Last week was the first week of broadcast for Leeds Student Radio, so we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the station and the people who make it all happen.
This week I caught up with Joe Mason, the Head of The Beat, so he could tell us what to expect from LSR this year.
So, for those who don’t know, what does your role at LSR entail?
I’m head of The Beat, which means I’m effectively the head of Drive Time. I’m in charge of putting it all together and running the team. The show broadcasts from 5pm-6pm and used to be the ‘Hometime’ show, but we completely revamped it, now we want it to be the heart of student life here at Leeds.
How has the first week of broadcast been?
Manic, but fantastic. There have been so many keen people wanting to take part, the Freshers this year are keener than they were when I was in first year, there is just so must interest. It’s difficult to organise, but great to have as many people as possible turning up and wanting to give it a go.
You were involved in the Leadership Race coverage which was recently nominated for Best Event/Outside Broadcast at the Student Radio Awards, will you be taking part in outside broadcasts this year?
The Beat is going to be the central hub of outside broadcasts this year. We’ll be organising many live events, culminating in the Leadership Race towards the beginning of March. I was a co-exec producer of the Leadership Race coverage with Amos last year, and I really want to develop it. This is why I want more people involved, so that they can say that they were part of such a major event.
What do you have to say to anybody who wants to get involved in The Beat?
If they can come in and ‘speak with a smile’, and be enthusiastic, then that’s great. We want people with broad interests who are not just involved with one aspect of university life. If you want to promote another club or event, then this is the place to do that too.
Stay tuned to the Leeds Student Radio blog for more behind the scenes interviews and features.
Words: Eleanor Healing