Ideas and Creative Input and Content
Most of the ideas for the show will be thought up in meetings between the presenter of the show, his co-presenters and producers when the show is not on air. In these meetings future shows will be planned, whether it be tomorrow’s show, next months or somewhere in between which will depend on if they plan on bringing a celebrity on to the show, in person or via the phone to interview. They will also be concentrating on keeping the show segment contents fresh in order to attract more, and keep listeners who fit their target audience. In the case of Radio 1, they are aiming at the younger listeners, which was apparent when they replaced the aging Chris Moyles with a more “down with the kids” Nick Grimshaw who brought along more ideas
People and Skills
The star of a radio show is always the presenter, who can either work on his own or with a co-presenter(s) depending on their preference. With Chris Moyles, he had a team of co-presenters who helped technically, as well as comically. Nick Grimshaw however works as a bit of a lone wolf when presenting his show, with Tina Daheley doing the news segment.
The main skill a presenter must have is the ability to communicate with their audience and engage them mentally by being creative with their show content as well as being knowledgeable on what they are talking about. They must also be able to use of the recording systems and equipment while presenting the show simultaneously. The ability of being able to think on their feet is must also as they may encounter problems, either technically or with an awkward listener calling in, and they must abide by the strict codes set for them which remaining composed.
Working along side the presenter, usually behind soundproof glass, are the producers of the show, and the producers for the Radio 1 Breakfast Show are Matt Fincham, Fiona Hanlon, Ian Chaloner and Laura Coope who generally keep a low profile unless they are spoken to by Grimshaw.
They are there to make sure that the show runs smoothly and to help the presenter create content for the show. They require pretty much all of the same skills as a presenter, albeit, without the added pressure of being live on air while doing their job. They do however, have the pressure of meeting specific time deadlines so their work can benefit the show. The radio show will also have behind the scenes staff members which will include runners and researchers. The former will ‘run around’ accommodating the guests and helping out the presenters and producers. The latter will research what is happening in current news which will help out when segments are being created.
The most important equipment for a radio station will be the devices and software used for recording as well as the transmitters that are used to give out the radio waves. Without these operating being in complete working order a radio station would be pretty useless.
A more recent feature of Radio 1 gives the listener the ability to view the show being recorded via webcam, which can be watched on the BBC Radio 1 website which is kept up to date and running by a group of behind the scenes staff. Because of this feature, the lighting will also have to be taken into consideration so that the presenters are visible on screen.
The presenter and/or producers will also be required to control the show via some sort of control panel which will allow them to play songs, sound effects or sound clips from interviews for certain segments. It also allows them to take calls from listeners whether it be for a segment, a song request or a game. This equipment traditionally was all done manually with an array of switches, sliders and buttons but now can be done on computers or a system consisting of both.
Radio 1 has had many homes in the past, and is now based in the BBC Broadcasting House in London which has only recently opened. For the majority of the time the radio show would be broadcasted straight from there in the same studio, albeit with exceptions for certain interviews which were recorded elsewhere prior.
The studio in which the show is recorded would have to be sound proof so that only the presenter and anyone involved in the show, whether it be a co-presenter, producer or guest, can be heard.
Due to the webcam, the studio has also been decorated so that it looks interesting and aesthetically pleasing, as well as large enough so that there is enough space for the general larking about that happens there.
Sometimes the show is recorded outside of the studio, and instead is recorded at a musical festival such as BBC 1’s Big Weekend and Glastonbury to take full advantage of the coverage.
With it being a breakfast show, it goes live between the times of 6:30am and 10am, however, the work doesn’t end there for the presenter and producers of the show as they’ll have to carry on working until they have done enough planning for the next show and future shows. Most of this planning will be deadline based in order for it to be edited and included on the next show.