Welcome to the Radio Essentials Podcast with James Marriott

“Eyup” (as we say up ‘ere in Yorkshire) and welcome to our first season of Podcasts. In every episode, James Marriott chats to someone from the big wide world of radio to look at their career, how radio has changed, and what the future holds for the industry.
Now of course, we couldn’t possibly do a radio podcast without playing a game of Celebrity Birthdays, plus Dixie’s our first contestant on Jock Against The Clock.
Below you will find an Episode Summary and keep checking back for details of Season 2 which is coming soon!

Episode 1 features Dixie from Heart in sunny Yorkshire. He tells us about his career, the moves up and down the country with plenty of highs and a few more difficult moments, as well as his view on radio in 2021 and some top tips for anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps.

Episode 2 features Dan Noble from Absolute Radio. We hear about Dan’s career path, his thoughts on radio right now, and his tips for any budding presenters wanting to follow in his footsteps.
Episode 3 features Jo Russell from Gem 106 and Greatest Hits Radio. Jo talks us through her early career leading on to an incredible stint on the breakfast airwaves of the East Midlands as half of the multi-award winning Jo & Twiggy, before heading off to Absolute Radio and now on Gem 106. She tells us about the differences between doing local, regional and national radio and her thoughts for the future of the industry.
Episode 4 features Dave Cooper, one half of the new Gaydio breakfast line-up. Dave’s journey to breakfast radio is unusual and inspiring in equal measures. If you’re an aspiring presenter looking to break into radio, this episode is definitely one for you. We find out more about Gaydio, one of the most underrated radio stations in the country, and a brand which knows and serves its audience incredibly.
Episode 5 features the one and only Scottie McClue, king of the phone-in. Scottie chats to James about his career, his favourite – and most difficult – calls – and his current on-line phone-in project. Scottie reflects on some of the more controversial moments he’s been at the centre of, and tells us about his aims of returning to the airwaves in the not-too-distant future.
Episode 6 features Angie Greaves from Smooth Radio onto the podcast to tell us about her roots and journey into radio. Angie explains to James Marriott how she made the jump from the admin side of radio into the studio and a remarkable broadcasting career that has followed, plus we talk about representation in the industry.
Episode 7 features Danny Mylo, one half of the award winning Pulse 1 breakfast show. He takes us back to the moment he fell in love with radio, doing his first show on a community radio RSL at the age of 14, right through to winning Gold at the Arias. And having been there and done it, there’s some great advice and tips in here for anyone wanting to break into radio themselves.
Episode 8 features Heart’s Rezzy Ghadjar. We find out about her journey into radio, which certainly didn’t follow any of the ‘normal’ routes, and what she thinks makes Heart such powerful brand.
Episode 9 features BBC Radio Manchester breakfast show presenter Michelle Dignan to the podcast. It’s a fascinating chat, from her early years at Key 103 and Hallam FM, through to 5 Live and now Radio Manchester.
Episode 10 features Anushka Arora from Sunrise Radio. Anushka has done absolutely loads of amazing things and she also tells us more about Sunrise Radio – a fantastic station. Get her advice on how to get a foot in the door in the radio industry.
Episode 11 features Richard Allinson. Capital to Radio 2 to Magic and Greatest Hits Radio – Richard’s career spans basically the biggest stations and brands in the radio world. He talks us through the early days including how a new DJ not turning up at his university student radio station set things in motion. We talk through a remarkable 17 years on Capital and the jump onto Radio 2, as well as how things have changed over those years.
Episode 12 features Sean Goldsmith. There aren’t many local breakfast shows which have owned their airwaves in the way Sean and Becky did on Peak in Chesterfield, back in the day…And it’s a pleasure to welcome Sean Goldsmith to the podcast to discuss his career including those glory days on Peak. We also discuss Sean’s apparent ‘luck’ when it comes to getting those all important breaks, his diagnosis with aspergers in the last few years, and what his back-up career has long been should the radio world go pop.

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