start locally

The best place for a budding host to start is with a local community radio station. Baile Beyai is one of the co-founders of Leeds-based Sable Radio. He wants hosts and DJs to remember that radio is a two-way street: that the station and its hosts must work closely together. “The resorts wouldn’t exist without the hosts,” he says, but he acknowledges that “not everyone has the same access to equipment.” With this in mind, Sable Radio is “happy to invest in ideas” and will provide equipment for those in need. If interested, they encourage applicants from around the world to contact them.

In Liverpool, Melodic Distraction have a do-it-yourself attitude to run their music blog, event series and online radio station. They are always eager to bring new faces into their community. “We want to empower people to learn,” insists co-founder Josh Aitman. “People may feel like the barrier to radio access is, ‘I can’t use CDJs’ or ‘I can’t use turntables’, but you don’t necessarily need these skills to get started. We are happy to teach them.

“The main thing for our station is to have real passion,” says co-founder James Zaremba. “It’s about you. We are delighted to welcome anyone who wishes to enter the station to try their luck. Just like Sable, Melodic Distraction has guests from all over the world. “We try to represent as much as possible the city ​​sounds, but we have regular guests who live across the UK and as far afield as Berlin, California and Ibiza,” says Zaremba.

While the technical basics of DJing can be learned, that doesn’t mean resorts will accept people on trust alone, or accept impatient new hosts who want to skip learning the basics altogether. There are always those who take the lead and this attitude can be a deterrent for station managers and programmers.

“Some people email us as if they will automatically receive a radio broadcast and then be picked up by national radio,” says Frankie Wells, co-founder of Foundation FM, the women-run radio station in south London. . The station wants to ensure its voices are wide and diverse: “We have broadcasts from all over the UK and around the world; Manchester, Berlin, Hong Kong. Prospects can contact them directly with a demo and pitch, but Wells reiterates the need for patience: “It takes a lot of time and it takes a conversation with yourself; to find your own voice and sound on air. It’s a long process.

Adrian Newman has been Reprezent’s station manager for 10 years. “Just because you’re a huge music fan or like our platform is far from enough,” he says. Frankly, he tells us that he is inundated with emails from people who “feel entitled” to have a show. “We don’t expect people to know everything at all,” he says, “but be prepared to learn all aspects of radio, grow your network, and get a taste of Reprezent before you get a show – especially if you’re someone who arrives with no profile or experience. You don’t need to live in London to be on Reprezent, “but it helps”. Pitching your idea through their website is relatively easy.” have a ‘join now’ button on our website and when we make a call we email everyone,” Newman says.