice that patients now regularly have at their bedsides. Those hospital stations, in my view, need to make it easier for young people with fresh ideas to get involved and help run the station. Don’t be afraid to do something wrong, and don’t not do something just because “we’ve not really done it like that before”!

M&M World


Mainly a picture post.

Last week myself and @ProducerMaz met up for lunch, then decided to quickly go and check out the brand new ‘M&M World’ (amusingly you have to prove that you are over 12 to enter their website) that’s recently opened in Leicester Square.

It’s essentially a tourist venue. Reminded me a little of the excitement of going into Hamleys for the first time!

Here are some of the photos from our time there.

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Boris Johnson


Today we had Boris Johnson on the show. He was very funny, very posh, but all together quite natural. He told us that he wasn’t lucky enough to get Olympic Tickets either! However he does have tickets to see Take That at Wembley!

We asked the young people of London what they wanted Boris to answer, he tells us the poshest thing he’s done, discusses any famous friends he has, and makes a very sincere apology to one London teacher!

Turns out he loves Robbie Williams, didn’t know the names of any of the other Take That boys.

I’m currently editing down a video which will be up this weekend, and I’ll link it here.

Listen: Boris Johnson Interview

First meetings: Academy, Radio Player and more…


With just under 2 weeks until I officially become Chair, and just over 1 week until the SRA Handover myself and DCW have been attending meetings to ease in a smooth handover.

I visited the Radio Academy the other day. I met the team that work full-time, including CEO John Myers – who I noticed was in the news today after having written a report about the BBC’s news output. The SRA has a strong connection the Radio Academy. We both work very similarly, we put on similar events, we have similar roles. The Radio Academy is also, very kindly, the registered address of the Student Radio Association. So any snail mail that you post to us, we go and collect from there. They told me a few things about the Radio Festival (tickets now available), but other than that it was a pleasant ‘Hello, nice to meet you’! (We said we’d organise a pub get together soon!)

Yesterday I met with Mike Hill the MD (and only full-time employee of UK Radio Player)! We spoke about how to get as many student stations on the Radio Player as possible, and as quickly as possible. We talked through the finer details, and came up with a couple of suggestions that I need to take back to the Exec and officers before going further. He did show me the admin panels that you get when you sign up for the player, and it really is truly simple to get yourself set on the player; and the concept continues to amaze me each time I dive deeper into it.

Coming up next week David and I have meetings with Absolute; Bauer; and BBC Radio 5 Live where we will talk about sponsorship of the SRA over the coming year specifically how they can get involved in the Student Radio Awards this November.

Found a brilliant Radio App for iPhone


I’m still getting used to my iPhone and I admit, I’m a sucker for applications, I have loads – (I hide them in folders!).

For a long time, I have wanted to find a Radio Player app, so I can listen to not only my favourite stations, but also some new ones so I can listen to the competition!

This new app that I have found is a goldmine! It’s Amazing! It is international, so I can listen to all stations nationwide in UK, and my favourite stations in Australia as well as stations in America. But the real amazing thing about this app is that it also lists the majority of UK Student Radio Stations as well. You can search by ‘Genre’ and when you select “College” it will show the majority of SRA stations in the UK. There are some issues where stations are mis-categorised, (ie Pure FM from Portsmouth could not be found in ‘College’ genre but could in the “Top 40” category).

Go and check it out, you can download it from the iTunes store, or you can check their website for more information and to listen online. The also have an Android app available too!

Back to school!


Well, back to school this afternoon!

Not done enough work! – should probably be doing some now!

Not really that bothered tho! – i’m in one of those kind of moods! I am looking going back to school tho. Its much better than being at here at home. It feels a lot more like home at school, i have a purpose, where as at home, I feel as tho i’m just there to be used.

It’s not a nice feeling…. but hey!

Right i’m off… I’ll make another post when I get to school! – hopefully i’ll remember!




Hello again, and happy new year!

Last night had a few odd dreams & thoughts.

Firstly, a reminder of the promise I made to my Grandmother, about visiting her when I pass my driving test!

Also a few thoughts, no… nevermind.

I also thought back to last february. What would happen if it could happen again???

I need to find out the date I went in…

and talk to ben.

My End of Term Speech


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April 2014.

Back when I was at school (in 2003) I was Head Boy at my school. About 5 or 6 incarnations of my website and blog have passed, and this was one of my first posts. The full transcript of what I read out at the end of the first term of the year. It has consistently been one of the biggest drivers to my website, and if you search for “end of term speech” unbelievably this post is one of the top results! If you do find this useful, I’d love to hear from you, so I can understand why this post is doing so well! [/alert]

I feel that this term, has been a very successful first term of the year. We have seen many new things change, not least the new Rutherford building; new staff, and of course new students. I have now had the pleasure of meeting with all of year nine on several occasions, and from next term, will continue to do similar things throughout the other years of the school.

We have had plenty other events, that we are now more than used to. Including, Battle of the Bands, The Carol Concert, and house competitions, like, Cross Country, yr9 superstars, and now the Rugby finals.

Doing things together as a school, is what I find the most important thing about the way Worth is. That is why the Family Mass and Carol Concert, are always well attended and important. The thing that I, personally enjoyed about the Carol Concert, every year, is that it is something that even old boys, can come to, I very much enjoyed, talking to some old boys, that were Upper 6th Prefects, while I was in year 9.

Having said that, we have had the opportunity, this term, to do many more things together. For example, on Saturday, 22nd November, we were able to celebrate the victorious Rugby World Cup, we have all be able to see the talent in performing arts. I have been to many concerts, this term, the choir sang for the charity, CLIC. Also, concerts with both the Senior Orchestra, and the Austin House orchestra. And over the last two weeks, we have seen the theatrical ability of the school, with two excellent, plays, Understanding Archie and Sons of Ulster, just last week. Performed by a group of 6th formers, the majority of which all have very important exams coming up, some before the beginning of next term.

As a prefect group we have had the chance, this year, to see things from a different perspective. And together, along with the staff body, had managed to reach many new targets, and achievements; for example, Francis Bartleet and Mr Hearn, have made an outstanding effort to increase the amount of voluntary service, in the school. With the introduction of the new recycling bins.

Finally, I would like to say that I have very much enjoyed a term, which has put me through, ups, down, stress, and calm. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a restful, well deserved holiday.

End of a term…


Now we have come to an end of the term, it brings back many thoughts. I spent this evening, talking to the yr 10s, (Mike O’ Sullivan, etc), about the one thing that they would most miss from Worth when the time came to leave.

I am beginning to feel quite upset about Cardboard Castle, it sounds stupid, but to a Rutherfordian, it means so much.

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