Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Day 3 at the BBC - ferret rescue
Things got a lot more hands on for me today, which was a welcome change indeed! I was assigned to work with the mid morning show producers and after a quick brainstorm of topics (they seemed incredibly relaxed considering the show was starting in less than 90 mins), they set me off researching topics and lining up callers. I spoke to a lifeboat man who had been involved in slightly unusual rescue – saving two ferrets stranded on rocks by the tide. Once I’d lined him up as a caller for the show, it was up to me to write a script for Jonathan, the presenter, to lead in with and then the questions he would be asking. It was pretty cool hearing the words I’d written go live on air on only my third day. Sitting with producer Jo in the studio for the second hour of the program, I answered phones to callers with requests, traffic updates and some fairly hilarious stories – which for the sake of maintaining their dignity, I won’t go into. Oh, and I featured in the program elsewhere when Jonathan told the story of how I’d been misunderstood when I tried to ask for jam on my French exchange and accidentally asked for a condom instead!
I love local radio. Today's breakfast show featured an 81 year old who'd been banned from her cricket club for allegedly chasing children off the pitch! Ferrets, old ladies...I wonder what's coming next...