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COLOURFUL RADIO: ‘Old Skool to new cool’
There seems to be a little mystery about the founding year of Colourful Radio, as Wikipedia (on different sites) quotes 2004, 2006 and 2009. As part of London’s 64 digital radio stations, Colourful Radio has managed to stand out with its music selection (mostly soul, reggae and jazz-funk) as well as current affairs and news programmes, as it’s latest award for ‘Best Radio Station’ at the Urban Music Awards (2015) shows.
Their slogan ‘old skool to new cool’ had me worrying whether or not I was ‘cool enough’ for this challenge. However their mission to “reflect the diversity, varied shades and voices that makes London colourful” made me feel at ease, even though I was the only ‘white chick’ in the station that morning.
THE DOLOR FACTOR
I had met Delia previously at an event at the British Library IP and Business Centre, (don’t chuckle, they have some great courses for the fledgling entrepreneur). There she had told me about her flagship program ‘The Dolor Factor’, which started out as a television talk show broadcasting throughout the US, Canada, UK & Europe and the Caribbean. This radio spin-off is a new addition to the show’s portfolio.
Delia interviews people who are trying to make a difference in the world by encouraging others to live fuller, brighter lives. She had heard about my 52 challenges and thought I might make a decent guest. Well let’s see about that . . .
HOW DOES IT WORK?
I learned that making a one-hour show is less about free-flow chatting and more about planning and precise time management. Luckily for me, the Dolor Factor is pre-recorded, which meant when I messed up my first segment, we could actually re-do it.
The show was broken up into distinct sections, some of which were pre-recorded (like the ‘Love Factor’) and Delia was after an authentic reaction to them, others were timed segments in which we were talking about either myself or my challenges. In between the segments Delia and the producer would later enter music, to bring the whole show up to an hour. If we overran on any of the segments, other songs would have to be selected.
WAS I NERVOUS?
Now one of the earliest discoveries of my challenges was that ‘action overcomes fear – every time’. When I told Delia that my appearance on radio was a challenge in itself, the clever talk show host said: “So, how does it feel?” Hmmm, - normally I don’t have the luxury to reflect on how I feel about a challenge, while I’m at it. I simply don’t have the brain space available. (Sad, I know).
So having somebody ‘pop the question’, so to say, was incredibly helpful. I thought about it for a moment and answered: “I can feel my heart pounding, but I sort of forgot about it, as I was so absorbed in answering your questions.” And there it is, - once you get fully into the activity you are anxious about, you forget to be scared.
Thank you Delia for this great opportunity.
Please stay tuned for next week’s adventure, when I will be searching for the Holy Grail with Laurence Olivier’s son Richard.