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Welcome to the monthly Sound Women podcast, featuring news and reports about the UK radio industry, plus interviews with some of the finest Sound Women (and Men) in the land. Hosted by Helen Zaltzman of Answer Me This! podcast. Click here to subscribe to the Sound Women podcast via iTunes. The Sound Women network is committed to raising the profile of the women who work in the radio and audio industry, and celebrating their achievements. Find out more at




The Sound Women Podcast: BBC Local Radio Mentoring Scheme Special

This special one off episode focuses on the 2014 Sound Women BBC Local Radio Mentoring Scheme. We catch up with a few of the mentees who took part. Broadcaster Fi Glover discusses the ins and outs of being a mentor. Plus Sue Ahern, Creative Director of Creative People, offers tips on how to get the best out of a potential mentor, and how women working in audio can equip themselves for the ever-changing workplace. This episode was presented and produced by Shola Aleje Join the new Sound Women...

Duration: 00:34:21

The Sound Women Podcast: A Celebration of The Sound Women Organisation

After 5 glorious years, the legendary Sound Women organisation has come to an end. In this finale episode presented by patron Angie Greaves, we hear from some of the women that have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all happen. Tune in to find out how Sound Women chair Chris Burns (Head of Group Operations for Audio & Music at BBC) got her start; why Jane Garvey (BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour) believes it is vital to have diversity across all areas of radio; and why Sue Bowerman...

Duration: 00:49:19

The Sound Women Podcast: Be A Good Sport

In this month’s edition of the Sound Women podcast Chelsea TV and BBC 5 Live presenter Gigi Salmon introduces ‘Be A Good Sport’ with some of the leading female figures in sports broadcasting. We hear from the first female commentator on ‘Match of the Day’ as Jacqui Oatley MBE explains that it’s never too late to follow your dream career. We also pinned down BBC World Service’s Caroline Barker in-between her world travels with sports stories from Rio, Kenya, the United States and even from...

Duration: 00:41:56

Sound Women Podcast: Women In Tech

In the latest edition of the Sound Women Podcast we shine a light on the technical roles within sound & audio. Whether you work in this field or not, we’re here to break down the barriers and reinforce the message that tech is not as scary as it seems! Presenter Ann Charles is joined by Ioana Barbu, an engineer from Bauer Media and Aradhna Tayal, a producer and organiser of RadTechCon. We hear from Terri Winston, the founder of the Women’s Audio Mission in California. Plus, we'll be...

Duration: 00:34:39

The Sound Women Podcast: Breakfast of Champions

In this edition of the podcast, Sound Women's Nicki Bannerman chairs the Breakfast Radio panel special. She is joined by Edith Bowman (Virgin Radio), A.Dot (BBC 1Xtra) and Charlie Hedges (Kiss FM). They discuss their roles in breakfast radio, side projects, how to get ahead, top tips for breaking into the industry and much more. We’ll also be talking to Heidi Secker from regional breakfast show Heart East Anglia - she discusses her background in radio, how to keep going in the face of...

Duration: 00:40:43

The Sound Women Podcast: Getting In the Door

This month's edition of the Sound Women podcast is jam-packed full of advice and insight for 'getting your foot in the door’, whether you are a budding presenter or keen to work behind the scenes. Hosted by Radio X’s Jo Good, this episode hears from DJ and radio presenter (The Selector, Capital Radio) Goldierocks and producer (Radio 1, 6 Music) Becky Grisedale-Sherry as the trio talk about their own experiences on getting in the industry. We also get some top tips from presenter, mentor and...

Duration: 00:41:48

The Sound Women Podcast: Comedy Special

This month's edition of the Sound Women podcast is a celebration of comedy, written and presented by comedian and actress Penelope Solomon. In this episode, Penelope talks about the BBC's upcoming sitcom revival, catches up with the founder of Funny Women, Lynne Parker and discusses the do's and don'ts of comedy with comedian Samantha Baines and journalist Karen Glaser. If you're an Ab Fab fan, you'll love Nicki Bannerman's chat with the legendary Helen Lederer. And be sure to have a tissue...

Duration: 00:30:08

The Sound Women Podcast: Getting Up the Ladder

Have you landed a job in your dream industry, but find yourself unsure of how to take the next step up in your career? If so, this month’s instalment of the Sound Women podcast is not to be missed. Join Stephanie Hirst as she presents an episode dedicated to climbing the ladder, with interviews from Talk Radio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne and Kiss FM’s Renee Alleyne. Find out why showing passion for your chosen field is essential when it comes to career progression,...

Duration: 00:26:16

The Sound Women Podcast: Branded Content

Gemma Cairney hosts this month’s episode all about Branded Content. We hear from Lauren Laverne who tells us about how her content site 'The Pool' works with brands. We also hear from Talia Lapidus and Tasha Proctor from Audioboom about how brands are using podcasts to build audiences. Shona Ghosh who is the Editor of the recently launched Marketing Mind Podcast shares her thoughts on what makes good and bad branded content. Lead Producer: Hayley Clarke Co-Producer and interviewer: Nicki...

Duration: 00:26:25

The Sound Women Podcast: Voices

Curious about what it takes to be a voiceover artist? Join Liz Kershaw for the latest edition of the Sound Women podcast, dedicated to the voice industry. In this episode we hear from actress and comedienne Laura Shavin, international voice coach and author Yvonne Morley, and the voice of Absolute Radio’s Classic Rock Party, Claire Sturgess. Tune in to find out what makes a great demo, the difference between a ‘chocolatey’ tone and a ‘corporate’ one, and for an outstanding Jennifer Saunders...

Duration: 00:31:03

The Sound Women Podcast: The U.S

Helen Zalztman takes us on a journey through American Audio. We meet Andrea Silenzi - presenter and creator of Why oh Why? and producer on commercial podcast network Panoply - as she navigates exciting opportunities becoming available in the industry. Sarah Geiss from Chicago's Third Coast Festival shares her tips on getting your work heard internationally. Ann Hepermann of The Sarah Awards tells us why 'audio-fiction' is the next audio-frontier. And 99% Invisible's Katie Mingle talks to...

Duration: 00:21:56

The Sound Women Podcast: Mentoring

Kate Thornton is joined in the Sound Women Studio by Caroline Raphael (ex Radio 4 Commissioner, Editorial Director of Audio Penguin Random House) and Fran Plowright (Creative Learning Consultant). They discuss how to get the most out of a being a mentee, how to find a suitable mentor and offer tips on C.V writing. In this episode we also hear from Helen Boaden (Director of BBC Radio) and Sue Ahern (Director of Training, Sound Women and Creative People). Find out more about Sound Women at...

Duration: 00:30:54

SWP Extra: Sound Women Future Festival

Welcome to the Sound Women's second ever festival, based around the theme of Future, because the future is now! For those of you who missed the festival (or want to relive its glory) we’ve crammed in as much as possible into this highlights podcast. Hear Kerri Hoffman, founder of the podcast network Radiotopia, discuss how radio is consumed stateside. Clara Amfo catches up with campaigner and comedian Francesca Martinez. Dr Kate Murphy transports us back to 1922 to explore women’s place in...

Duration: 00:25:36

SWP21: Podcasting and beyond

We're in an exciting time for podcasting, so in this episode I speak to two of its foremost practitioners: • Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother, and one half of the First Couple of Podcasting - she was on the frontline when her husband Jesse Thorn set up one of the first and greatest podcasting networks, Maximum Fun. • Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and founder of the Radiotopia network, where they see...

Duration: 00:46:38

SWP20: be smiley for Jo Whiley

What a way to round off the year: a chat with JO WHILEY! She spills the beans on being out-pedanted by her listeners, not being a cool parent, launching bands, and running in a glass box for 26 hours straight (with a little help from Les Mis). We also take a stroll back through the year's Sound Women podcasts, which you can hear in full on SoundCloud, on iTunes, and miscellaneous other podcast directories. Farewell until January...

Duration: 00:28:24

SWP19: Classic.

In this month's show, THE voice of British radio, Charlotte Green, talks to me about keeping her voice in shape (but not at the expense of cheese), remaining calm in a crisis (even when you’ve had to get up at 3.30am), cracking up (just twice in her whole career!), and the poetry of the Shipping Forecast (rain, moderate or good). Tune in to Charlotte Green's Culture Club, 3pm every Sunday on Classic FM, or download the podcast....

Duration: 00:30:04

SWP18: Feel the fear and freelance anyway

If you're dipping your toe into the turgid waters of a freelance career, Sound Women have the event for you: a free freelancer training day on 21st November, in association with Creative Skillset and the BBC Academy. Keep an eye on to find out how to reserve your place. As a freelancer myself, I've spent ten years alternating between joy and terror. So for this month's podcast, I assembled a crack squadron of freelancers to share their self-propelled wisdom: • Nicky...

Duration: 00:36:22

SWP17: Newsflash!

Serious faces, please: this is a news special of the Sound Women podcast. Coming up: • Petrie Hosken weighs up her former job as a war reporter and life on the frontline at LBC; • The team at Sky News Radio show how they get those bulletins onto commercial radio stations across the nation on the hour, every hour; • PM and Broadcasting House editor Jo Carr tells Ruth Barnes about the Martha Kearney test and keeping Radio 4's current affairs broadcasting at the top of its game. Look out for...

Duration: 00:31:11

SWP16: The Sound of Sport

Don your sweatbands and side-vent gym shorts, because it’s a sporty special of the Sound Women podcast! On the team, we have: • Georgie Bingham, presenter of TalkSport’s weekend breakfast show and alum of ESPN and Sky Sports; • Jennie Gow and Chessie Bent, who bring Formula 1 to BBC 5 Live; • Presenter and commentator Jacqui Oatley, the voice that launched a thousand (champion)ships; • Plus, of course, Sound Women Podcast regulars Cheeka Eyers and Ruth Barnes. If you want to contribute to...

Duration: 00:30:10

SWP15: Annie Nightingale, and the festival experience

She was the first woman ever to present on Radio 1; she's still there, 44 years on; and she's now a patron of Sound Women: this month's special guest is the almighty Annie Nightingale! She tells me about getting a job in the boys' club, keeping the Duranies on side, and the period of music that nearly destroyed even her indefatigable enthusiasm. Since it's July and therefore we're knee deep in festival season, this episode contains a crash course in what's involved in bringing the festival...

Duration: 00:36:08

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