Episode 4 – Nicola Hume, Radio Presenter

I would turn up early, or I would stay really late. I would teach myself how to use their system. On how to use their faders. I would record myself doing links off air by myself. I made that studio my second home’

-Nicola Hume

Then Heart FM radio presenter, Nicola Hume joined me in the Creative Connection podcast to discuss how she got into radio and presenting. We discussed her journey where she clearly had the goal to make it in entertainment and worked hard to make a career out of it. Nicola went to drama school, dressed up as themed characters at Chessington World of Adventures & worked all hours at Radio Jackie to hone her radio presenting skills.

I was really impressed with Nicola’s tenacity when it came to learning, practicing and proving herself in the radio station. In this conversation Nicola shared how she got her foot in the door at Radio Jackie doing travel news. She mentioned how she’d either arrive early or stay late to learn how the desk worked and to practice links. I think it’s quite inspiring to hear about how she’d keep recording links outside of shows and volunteered to cover shows, even at very unsociable times. I get the impression that when people think of how radio presenters or people in similar public facing roles got their jobs, they often think it’s largely luck and so pine after their ‘big break’ believing what they have is good enough. Whilst I’m not saying it isn’t, Nicola’s story is a perfect example of someone who made it happen. She used her spare time to improve, she made herself available when an opportunity presented itself and she was ready to use all opportunities to the fullest.

This is a great reminder to everyone that we can achieve our dreams if we put in the time, look for the opportunities and ensure we’re ready when they arrive.

Nicola: I would turn up early, or I would stay really late. I would teach myself how to use their system. On how to use their faders. I would record myself doing links off air by myself.

Jared: That’s really cool that you did that! It shows a lot of initiative and the grind.

Nicola: It was the only way to do it. The only way to get to where you have to go is to poke people. So that is literally what I did. The guy who ran the place was called Dave. Every day I would say ‘Dave, I’m just gonna hang around in the spare studio if you want to come listen’. He’d sigh and agree. I’d keep badgering him and he’d keep agreeing. It got to the point where the girl who was doing breakfast was on holiday for a week. So… I went to Dave and asked to cover it, who agreed. I got paid £20! It was very exciting. I absolutely loved it.

Nicola later went on to break down how she and her fellow breakfast presenters, as well as their producer, generates the content each morning and how they present their shows.

If you want to hear Nicola’s story or are interested in learning more about radio, you can listen to this episode of Creative Connection on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts & Spotify.

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