spring adventures: on t'radio


A big positive that has come out of final year has been joining the university radio station, Scratch. It took a hell of a lot of courage for me to do it, but I don't regret it for a single second. Whilst I don't get to do as much as I'd like (placement, I love you), I try and get involved as much as I can - I think I've already told you about the interviews I've done. I know that I should be putting everything into final year assignments and revision, but I would not be sane if it weren't for this. It gives me a bit of light relief and allows me to forget, just for an hour or so, about everything that's going on and stressing me out beyond belief. 

I interviewed Seafret with the lovely Charlotte way back in November and since then we've become good friends. Her partner in crime, Travis, got an internship at Radio 1 so he has been working like mad to finish all of his uni work, leaving Charlotte riding solo on their show, Alternate Beat. She asked me if I'd like to keep her company, so of course I said yes! We played some lovely music - it really does help when you have the same taste as someone on a radio show, I'll tell you - and had a good chat, and the hour flew by. It was lovely to be able to share a show with her and I'm excited that I get to do a couple more next month!

On top of that, a couple of weeks ago I took it to a whole new level by taking part in the 24 hour challenge - we broadcast live for 24 hours whilst also doing a cycle relay. It was all in aid of Cancer Research UK and we managed to cycle nearly 600 miles and raise over £500. I am not sure that I have ever done anything quite so bonkers before. The tiredness really hit at about 4am, and when you know that you still have another 6 hours to go that is really tough (as you can see from above photographs). I powered on through, though, with the help of everyone else and some cracking music, and made it to the end! I probably can't recount everything that happened throughout the 24 hours as I'm not sure my brain managed to take it all in, but I can tell you that my life was made because I got to play Innuendo Bingo Implication Lotto. It was a ridiculous amount of fun and I'm proud to have been a part of it. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that, once uni is over, I manage to find somewhere else to keep doing stuff like this. Now that radio is a part of my life I don't want to be without it!

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