Routes into radio

Making the break into paid, professional radio can be hard. So if you’re broadcasting on community, student or hospital radio or producing your own podcasts how do you make that leap into paid employment in the sector that you love?

The CoP Show's Sophie Lording talks to radio presenter Sean Thorne, freelance comedy producer Dave Cribb and BBC Radio's James Cook, Maggie Ayre and John Byrne at the Student Radio Association's training day hosted by Burst Radio in Bristol. They give their tips on how to make that first break, get noticed and learn your craft.

"Radio is about people and it’s about ideas." – John Byrne

Sophie also talks to students Richard Queree, Tom Sturdy, Jennifer Bell, Michael Adair and Gabrielle Westington about their next steps after student radio.

Sean Thorne is a presenter for children’s digital station Fun Kids. He also works for BBC Radio Bristol.

James Cook is the arts and poetry editor for BBC Radio, producing programmes across BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 including Poetry Please, Word of Mouth, With Great Pleasure and various documentaries.

Maggie Ayre is an award winning documentary producer for the BBC, with credits including Soul Music, Costing the Earth and The Food Programme.

Dave Cribb is a freelance radio comedy producer who has worked for both independent production companies and the BBC.

John Byrne is a radio producer who has worked in radio for over 24 years for commercial, independent, BBC local and BBC network radio. He currently produces documentaries for BBC Radio 4.