Lily Rose

I suppose a good start would be to start with my name so,

My name is Lily Rose Phillips. I am nineteen years of age, an Aquarius just in case you were wondering. I love to be creative; it has always been a passion of mine to be able to make my ideas come to life. I have worked as a freelance artist and have learnt many skills while doing so.

I feel like the cool choices programme will help me expand my knowledge in the world of radio and production. I hope to learn and gain a great experience from the process. I also hope that my creative edge will help me bring some imagination to the table and help me throughout the next few weeks to put my own stamp on things, and more importantly have fun.

Thursday 12th of February

13 February 2015

It felt good to be able to catch up on a few things I had missed out on (written work etc). I also got to call up a few places to organise interviews, I called the Fire Service and got talking to them to see if they would be willing to be interviewed as something that we could contribute to our radio show. We explained how they were already running a scheme with the Princes Trust to help young people get into fire training, I told them that was fantastic and would work really well with what our show was about.
We had a talk with Rebecca, just an overview of my blogging etc, she gave a few of us some feedback on how we could improve some of the blogs and format them better to help get your point across better. I then helped a few other members of the group by being interviewed.. that was a change being on the other side of things. I gave my opinion on what I think young people should do to help themselves get work/training, how you should present yourself in an interview and a few other questions. I was happy with what I answered as it’s what I try to do myself.

Wednesday 11th of February

Today the group split up to gather information/interview/arrange interviews with organisations about career paths and options available for young people. There was also a DJ master class with Ryan A from Cool Clubbing. He told the group a little bit about himself and about how he got into radio and gave some advice. The group got a chance to go down to the Studio were Ryan A showed us how to mix two records together, after everyone got to have ago on the decks and have some fun with it.

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Tuesday 10th of February

Today the group got a chance to go over the interviews we had gathered from the public on Monday. The group agreed there was room for improvement so for practice interviewed one and other. This was good as it helped build up more confidence for when you had to approach people.
After lunch there was a trip to Cityside centre in Belfast to get more interviews and voice recordings for our radio show. Over the two outings we were able to gather quite a bit of material for radio show.

 

Monday 9th of February

Today we got the chance to go out on the Cool FM bus, first stop was outside Glenglormley High School. Unfortunately we didn’t get to interview the students. But we took the opportunity to interview passers-by on road safety as we had a few questions based on the ‘take there, get there scheme’. It seemed to be quite a quiet road but most people we came in contact with were more than willing to help. It was great fun as the bus was blasting out some tunes and we had a little dance outside.
Next stop, Ballyclare. The bus was parked at city hall and we made our way out from there to get some more interviews on road safety and some of the high school students had finished their classes, so we got the chance to give away some flyers for the cool academy scheme.
All in all I think the day was a success, we did the best with what we had and had fun while doing so.

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6th of February

Rebecca gave the group a talk about presentation skills, she then gave the group a task to write down a presentation and we gave each other feedback in at the end.
After lunch we were told on Monday and Tuesday some of us would be going out on the media bus to visit a few places for interviews which would help us start the background work for our radio show. Sonya joined us to help us prepare some questions that we are going to ask. I am really looking forward to the outing so far I am really enjoying getting to interview people and use the little recorder.

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5th of February

To begin the day we started to work on our radio show that we will be producing as part of our course. We came up with a few ideas and brainstormed eventually coming up with 4 different areas to cover so we weren’t all taking about the same thing but it was still relevant. We looked at ways how to break it up and picked the songs for our playlist for the show.
We then had a vote as to which roles we were going to play in the making of the radio show. I was chosen to be one of the reporters, which I was pleased with, I have been enjoying going out and interviewing people and this is my chance to build up on those skills.

3rd of February 2015

To start off the day we got to meet Ross to talk about the Cool FM website, he explained how to make a post popular and get lots of views just by making what you’re posting relevant to what is going on in the news for example.
We then got to meet two women from the lottery win who help fund the programme; they asked us for our help with their project empowering young people. We came up with some idea’s to help get the programme more well known. Me and a few others of the group as well had a look at the first draft of the website, we gave out opinions on it and how it could improve to appeal to younger people.

2nd of February 2015

Today we stared on our OCN’s, these are the qualifications we will get at the end of our course. Sonya Mac helped us go through the first few sections. It was basically covering things we had gone over these past few weeks. We then had a talk with Carl about imagery, he showed us how it all works and how he makes all the jingles we hear on the show. We were then joined by Keith who talked about imaging and gave us some insight into what it is he does in his work.

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6 February 2015

To start off today we made a Vlog which Chris a member of our group shot. We basically said who we are and why we were here. After watching it over I realised how different I looked on camera…
We then got to hear Pete Sodden explain how he came about working on radio, it was interesting to see how different the storeys we have heard so far are so diverse. We were then joined by David McCommand who is head of programming; it was crazy to see how much goes on behind the scenes. I think I would like to learn more about this side of things.
We got a pretty cool chance to try out this new Redbull sponsored ’Ice breaker’ game, me and Lara raced each other and for the record, I won but the glory was short lived as I was then defeated by Samuel.
We got to meet Richard Hoey, the man knows his stuff. He showed us the studios and explained how they were built to be perfectly soundproof, with the windows having more than one panel of glass and at a tilt. He took us into the processing room and we saw equipment that makes the radio shows come together. You can control everything from this room from the studio with a press of a few buttons. The reason for these to be separated was for more room and to keep the equipment from overheating etc. I really enjoyed seeing the engineering side in the background.
Just finished voice recording there, I am going to admit I was pretty nervous. Listening back to my voice was a weird experience… I have a mixture of accents. I feel a bit better after getting some positive feedback from Sonya. Just have to wait and see how it goes.

Whats the news?

We got to meet Nigel from the news team, we got an introduction to news and how it works. He explained how in a way we are all journalists from using Facebook. News is always evolving, the way it is heard and how journalists gather the information and put the own stamp on things, always putting the listener at the centre. He also talked about the future and how he feels that it could go on to more video podcasts etc.
Stakeholders/partners –Public Health Agency
-Target audiences –Charities
–profile raising –Cool Academy
–MLA’S
We were then set a task to come up with a news story which we thought had meaning and that had relevance to the present time. I had choose the issues with the conscience clause that has been trying to make its way into Stormont. I explained how there was a protest the next day (31st) and that I could go down and make interviews which people there. So I was given a recording device for the weekend.
We then got talking with Eammen who runs the Cool Plus page. He talked about brand statements and set a us a task to come up with a slogan for the cool plus site. So we brainstormed and sent him our ideas.
We were then joined by Florence who is in charge of health and safety, she started off as a programing assistant and is trained in first aid. She had gone through the regulations with us and had a few health and safety hazards round the room he had to point out.

29th of January 2015

To start the day Paulo Ross talked about social media to the group. He updates the Facebook page and other social media sites. He makes memes and posts about things people that like cool fm would find relatable. He then set a task for the group to make meme’s.
Richard Ross from promotions gave the group insight on brands which cool fm work with. And the more listeners the more brands want to be involved to advertise themselves. He explained how roadshows and outside broadcasts are good for making more business. Outside broadcasts are live on air but don’t have to be in the studio.

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Blog entry 26th January 2015

First blog so far… forgive me if I am a bit rusty on the writing. It’s been a while. Well to start off today the group got to meet Sonya Mac who is a presenter on Cool FM. Who was also joined by Rebecca McKinney who showed us a power point welcoming us and letting us know what to expect, and what was expected of us. We introduced ourselves to Sonya individually and got to ask her a few questions. After we began to write about ourselves, what we are interested in and what we like etc.
We then got to meet the creators of the ‘mycoolchoices.co.uk’ website; they then explained why the system worked and showed us how to get started. After we had lunch (for the record it was a chicken and mayo sandwich.)We had another power point about styling and personal image. This was to help us come up with ideas for out photo-shoot.
Making the group photo was a lot of fun, they had us running up hills and posing like models… I use the word models loosely. We all had individual shots, which will be used to go online for our cool choices profiles.
All in all it was a good day, its nice getting to know the others in the group more and more each day and I wish for the fun to continue.

Blog entry 27th of January 2015

To start off today we went to see the breakfast show in the studio. It was amazing to see what it was like on the other side of the radio. After that we had gathered the items from our challenge on Friday together to see how we could sell them and get money together for charity. I had made a post on my Facebook page with images of all the items to help sell them.
After we had cleared everything away we had a visit from John Rosbouorgh who had told us about the history of radio and how we got to where we are now. He explained how Downtown radio began in 1976 and how Cool fm started in 1990. I found what he said very interesting, and enjoyed the clips of old radio broadcasts he had to show us.
We then met Simon Mann, he explained how he had been in the business for 27 years. He showed us a PowerPoint about the company and also explained his own journey.
At the end were shown a brief which we went into teams and showed Simon and the rest of the group what we had come together. I had really great fun working with my group to come up with our idea and can’t wait to see the outcome.

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About me

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My Role:
Cool choices participant
About me:
I suppose a good start would be to start with my name so,
My name is Lily Rose Phillips. I am nineteen years of age, an Aquarius just in case you were wondering. I love to be creative; it has always been a passion of mine to be able to make my ideas come to life. I have worked as a freelance artist and have learnt many skills while doing so.
I feel like the cool choices programme will help me expand my knowledge in the world of radio and production. I hope to learn and gain a great experience from the process. I also hope that my creative edge will help me bring some imagination to the table and help me throughout the next few weeks to put my own stamp on things, and more importantly have fun.