There were two stand out moments from my working week last week. On Monday morning I subscribed to the newsletter of a Sugar Daddy website in hopes of finding that golden contact email that will land me a chat with one of those silver foxes. While Thursday afternoon involved connecting a phone interview with Tinashe to get the scoop on that rumoured relationship with the sexy thing that is Calvin Harris. Radio is exciting, random, inappropriate and amusing all at the same time and I love it. So what does my average day look like? Average… haha! That’s not really a thing, but below is a bit of an idea of how one of these crazy days looks like!
4:20am – Alarm goes off.
4:25am – Second alarm goes off.
4:30am – Third alarm goes off (set another one to 4:35am).
4:35am – ‘Get your shit together Niki’ alarm goes off and we are up and running.
In the span of 25 minutes I manage to get up, brush my teeth, get dressed, do my makeup, do my hair, pack all my day’s food and rush out the door. As you can imagine it’s a sometimes-stressful morning when that outfit I envisioned in my head in bed the night before doesn’t look quite like I thought it would.
5:00am – Drive to work, which is luckily enough 10 minutes away from my home (one time I even timed it at 7 minutes with no street lights).
5:15am – Get settled into my desk. This means turning on my laptop, storing away my lunch in the always overcrowded fridge in the work kitchen and making a tea (I’m not a coffee person – in breakfast radio, this is usually unheard of).
From this point on it is a strict schedule. Every day at 11am we have a meeting to plan the next day’s show so most things for the show that morning are already locked in. There are however segments in the show that are time sensitive and these are the things we have to get done in the morning.
My main task is to put together a segment we like to call Your Feed. These are all the stories, photos, updates, videos etc that have gone viral in the last 24 hours. On a good day, this takes about 20 minutes, considering the night before I am screenshotting a few things I see on my own news feed ready to go for the morning. On a bad day, I am pulling my hair out at about 5:55am.
Co-host Emma usually comes in about 5:25am. We chat, complain about anything remotely inconvenient that happened to us in the last hour and she proceeds to put together all the celebrity stories for the show.
5:55am – I print off all our show ammo, co-host Mike E waltzes in and it is show time!
6:00am – 9:15am – Now, as mentioned, radio is chaotic. Your aim is to always have things running smoothly and seamlessly on air while behind the scenes it’s a different story. Some days there are three scheduled live interviews with one no doubt running late so behind the scenes things are messy. Then, on the other hand, you have days where the talent (if you’re lucky enough like me is amazing) is driving most of the show and things are just falling into place.
I have a number of jobs during the show. I hop into the studio between breaks to talk about the upcoming segment. How are we setting it up, what angles are we taking on this story, who’s driving the questions? As a listener, you might not think about it but there are a lot of things to consider when presenting a segment or topic on air.
The other thing I’m in charge of is the phones. The phones can at times be an indication of my social life. Loud, messy and disorganised. People desperately trying to get through to win a competition, share a story of how they found out their husband was living a double life or outright lose it at one of the co-hosts about something they have said on air. One thing is for sure… we don’t stray away from any type of caller on the show!
The third major part of my role is social media. Pictures, videos, status’ and inboxes are coming from left right and centre and it is all up to me to order it all into place as well as post on behalf of the show!
9:15am – The show is done! Hooray! We have a quick post-show meeting where we discuss what happened on the show and what’s coming up on tomorrow’s show. It’s all about the show, show, show…
9:30am-11:00am – Playtime.
Now I call this playtime because it’s work but play at the same time. Confirming a Tove Lo interview, scanning the internet for 30 year old virgins, reaching out to the guy off LadBible who posted his wife on eBay, drooling over Beyoncé’s performance at the VMA’s. This all happens during playtime. Research, research and more research.
11:00am-11:30am– Daily meeting.
We are a small, tight-knit team so we all get involved with our own ideas, suggestions, and outright inappropriate comments. We all bring in ideas and try to be as open as possible about our own lives for the show. The show has a particular structure that we follow so it makes it easy to insert topics, interviews and segments into order. An important thing to note here is that we also have lunch during our meeting, which is a very exciting time of the day.
11:30am – whenever I feel like leaving.
Post-meeting we may have an interview to record or I might have to finish writing that email to dicksbymail.com about collaborating on a topic. As I keep telling you, every day is different. I catch up on some research, scan the Internet to see what is happening in that big scary world we live in and then I head home.
Whenever I get home – 6:00pm:
Emails are constantly flowing through – radio doesn’t ever stop. What if Zara Larsson is only available tomorrow morning at 7am, you going to miss that because you want some phone-free down time? NO!
Nap, walk the dog, scanning social media (any post, like, video, emoji is a possible on-air discussion) gym, dinner and Netflix these are my usual go to activities for the time period.
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Movie premiere, media event, music labels artist session, sobbing over Nikki’s heart being broken on The Bachelor…
8:30pm – I slip into the glorious thing that is my BED.
Then, unless it is the weekend, the next day we do it all over again!