Why Are Role Models Important?
Watch seven women from across the radio industry (BBC Radio, Talk Radio, Global Radio, Women’s Hour) discuss why role models are important. Panel held at Goldsmiths University for International Women’s Day.
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Another post in the Women In Radio series (thanks to Wired Radio’s International Women’s Day panel), this time the panelists discuss who their role models are and why they have been important to their careers.
Talk Radio’s Marta Malagon grew up in Spain as a child and cites UK Radio and BBC iPlayer as one of the main inspirations for her starting her career in radio production.
Admiring UK Radio
“I used to listen to when I was a teenager, I used to listen to Greg James on the early breakfast on Radio 1 a lot. I started listening to anyone because I came to the UK for the first time when I was 16 because my parents [said] I needed to improve [my] English lived with a family in Sheffield for a summer and then when I went back to Spain I realised that I can listen to the iPlayer… I developed insomnia and I realised that a cure for it which sort of calmed me down was to listen to late-night radio.” - Marta Malagon - Assistant Producer at Talk Radio
Yasmeen Khan, presenter at Talk Radio, actually says a lack of role models for her growing up in the media made her interested to peruse a career in radio.
A Lack Of Role Models
“I thought someone like me can't get into radio because at that point it seemed still very male and I admired a lot of the female presenters that I saw but there was certainly nobody he was of color that I can't think of one from back in the day I mean on television there were a couple of presenters who were of color but you know it seems a very far away thing so although I loved it there was no role model for me.”
“I've never really had a role model in radio that have kind of turned to and said I want to be like that I think it was the lack of role models that made me interested so I kind of fell in love with radio because I really loved it as a form of media I think it's probably the most international form of media in terms of you could be walking down the street listening to a podcast in your earphones or you go to some of the remote disadvantages parts of worlds and they're guaranteed to probably have a radio. I just feel like it is a good way to connect with all kinds of people.” - Yasmeen Khan - Presenter at Talk Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio
Global Radio’s Anna Harding says it was her family and their attitude towards news bulletins that inspired her to become a journalist.
Family As A Role Model
“I always knew that I wanted to go into the news side of things. My Mum was probably my biggest influence for going into radio because we'd be on long car journeys and she'd turn up the news. When the news comes on now a lot of people in cars turn the news down when it comes on because they don't want to listen to it, it's boring or it's doom and gloom but for me it was really…important within my family circle the news was an appointment to be there. My Grandad would always sit down and watch the six o'clock news on the BBC so I was born into a very newsy family - no one had any experience of being in journalism it was just they were interested in it, they were connected with the world.” - Anna Harding - Global News Editor - Heart FM
Thank you to all panelists for sharing their stories on the night.
Who is on the panel?
The Women In Radio panel was held at Goldsmiths University, London on International Women’s Day. The 7 Panelists include:
- Anna Harding - Global News Editor - Heart FM
- Olivia Cope - Assistant Producer - BBC Woman’s Hour
- Yasmeen Khan - Presenter at Talk Radio and BBC Three Counties Radio
- Marta Malagon - Assistant Producer at Talk Radio
- Jen Crothers - Founder of Boogaloo Radio
- Emma Bradshaw - Student Radio Association and Social Media Editor at BBC One
- Hayley Wiltshire - Station Manager at Wired Student Radio
Why Are Role Models Important? - Wired Radio