05Jan
2018
Interning at Kiss FM

As part of JMC's Internship Initiative, Liam Rowan and Amelia Lancashire interned at KISS FM for 15 weeks, hosting a weekly radio show called the JMC Takeover.

Working with industry professionals in a real-world industry setting, we caught up with them to find out what they got out of the experience. 

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How did the internship go?

Liam: The internship went incredibly well! It probably couldn't have gone any better. The amount Millie and I learnt during the 15 weeks at Kiss is crazy. We were both extremely nervous at the start, but that eventually went away.

Amelia: The idea of going live on radio was definitely daunting at first, but over time the nerves eased up and Liam and I got into a nice routine where the radio show ran smoothly each week.

What kind of things did you get up to while working there?

Liam: The weekly routine was inviting guest DJ's and producers for an interview and a mix. We tried to get a new artist in every week. If we couldn't get someone in. Either myself or Millie would mix. We also had one themed show, three weeks into the internship. The show was inspired by Acid House and the rise of illegal raves and the rebellion movement.

Amelia: It allowed us to get our names and styles out there a bit more. For me that meant developing my DJing skills and getting to share my passion for house music with the Kiss FM community. But it wasn't all fun and games, there was a lot of pre- and post-production that went on as part of producing and presenting the weekly show. This involved updating the show page on the Kiss website, finding guests to have on the show and posting to social media.

What are the main things you learned?

Liam: The main things I learnt was to be confident on-air. The difference in the way I spoke on-air at the start is completely different to how clear and confident I was by the end. This is something I will take with me for the rest of my life, regardless if it's talking on the radio.
The second thing I learnt was to be organised. Pretty self-explanatory, you have to be very organised if you host a radio show!

Amelia: To be more confident - both on and off air. Whilst my confidence grew on air over time, as you would expect when presenting a radio show for 15 weeks, I have also noticed that my confidence has grown in a more general sense off air due to having to meet and chat with so many people in the process of hosting the radio show. My time at Kiss has allowed me to become less shy because you have to be pretty outgoing in order to make for engaged guests and listeners. 

I also learnt how to produce and run a radio show. At the beginning of the internship we spent a couple of days learning how to use the equipment and software, and we also went through an induction process that taught us how to take care of the administration side of the show.

What lessons are you most going to take with you into your study and future jobs?

Liam: As I mentioned before, the way I hold myself on and off air will definitely be a skill I will take into future jobs.

Amelia: In completing this internship, I got to talk to guests and people like the station manager, all of whom have had to work extremely hard to get to where they are now. Some of these people are running their own record labels, touring the world and, of course, running a radio station. From these people, I have learnt that it takes a large amount of hard work and persistence to achieve great things, something which I will take with me into my future jobs and endeavours.

What advice would you give to other students taking on an internship?

Amelia: My biggest piece of advice is to stay organised. Taking part in an internship whilst keeping up with uni work can get pretty hectic, so making sure you are super organised and on top of it all is extremely important.  Being in a professional workplace within the industry that you're studying is also such an amazing opportunity, so make the most of it! Take in as much information as you can, talk to the people that you’re working with/for, because there is so much you can learn from them.

Liam: The advice I would give to new interns is to be confident in what they say and to be organised, well in advance for every show.

What do you see for your future career now? Is it any different to when you went into the internship?

Liam: I have always had the idea of doing radio in some form in the future. After doing this internship, this is even more liable.

Amelia: Going into this internship I hadn't had too much experience within the radio and broadcast field. Whilst my interest in radio had been sparked a little during the audio course, you don't get to look into radio in a great deal of depth. So, it wasn't until this internship that I got to realise my passion for radio. As a long-time radio listener, working in radio seems like it would be really fun, but it also seems like a daunting and unobtainable dream, so getting to have a taste of this industry in a real-world environment where I was an active participant in creating content for the airwaves has definitely inspired me to want to further pursue a career within the radio/broadcast space.

Find out more about studying Audio Engineering and Sound Production, and JMC’s Internship Opportunities.