Blog post 1 – Week 3 – 13/02/21

Y2K Reloaded is a pop up station dedicated to everything Y2K (defined as 1995 – 2005). We will be running for 4 weeks with a show a week. Each show follows a notable theme of the week,  in order, the themes are: Fashion, Entertainment, Music and Culture. My role is Editor and music co-presenter. I will be co-hosting the Music week show on week 3 of broadcasting as well as the 5v5s in the second hour of every show. This is the third week of the making of Y2K Reloaded which is all about the pilot/programme prep as well as broadcasting logistics.

As Editor, I have met with everyone in the team to go over the: website, clocks, music, each show, 5v5s, content, contributors, digital content, social media, competition and branding. As I am also one of the music presenters, Marlyse and I have been paying extra attention to the music show. We found a contributor called Ashley who is a Britney Spears impersonator who we were planning on interviewing on the 11th as our music show contributor but she cancelled last minute as her rehearsals went over. We hope to reschedule but in the event we can not interview her we have been contacting other impersonators and cover acts such as the official Spice Girls cover band and another Britney Spears impersonator who also does Christina Aguilera.

I also found our fashion show contributor who is called Aicha who is a friend of a friend. She is a TikToker and social media influencer with a combined following of almost 300k. She posts mainly fashion content such as styling videos, outfits of the days and fashion reviews. I interviewed her earlier this evening as a prerecord. The questions I asked her were pre-drafted by Andrea, Lauren and I during our meeting on Wednesday. The questions asked included “Who are your Y2K Icons?” “Where do you get your clothes?” and “What are your Y2K must haves for our listeners?”. I feel the interview went really well and we had a good relationship on air and we kept the interview predominantly very light and bubbly. I think this was achieved as we had a conversation beforehand talking about social media, fashion and our commonalities such as our friend in common and living in Glasgow as I lived in Glasgow for 2 years. After the interview was over we stayed on the call and spoke for an hour which was really lovely as not only have I recorded an interview I am confident in but I’ve also networked and built a personal relationship.

In terms of online branding, I have met with the web and branding team. Andrea has built a beautiful website which I feel is on brand for our theme. Over the past few weeks Paola has been creating and adding quizzes to the website and Hannah has been making templates for our online presence as well as the branding such as the logo for our website. In our last meeting on Thursday, we spoke about the audio branding and have decided we would like a male voice to do the competition read and possibly the idents as well. This is because the music is female heavy and all the presenters on air as well as the contributors are female. As Editor, I am trying to see ways to find more of a balance or differentiation in voices and sounds on air. This means while I have been scheduling music with Marlyse, we have been paying attention to the ratio of male to female artists. Although the voices are very female heavy, I think it’s important to have a mixture of accents/textures for the contributing females so there is some differentiation. Aicha is from Glasgow and has a young voice. Janine (our podcast contributor) is American (New York) and Ashley is from Orlando but sounds like Britney Spears and the contributor Andrea found for Entertainment week is Spanish. These accents should make the on air branding more interesting.

For the coming week, I think it is most important to focus on the scripts, getting the contributors recorded, making the on air branding and doing all the relevant prep for the pilot next week! During Mondays lesson we also need to go over the broadcasting logistics, especially for the 5v5 which I am especially excited for as it will be interesting to see how we broadcast live remotely and on Radio.Co.

Blog post 2 – Week 4 – 22/02/21

This week was pilot week! Throughout the week we have been all systems go for the pilot, making sure the branding is ready, music is ready and our features are clear as well as the overall structure of the station/shows. We have had many meetings to fine tune content and go over details for the show and the plan for the team is to stay one week ahead of the scheduling to ensure we are prepared and ready to edit any content with enough time! We also had a few technical trials with Simon for the logistics of the 5v5 and I am happy with the way it’s turned out. I also edited my interview with Aicha and chose a grime bed to match what she was saying in her interview which I thought added a nice element to the interview. Marlyse and I also managed to record our show with Ashley which I think went really well but needs a lot more editing than Aicha’s one as there was a lot of distractions on Ashley’s end as she has children. However, I loved the content and passion Ashley had when talking about Britney and her tips were great!

Paola and Hannah also recorded with Janine which I loved, I thought Janine was so fun and I loved the pace switch ups in the podcast. I also paid for the branding via a user on Fiverr called Travis and I like the male branding as I feel it Brings a bit more balance to a very female heavy show. I love Hannah’s edits and styling of the branding as I think they work really well – particularly the 5v5 ones! We also filmed our individual clips for our competition which is being platformed on TikTok. I had fun getting in to character and getting physically stuck in to the Y2K theme/aesthetic. I used my knowledge from doing research for fashion week to come up with my look and I’m happy with how it turned out. I am really proud of everyone and feel the competition clip really shows off each individual team member and the different looks, angles and props really elevated the different styles each member has. I particularly loved that Hannah was at a long shot angle standing on her bed and I also loved that Andrea used a cool filter. Super happy with everyone and thought Paola did an amazing g job splicing it together and aligning the visual lip-syncing to the audio overlay.

Lauren and I were in a shared screen zoom call whilst editing the show in Audition (on Lauren’s end) which was nice to see the magazine show coming together for the first time. I loved the pilot of the show and thought it went really well but I agree with Matthew that the clocks need redoing for a smoother listening experience. There were a few technical difficulties to begin which I will admit through me off (just for a sec though!) but I was relieved it happened in the pilot and that is now a lesson learned for future scheduling. Overall I really loved the first hour and podcast but also agree the e girl v it girl needs some more fine tuning. Moving on to the 5v5… I had so much fun! I loved doing it and feel like Lauren’s Tech Op skills are on fire which really helped the flow of things and made my job as presenter a whole lot easier. I love co presenting with Marlyse and doing this pop up station has already made me feel a lot more confident in my presenting skills as I haven’t presented live in 3 years as the presenting opportunities I’ve had over the last 6 months have been prerecorded. Working with Marlyse is really amazing especially as we both know the original format of 5v5 really well (On No Signal Radio which is 10v10 instead of 5v5). This is because her and I listened to the No Signal 10v10 output together a lot over Lockdown 1 and Grime v Garage back in June was probably the first time we experienced being on opposing teams so the rapport has been brewing for a while now! We need to reschedule the 5v5 to have more variety of artists and full length songs throughout to make up an hour versus 40 minutes which I’m excited for as it also gives us a little time off air to take a breather and reflect on each section to come back improving and keeping the energy going!As a team we have also started casting our to do list to include Entertainment week so we can stay ahead of the game as mentioned earlier! Overall I am really happy and super excited to meet with the team more throughout the week to really fine tune fashion week and have an amazing first show!

Something else which is really fun that I’ve been working on for pop up (and life) is that I have been reflecting more on my role as Editor and my team management skills/how I work in a group in general. I have been utilising the university/external university approved skills programmes and mini courses on offer on the engagement hubs and personal development portal. This is so that I can further understand my personality and working style which I’m finding really helpful for being more self aware and perceptive. I have found out I am an ENFJ which is cool to know as the development portal also gives you personalised run downs of strengths, weaknesses and creates a visual map of your core skills and ones which could use some work – there’s even a full breakdown on teamwork. I almost regret not doing it sooner as it would have been great points for the professional practice synoptic assessment but I’ve done it now – better late than never! I’m excited to further reflect and utilise the development skills on offer while I’m still a student at Westminster and bring these new skills/outlooks to my role in pop up! (:

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