Are you a music artist/performer looking to shine at radio interviews? Then why not come along to our next Arts Portal on Saturday 21st April at noon, when former BBC radio broadcaster (and Ropetackle Arts Centre's current director) Phil Jackson, will show you how to:
- identify a suitable broadcast output
- help your musical submission stand out from the rest
- prepare for an interview
- maximise impact using social media,
while discussing the general dos and don'ts of radio.
Phil’s love of music showed up very early indeed. "After finding a small transistor radio in a bin at the age of six, countless hours were spent exploring the extraordinary variety of sounds that emanated from that magical blue box.
'A particularly vivid memory was listening to two DJ’s on a rock station talking about a track (it was by Thin Lizzy I think), and I thought to myself – I wanna do that.' he says.
Phil's first taste of broadcasting came 11 years later when he began regularly guesting on a friend’s jazz show on a University radio station. After that, a decade of travelling significantly broadened Phil’s horizons (musically and otherwise), till his work with BBC Sussex Radio Station began in 2002 with a weekly ‘What’s On guide’ which profiled local bands and music events on the breakfast show. This developed into a two hour specialist new music programme called South:Live which first aired in November 2004.
Whilst working with the BBC, Phil also regularly appeared as a guest presenter on BBC Radio London as well as on BBC Radio 3, and he also consulted on the development of 'BBC: Introducing' - the BBC’s flagship new music initiative.
With the development of BBC Introducing South:Live under-went a re-brand and @BBC Introducing: The South (now presented by Melita Dennett) continues to be a fixture on BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey on Saturday nights from 8pm – 9pm.