My Amazing Story So Far...
The story of my radio career so far has been an adventure I will never forget. My journey began at my local Hospital Radio station in Hastings. I enjoyed single-handedly presenting and produced my weekly Friday night show from the age of fifteen. At eighteen, I moved to Cardiff, where I studied B.A. Radio for a year at Glamorgan University. During this time, I presented and produced a show for the student station, Tequila Radio, called "We'll Play It By Ear with Fern". A year later, the university offered me an unmissable chance and I went on a one year international exchange programme to America. Here, I fell in love with radio at an even deeper level. I consequently transferred to Western Carolina University, (North Carolina) in 2010, where I studied Broadcast Communication. .
In North Carolina I found opportunities to dive into radio like never before at the student-run radio station WWCUFM, Power 90.5. This is the only FM radio station in the county, which meant we had many listeners from the local community. As a result, I decided to stay in the U.S. and transferred to WCU to complete my studies. I spent many hours working at the radio station, where I became Student General Manager. In this role, I learned to multitask very efficiently, yet had great fun participating in all the activities this paid position required of me - from training the staff, to producing the station's output, to working with clients and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the station, along with, of course, presenting my morning show and a weekly comedy/drama show.
May, 2012 saw my graduation from the university and my reluctant goodbye to the radio station, which had literally become something like a second home to me. Luckily for me, I had the chance to stay in America for a while after graduating to gain still more experience in the area I have so much passion for. I started working as afternoon drive on-air talent at WMOMFM in Michigan, which taught me a great deal about commercial radio. This is a hit music station and I enjoyed keeping up to date with the current chart songs. I loved the local, fun feel of this station and I feel that I definitely made my mark there, as my listeners are still commenting on my Facebook page, even now that I am back home in England.
My listeners became like friends to me and I adored interacting with them, both on air and online. Before leaving, I produced a video for my listeners, summing up my amazing experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LsC9wRGz3eY I am eager to continue my career and grow in the field that I have so much adoration and enthusiasm for. I am constantly told that the thing which makes me stand out the most is that I always sound like I love what I do – which could not be more accurate.
I enjoy writing and producing commercials, public service announcements and other radio elements. My sense of fun, enthusiasm and my friendly voice and bright personality have proved popular with the listeners. Since returning home to the UK, I have worked for radio station in America and England. Some of the local community in Michigan liked my show so much that they asked me to continue voice-tracking a show for a local station there. I pre-recorded a show, which aired every Friday evening. As well as this, I worked as a broadcast journalist for Hastings Local Radio - an online news station.
I spent some time working as Deputy Station Manager at Roundhouse Radio in London. In this position, I got to train others in their radio skills, whilst learning myself.
I went on to co-host a comedy/chat show on Hospital Radio Hastings called "Fern and Jasmine's Floral Bouquet". It was filled with games, sketches, characters, discussions and a very upbeat selection of music.The show has a Facebook page, which attracted many fans and allows us to continue to keep in touch today.
Currently, I co-host a show on RNIB's Connect Radio called "Long Time, No See"! This is a lighthearted and positive programme, which discusses some of the differences and similarities between blind and fully sighted everyday life. The show focuses on the relationship between myself, (as someone registered blind) and my best friend, (who is fully sighted). It aims to bring both sides of the spectrum - and everyone in between - together and to highlight the fact that we are all united and can laugh, joke and have fun together, regardless of how much we can see!
I am always looking to learn and better myself. I am simply hoping for opportunities which allow me to reach my full potential. Every day, I look forward to my next amazing adventure in my broadcast career. I have been discouraged along the way, but if it had made me give up, I might not have the story I do today. Please help me add to it.