The post mortem

by Suw on October 2, 2005

OK, so Radio Five Live went fairly well I think. I've never done live radio before, so yes, I was nervous, but more because I wasn't sure what the procedure was rather than because I felt I wouldn't know what to say. (Let's face it, the number of times I've been lost for words can be counted on the fingers of one hand.)
So I was picked up this morning by car at 8.45am (inhumane time for a Sunday morning, in my humble opinion) and got to the Beeb at about 9.30am. Wasn't on air til 10.30am, so spent that hour talking through the script with Saira and Clare the producer, and then sat, and waited, and got nervous. I was a bit surprised at how meticulously the show was scripted, actually. I'd sort of assumed that these sorts of radio shows just … happen. But no, they're actually planned down to the second.
The show itself just went so quickly. The schedule said it was half an hour, but I swear I was in the studio no more than a few moments. I didn't really get to speak to Julian Worricker, although he did send a few reassuring smiles in my direction which were very much appreciated. And I seemed to manage to speak in complete sentences, not repeat myself too much, or sound too daft, so I'm pretty happy with the way it went. It was cool too to hear Lloyd Davis and Geoff Jones add their thoughts – some recorded at drinks last week, but Geoff was on the phone as well.
The feedback from listeners was great – apparently they had some 37 texts, around 30 emails and 18 or so comments on Saira's blog. Julian mentioned afterwards that's rather a lot for a segment like that – maybe that's the power of blogs upping radio listenership?
I'm just listening to the show now on the BBC website (available for the next week, I think, and the blogging bit starts at about 30 mins in), which does make me feel a wee bit funny. I mean, the sound of one's own voice is always a bit weird, but hearing it in the context of a very professionally produced radio programme is even weirder (compare and contrast The Movie Show podcasts I occasionally do, where we just ramble on and talk crap for an hour).
Julian is going to be talking to a blogger each Sunday over the coming weeks to try to get a feel for this whole blogging lark, so if you have a blog you think that he might be interested in, you should email to let him know.
I'm relieved it's over, though, although that now allows me to worry about finishing up my public domain talk for this afternoon's RESFEST and getting my Uses of Blogs chapter polished and sent over to the editors.

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 2:21 pm

Just listened, and you didn't sound nervous.
As for the idiot who proclaimed blogs boring, well, he's probably the type who throws people out of conferences for shouting “nonsense!”.

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 5:05 pm

…or Post Vivem. Unless you're carrying on the zombie theme and were really on Radio Five Dead.
I'm listening now and you sound very good indeed. You'd think the BBC would be more creative about keyboard noise though – I know the classic radio studio mic setup is one big omnidirectional one, but they could have close-mic'd you all…
I hope they invite you back a s a blogger of the week.

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 7:08 pm

You sounded just fine to me.
And the show gave me the final push to finishing off my d-i-y service to let people create snippets of Real audio streams. Until the BBC programme disappears, you can listen to just the blogging segment at
And if you want to create any clips in future, you can go to

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 7:17 pm

I just listened to a recording of this show. Your voice exuded confidence and expertise, and you seemed every bit the blog guru. You didn't seem the least bit nervous or uncertain. Well done.

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 7:40 pm

Suw you sounded great, In contrast, I felt really nervous sat in the little box all on my own at BBC Radio Cambridge.

Anonymous October 2, 2005 at 8:29 pm

Well I was sitting outside the house of a dead person, waiting for the police to turn up. All thoughout the interview you sounded really professional and your answers were fluent and well put across.
Well done!
You really are turning into 'our' Cory Doctorow.
All you need to do is write some SF.

Anonymous October 3, 2005 at 6:02 am

“(compare and contrast The Movie Show podcasts I occasionally do, where we just ramble on and talk crap for an hour).”
Speak for yourself! Just wait til I see you in NYC! By the way, we've got a new plan with the Movie Show. I'll tell you about it when I see you.
I tried to listen to the show on the BBC website but I just heard some British woman sounding way too posh and proper and I couldn't bear it.

Anonymous October 3, 2005 at 3:44 pm

Just listen clandestantly listening to this at university between lectures. You sound really good — you could make a career out of this…. 😉
On the basis of this broadcast though, I wouldn't be too surprised if in few months to a year the BBC doesn't have some kind of regular programme bringing together blog writing, possibly read by the people — a sort of cross between From Our Correspondent, Home Truths and Points of View, perhaps covering the big blog stories of the week — which could be interesting because it might differ from whatever the major news organisations are doing.

Anonymous October 3, 2005 at 6:11 pm

Thank you all for your kind comments! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Glad you listened, even. 🙂
And if there are any other radio producers out there… I'd love to do more of this stuff. *coughsandlookshopeful*

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