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Aims and Objectives

> To provide and encourage quality and affordable training in radio skills.

> To promote skills sharing across the independent production sector

> To encourage new entrants to the independent production sector.

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in programme making, and production.

> To be accessible to indie staff, freelance, and BBC and commercial radio staff.

Some pictures from our latest masterclass: all photographs (c) Dan Vo 2016.  The dark arts and crafts of audio book production were celebrated in this special RIGtrain masterclass. We are the guests of Penguin Random House for an evening featuring sessions with star readers, top producers, and the Penguin audio commissioning team. 

Speakers: Peter Curran - host and presenter, Roy McMillan - award-winning producer; Sam Halstead - senior commissioning editor; Daniel Weyman, from TV's Foyles War - celebrity reader

 


How do radio stations decide which records get on their playlists?  How different is music radio on commercial stations as opposed to the BBC?  And how do you get a job presenting – or producing - your favourite music on the radio, or do you have to do as you’re told by station controllers to get ‘on air’?   How do you decide the perfect mix for a show?  Featuring Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo with Al Booth (Radio 2 and 6Music), and Simon Long (Global Radio).

Date & Time: Tuesday 13th September 2016 6.30pm
Venue: 01Zero-One, Hopkins Street, London W1F 0HS
Tickets: £5 a head, includes a glass of wine and finger buffet. Book at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain

Broadcaster Clara Amfo who’s best known for her BBC Radio 1 show, which takes the 10am-1pm weekday Live Lounge slot. Clara began her radio career at Kiss 100 FM. Having been awarded Radio Personality of the Year at the Glamour Awards 2016 for her work at Radio 1, Clara is also fast becoming a familiar face on our screens. This summer she joined the presenter team on BBC2 and BBC4 for Glastonbury 2016, which followed hosting the 2015 BBC3 festival coverage, including Radio 1's Big Weekend, T in the Park and Glastonbury.

The Editor of Specialist Music for BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music - Al Booth.  She has overseen a range of shows from Mark Radcliffe’s Folk show and Friday Night is Music Night to Gilles Peterson and Cerys Matthews. Starting her career at BBC Radio Sheffield she joined Radio 2 in 1997 working on the Steve Wright show for several years, before joining Radio 2’s specialist music team. As well as producing the Brass band show, Ed Stewart’s Sunday show and Stuart Maconie’s Saturday afternoon show she fulfilled her ambition of producing Radio 2’s country show with the legendary Bob Harris- a position which she held for more than ten years.  From organ music to acid jazz Al’s role now places her at the heart of Radio 2’s diverse specialist programming where she also has responsibility for major network events and projects including The Folk Awards, the BBC Radio 2 Country pop-up station, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

Simon Long has 20 years experience in the UK radio industry and is currently Head of Output at The Global Academy, the new University Technical College backed by Global (media and entertainment company behind some of the UK’s best-loved radio brands). Before joining the Global Academy, Simon was Deputy Programme Director at national commercial radio network KISS FM (UK) & was responsible for managing presenters and producers, exec-producing and day-to-day editorial oversight and winning Gold Awards for the Breakfast Show  (2012), Imaging  (2011), & Station of the Year  (2010) at the Radio Academy Awards. After graduating from the University of Westminster Simon began his career at KISS 100 as a specialist producer before moving up to Head of Music. He then moved to independent production company Somethin Else as  Head of a new 'Mainstream Radio' department producing nationally-networked chart shows ( HIT40UK, Fresh40) & developing new programming ideas.

Harrison Stock, is the presenter of one of Roundhouse Radio's most popular music shows and he also has some valuable experience in the industry. Harrison started in Radio while at University in Sunderland, on student station Spark FM. His obsession with new music led to him presenting a weekly new music show with interviews and live sessions as well as going on the road covering various gigs and festivals. He joined Roundhouse Radio in 2014 and rolls all of his passions and influences into his show Juicebox, which you can catch every Tuesday from 6pm. Alongside that he also does work for Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Introducing.

 

Legendary producer of 'This American Life', Ira Glass, in conversation with Fi Glover, entertained some 200 RIG members, associates and guests from the BBC and across the radio and audio industry.  Here are some highlights of the evening - all pictures © Dan Vo 2016

In Conversation on stage

In conversation with Fi Glover

audience members

Audience members

Presenting the Award

Presenting a special Award for services to global radio

Audience

Rapt audience

Animated Ira

Ira Glass in animated mood



Networking

Networking after the event


A one-off RIGtrain masterclass with the American radio legend, and creator of This American Life, Ira Glass. 

This American Life logoIra will be in conversation with Fi Glover to talk through some of his best bits, and dissect his own unique approach to the radio narrative.  And there’ll be a few laughs too:
“When I started 'This American Life', one of the reactions I got was, 'When is the adult going to show up who will host the show?' At some point, people just got used to it.”

NB: This is an invitation only event, NOT open to the public, and priority will go to pre-registered RIGtrain attendees, RIG members, and special guests. To book your place, please follow the instructions on your invitation email (RIG members and RIGtrain mailing list)

Where: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Rd, London NW1 7AY
Date: 17th August 6.30 pm.
Price: £10 (including drinks reception).


 

Our first Freelance Forum was a success, with no sign that our modest newly-introduced five-pound cover charge is any disincentive.

Samantha Baines addresses the masterclass

Samantha Baines addresses the masterclass (photo: Will Jackson)

As the indie sector expands, the podcasting market develops, and BBC in house departments start working with non-contracted staff again, there’s never been a better time to be a hip young gunslinger for hire.

Marc Leverton
(author “How To Works as Freelance Journalist”), Samantha Baines (Actress/comedian/social media guru), Nick Baker (founder of Testbed and a freelance veteran) and Clare Catford (reporter, presenter, media consultant).

Leverton headshotBaines headshotBaker headshotCatford headshot

*** Please note that all our courses and masterclasses are now open to anyone over 18 in the whole of the UK, including students in further and higher education (unless stated otherwise)***

RIG train presented a special evening dedicated to the growing freelance sector, featuring a range of speakers, including experienced radio folk, with lessons from the front line, approaches to finding work, tips on making the most of your money, protecting your rights and how to build your brand.

Cover charge of £5 a head includes a glass of wine and finger buffet.