Mark Powlett was selected to be the new BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire
early breakfast show presenter after impressing the New Talent judges in
After a year in his new role, he has been taken on as a permanent figure on the station. Here he tells us what the experience has been
Mark also has some top tips and advice about getting into the radio industry.
Q1. What happened after you won the scheme - did you get any training?
I went into the station and met everyone and started getting an idea of how
things worked. I had loads of one-on-one training which was great.
Q2. What are you doing now?
Once it came to the end of my initial contract, I wasn't sure if it was going
to be extended, but fortunately it was! So I'm still presenting early breakfast
and reporting for the main breakfast show too.
Q3. What are the best and worst things about being a radio presenter?
You get to meet lots of people, but as I'm a local boy, my family get to hear
about things that I've said on radio which can be bad! The hardest thing to
overcome when I started was the technical side of the job - six computer screens
in front of you, buttons everywhere!
Q4. What's your average day like? Has getting up early affected your life?
I get to the studio about 4.30am and get everything set up. I do the first
show so I'm the only one in! Getting up so early has curtailed my acting career
slightly. I still do other bits here and there, but hopefully this is the
way my career's going now.
Q5. What's your show like - how much input do you have?
It's evolved over the first year. When you try something new you get feedback
from callers so you begin to get a feel for what they like and what they don't.
It's great to be able to use my imagination and try new ideas - there's quite
a lot of audience interaction in my show.
Q6. Do you have a team to help produce the show?
As far as a team goes - I am the team! I pretty much do everything. I often do research at home and come in to find loads of emails from myself!