My Absolute Radio Work Experience by Callum Mellon

Work experience at Absolute Radio is a strange animal. It’s fast, ever changing and different from what I have experienced before at radio stations (that being said they were community or student stations.)

Everything written here is true, so I feel the best thing would to quickly explain about myself. I’m a twenty three year old masters student from Bournemouth University studying radio production. Now that is out of the way, we can move onto the actual experience.

I applied for work experience on the website ( ) in October, and like most people looking for a taste of this exuberant industry, didn’t expect to ever hear back. Oh how wrong I was, when in December I received an email asking me if I would be willing to come in and do a couple of weeks work. I replied straight away and three days later after arranging accommodation in London walked through the doors to Absolute Radio.

You don’t come in as a ‘workie’ (as you get jokingly nicknamed) and suddenly become the next huge presenter/producer, instead you meet all the amazing people; learn what you can from them and help in any way needed while carrying out everyday tasks such as stocking fridges and sorting post . I have also done some weird things to say the least, such as scouring London at Christmas on foot for a tin of Roses and bringing in a Wickes branded manger sent to be built up for the nativity play, (that was performed on Christian O’Connell’s Breakfast Show which starred David Tennant as the Virgin Mary).

That leads me onto the amazing stuff I have done. I came in at six in the morning the day of the Nativity to help set up, working alongside the breakfast team. I helped the Hometime show source audio for competitions, updated PRS, listened to audio to help create podcasts, and live reads (making sure the presenters have said branded advertisements in links when they were meant to).

All the people here have been amazing, chatting to me and making me feel part of the family (and that is the only way to describe Absolute Radio), whether it be in the office, in the zoo (nickname for the staff canteen) over lunch, or down the pub for a couple after work.

So if you are looking for work experience, here are a few tips of what to expect:

  • Be prepared to do all sorts of odd jobs. They will get you into places you wouldn’t normally get, and talking to people you might not have had the courage to approach on your own.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask. If you don’t know what you are doing just say.
  • Be happy about everything. Don’t feel like an outsider and if you do, talk to someone about it. Everyone will welcome you.
  • Ask questions, be it what people are doing on the weekend or what play-out system is used. You have come to learn so use the time.
  • Above all, enjoy it!

I hope someone out there finds my thoughts helpful, from one ‘workie’ to maybe another
-Callum Mellon

Comments (2)

  1. Ivor Biggen @ November 18, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Quote “that being said they were community or student stations.”
    Do you not work for a community radio station at the moment? What was and is wrong with community stations?

  2. One Golden Square @ November 18, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment. We have many current and former staff at Absolute Radio who joined us via the Community Radio or Student Radio route. We completely value the contribution to the radio industry made by these stations, and the point Callum makes is that some people choose to use their invaluable experience to move into local, regional or national radio.

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