You're On The Air!

You're On The Air!

These days anyone can be a broadcaster simply by using their smartphone - but there is an art to doing it properly. Broadcaster and journalist Jon Briggs (the original voice of Siri in the UK) talks to professional broadcasters about what it takes to make a living On The Air.

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May 22, 2021 59 min

From the BBC continuity broom cupboard to prime time sports anchor for Match of the Day 2, Mark "Chappers" Chapman is the voice of calm and reason when  a zillion outside sources are being thrown at him every Saturday afternoon for Sport on 5. What does it take to be across so many different sports, does he really want Gary Lineker's job and what does he really do during the second half commentary? In conversation with ...

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For 25 years Cornelius Lysaght was Mister Horse Racing for BBC Radio - broadcasting live into  the daily and sports programmes of BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4. Whether over the jumps or on the flat, his voice has become synonymous with the sound of thundering hooves on turf. But what does it take to be a specialist in such a global and historically rich sport? And just how do you manage all those bizarre horses names? And why d...

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January 13, 2021 45 min

Libby Purves is best known for hosting BBC Radio 4's Midweek for over 30 years. She's also been a Times newspaper columnist since 1982.  But what does it take to become the youngest presenter of the "Today" programme,  why does she hate saying "my show" and why does she have a problem with podcasts? In conversation with the Original UK Voice of Siri - broadcaster Jon Briggs.

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January 13, 2021 47 min

It's not often that you get a presenting job on Television that lasts for almost 30 years. Julia Roberts appeared in the opening video for QVC when it launched in the UK in 1993 and has worked for the channel ever since. So what's the secret to selling on TV? In a world of online videos that are now necessary to sell your product, was QVC just way ahead of its time? And why is this possibly the hardest job in the TV industr...

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December 21, 2020 44 min

The art of the weather presenter is a much underrated one, unsung and sometimes dismissed as  mere "weather girls",  these fully qualified and highly trained presenters are at the pinnacle of the presenter's art. Laura Tobin has to  impart vital information for the viewer's day ahead in ever changing circumstances, unscripted and live. So what does it take to squeeze the nation's forecast into  60 seconds - or l...

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December 15, 2020 38 min

Doyenne of the Radio 4 Announcer's studio and Newsreader par excellence, Susan Rae explains what you need to sit in the chair that controls the UK's premier speech network.  From the  hostile reaction her smooth Scottish brogue generated when she arrived on the station, to  her dislike of the mathematics required to keep everything running on time, plus the trickiest bit of the Shipping Forecast and how to maintain the news...

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December 7, 2020 42 min

He's the voice that launched the BBC's  brand new pop music network - BBC Radio 1 in 1967 and he's never been off the airwaves since. Tony Blackburn is synonymous with pop music from the 60's and 70's, but just what was it like making such a momentous broadcast?  How did he transfer from the Pirate  Radio ships to the BBC? How has he survived all these years, and  in the age of Spotify what is the point of the r...

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November 29, 2020 40 min

Timmy Mallett - Broadcaster, Artist, Presenter of Wacaday and keen cyclist talks about what it takes to be On The Air. From his inspirational brother Martin to his love of language, Timmy talks about George Michael, Chris Evans and Prince Timmy and reveals why John Lennon's death  changed the way he broadcasts.  Plus how you master the art of zoo radio and make it sound Utterly Brilliant! In conversation with the Original UK Vo...

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November 17, 2020 46 min

Bob Harris, presenter of BBC Radio 2's Country Music show and the original Old Grey Whistle Test  on what it takes to be On The Air. Whisperin' Bob talks about his 50 years behind the microphone, including how he builds his programmes, where his moniker "whisperin" came from,  how the Fast Show immortalised him, and why he's never been happier in his broadcasting career than right now. In conversation with the O...

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November 15, 2020 47 min

BBC News presenter and journalist, Simon McCoy reveals what it takes to be On The Air. Discussing everything from royal babies to pads of A4 paper, co-presenters to broadcasting heroes,  as well as how to change gear from the serious side of news to the whimsical as only McCoy can. What are the skills needed to do 3 hours of live news daily on Britain's foremost television news channel? In conversation with the Original UK Voic...

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