The conference was a great experience for me. Covering the event was overwhelming at times but I learnt a whole lot on how to be prepared for what’s to come and be diligent in what you do as a journalist. I can say that I am now almost a professional when it comes to live tweeting.
Throughout the three days working at the conference I met some great talents from all across the African continent and it was interesting to hear them speak about the radio landscape in their specific countries.
The presentation by Callaghar was very interesting and it showed that anything is possible all you have to do is take the risk. Children presenting their own programmes on community radio stations is something I would have never thought about but also something that has not been done before. I think the CRF is a great way to expose the youth to radio and create great opportunities for them.
James O’Brien was an interesting character from Australia and a man quite educated with worldwide radio experience. He spoke twice at the conference and i enjoyed his talks on Australia’s progress to digital.
Soli Philander was the most memorable person in the whole conference. He was a loud and eloquent but yet hilarious speaker. I think they way he runs Taxi Radio and the vision they have for that radio station is new and unconventional. They involve their audience a lot more in the programs and speak to their listeners first before they speak to their advertisers and marketers. It seems to be working for them.
It was quite interesting hearing from Nick Grubb as on the first day of conference many people said they were looking forward to Grubb speaking in the coming days. Listening to how different people theorize the radio landscape was interesting, to say the least.
Topical themes throughout the conference revolved around social media and radio, community radio stations and the improtance of radio in people’s lives. The event went down very well and #jhbradiodays was trending on twitter till the last day of conference. I learnt a ton and would recommend anyone who is interested in radio to attend the conference next year, as more exciting things are to come.