Working for radio station Black Cat 107 FM is some of the best fun I have ever had. The station broadcasts on FM in St Neots and on DAB in Cambridge.
It plays a lot of different music and not just a handful of the same records on heavy rotation. If you contact Black Cat and ask for a certain record to be played there is a very good chance they’ll play it.
For my money, Black Cat broadcasts some of the best local radio I’ve ever heard which is why I’m very proud to be a part of it and we believe that around 1 in 10 people in St Neots tune into Black Cat every week. That’s pretty impressive for any local radio station.
I’ve worked for a number of radio stations and what I love is that Black Cat 107 DJs get a lot of freedom. Many radio stations are very formatted and it seems that there are so many rules nobody can have any fun. When I play the Four Tops or some great Motown record you can bet that I’m either singing along or dancing around the studio.
Working as a DJ on the radio has changed a lot over the last 30 years. “In the old days” adverts were played off 8 track carts (like a big cassette) and the music was played on vinyl records and you had to work fast and take levels for everything. These days most of the music and all adverts are played out through a computer system and it’s pretty cool that I can actually let the computer sort the advert break out and go and make a cup of tea (a bit like when you’re sat at home watching Coronation Street). That said though when it comes to knowing what to say and when to say it that’s all down to experience and skill.
With radio, everything has to run to time. Adverts, traffic reports, and especially the news. This has taught me a lot about working live with timings for cutting your wedding cake and flowing into your first dance if you are getting married.
Being on the radio for many years has been brilliant for me. I’ve met some really interesting people – and I don’t just mean celebs – I’m talking about normal working people who sometimes do incredible things. In addition, I’ve also had the chance to work with some top quality DJs and had tips and programming meetings with some of the best in the business which is why I think that I get so many great reviews working as a live DJ.