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Radio presenter Angie Greaves: ‘Enjoy yourself and your audience will as well’

Angie Greaves Angie Greaves
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My first presenting job was with Spectrum Radio. At the time I was working as a producer at Capital Radio. It was a hive of activity within the industry, so info was easily accessible. I heard about the job from a friend, made a demo (on a cassette!), called the programme controller and told him to expect the tape from me – I was so cheeky back then.

He offered me the overnight slot. I was very nervous and still get a flutter of nerves even now. If you don’t get nervous, it means you don’t care anymore. I find the best way to cope with nerves is to have a little faith, and remember that you’ve been chosen to do a job and much is expected of you. Sometimes you need to remember that out of hundreds of potential people who have applied for your job, you have been chosen.

When I listen back to early demos, I hear someone trying to be what she thinks a presenter should be like

One thing I learned from that first job is that you never know who is going to be listening or watching you. It could be a particular industry person who’s interested in speaking with you, but they could also be a friend or colleague of that person, and if they enjoy your work they may mention your name at the right time. So always be polished in your work, while being human, approachable and real too. Sometimes when I listen back to my early demos, I don’t hear myself. I hear someone trying to be what she thinks a presenter should be like. If a listener were to have met the person recording those early demos in real life, the on and off-air characters wouldn’t have matched at all.

Radio is a particularly personal medium where listeners believe they are your friend(s). Being real, warm and approachable is key but whether broadcasting or on the stage, you are still aiming to connect with your audience one on one. If you’re not enjoying yourself, that comes across. Make the decision to enjoy yourself and your audience will as well.

CV: Angie Greaves

Age: Undisclosed
Training: As a radio producer and presenter, I learned by doing.
Theatre includes: Live presenting jobs including West End Live, Magic Soul at the London Palladium featuring the cast of Dreamgirls, and a walk-on part in Hairspray
TV includes: Pointless Celebrities and presenting roles for Channel 5; documentary voice-overs for TV and commercials
Agent: Nigel Forsyth, 6th Vision Management

Angie Greaves will be presenting live as well as broadcasting for Magic Radio from West End Live at Trafalgar Square, June 16-17. She was talking to John Byrne

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