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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 soundwomen.co.uk.




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...

Duration: 00:34:21

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. http://maximumfun.org/shows/one-bad-mother http://twitter.com/TheresaThorn http://maximumfun.org • 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 http://soundcloud.com/soundwomen, on iTunes http://tinyurl.com/SWPitunes, 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 http://soundwomen.co.uk 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

SWP14: she's a Fi Glover not a fighter

In this month's Sound Women podcast, there is a VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: the new patrons of Sound Women! Not only that, there is also a VERY EXCITING PERSON: the magnificent Fi Glover. A founder member of Sound Women, Radio 4 starlet and all-round smart lady, Fi tells me about: • Working hard and for free (but not, in her case, as a lawyer or recruitment consultant), while you’re still young enough to recover physically, and can still be arsed; • The jammiest job in the world; • Hosting...

Duration: 00:36:15

SWP12: an audio education (audiocation?)

PAY ATTENTION, CLASS! This month's Sound Women podcast is all about getting a radio education. There are oodles of tips from the great and good of radio; and to make the case for more formal training, we also hear from: • Cheeka Eyers, producer at Podium.me, which trains under-20s in broadcasting and journalism and releases their audio daily (they've done more than 400 podcasts in less than two years! Blimey…). The organisation is doing terrific work and, on a selfish note, I really wish...

Duration: 00:32:25

SWP11: Annie Mac, BTraits and Monki - International Women's Day Special

For International Women's Day, Radio 1 ran an all-female line-up for 39 hours. I don't know about you, but I was relieved to note that despite all these women on air, radio sets around the country did not explode in protest, listeners did not howl in agony, the industry did not crumble, and the Earth did not tremble on its axis. Instead, Radio 1 and 1Xtra's raft of talented presenters just went about their usual business of being great at what they do, and happily, three of them chatted to...

Duration: 00:32:05

SWP10: broadcasting to dogs in the night

This month's edition of the Sound Women podcast is an absolute humdinger! In it: • Natalie B, cohost of the Breakfast Show on Heart Four Counties, provides her Survival Guide for doing a breakfast show (spoiler alert! Get a thermos flask, choose your outfits the night before, don't pull sickies, and stay off the booze in the week but GO FOR IT on a Friday night). • Danielle Perry, presenter of Xfm's Evening Show, tells Ruth Barnes about persistence, her dreams of being on a show played in...

Duration: 00:38:05

SWP9: Isy Suttie turns her exes into radio gold

It's February, the shortest but arguably most interminable month of the year; but at least a few laughs hasten its progress a little. So in this month's edition of the Sound Women podcast, I find out how the radio comedy sausage is made from: 1. Isy Suttie, winner of the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Award for comedy for her Radio 4 show Pearl and Dave. As she gears up for the imminent second series of Isy Suttie's Love Letters, she tells me about song-writing, skiing, stealing, and harvesting...

Duration: 00:39:42

SWP8: Mary Anne Hobbs and her spectacular 80s hair

In this month's Sound Women podcast: • Mary Anne Hobbs sits down with her BBC 6 Music Kate Cocker to mull over their working relationship, just as Kate leaves for a new job at Key 103. They discuss dubstep, women's magazines, being saved by John Peel, looking like Nikki Sixx, poached eggs, and why it's alright to admit you don't know what you're doing. Incidentally, if you've never heard Mary Anne talking about her childhood's illicit music-listening and running away with a band, this...

Duration: 00:38:42

SWP7: Charlotte Church sounds like she's on a mission

In this month's Sound Women podcast: • The Voice of An Angel has grown into the Voice of Feminism in the Music Industry: Charlotte Church spoke to me at the Radio Festival, fresh off the stage after she delivered the BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture (the whole of which is available for download here). She doesn't mess about in urging young female artists not to play submissive, and if the radio industry thinks it plays no part in modern pop's tide of scantily clad music videos, THINK AGAIN. •...

Duration: 00:40:50

SWP6: sound partnership Annabel Port and Geoff Lloyd

In this month's podcast, I hear from both sides of one of British radio's finest mixed doubles: Annabel Port and Geoff Lloyd of Absolute Radio. Annabel reveals her Damascene conversion to radio, how she lost her social inhibitions, why doing a breakfast show ruined her personality, how to keep an on-air partnership fresh, and why she has tricky relationships with Topshop and the Harlem Globetrotters. Geoff describes how he discovered Annabel, vents about the Women Aren't Funny brigade, and...

Duration: 00:28:58

SWP5: Jane Garvey can sound Scouse when she wants to

In this month's podcast, Jane Garvey delivers abundant wit and wisdom. "There's no such thing as a boring person," she says, and she definitely is not one. She describes how her childhood career ambitions went so askew, she ended up becoming the first ever voice on BBC 5 Live and, now, presenter of Radio 4's Woman's Hour; she ponders the gender politics of the show, how to go from Gordon Brown to gussets, and whether they can ever replace the 15-minute drama with football; and she advises...

Duration: 00:47:53

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