So on Monday morning I return to Cheltenham for the start of the new term at the University of Gloucestershire.
Last year I was in halls of residence close to Cheltenham’s town center. This year, I’m in a shared house (7 other people), less than 2 minutes walk from the halls I was in last year.
I went in to Cheltenham on Wednesday and picked up my key (I managed to remember which house it was), and I’ll be moving in properly on Monday morning. Like last year, I’ll be staying in Cheltenham 4 nights a week, and in Cirencester 3 nights a week.
Also on Wednesday there was a guest speaker at uni which I went to see, along with some of the other 2nd year radio students and the new 1st years.
The guest speaker was John Osbourne, the author of Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio – each chapter is about a different radio station which John listened to over a period of time. I read it last month, after someone said my Radio Listening Blog pointed it out to me, saying that it reminded them of me!
John played some clips of his favorite radio shows – some of which I liked more than others (I have to say I wasn’t too keen on some of the American podcasts, I prefer conventional radio stations)… I particularly liked the clip from one of Tommy Boyd’s show on TalkSPORT, when someone phoned in to complain. The only trouble was that all calls go through to the studio and out on to the air unscreened and live – so, consequently, he looked a bit stupid. But it was funny to listen to. The argument goes on for nearly half an hour!
Have a read of John’s book – you can get it on Amazon.
I’m looking forward to returning to the world of radio at uni – first lecture on Monday afternoon is all about Radio Drama. That should be interesting.
Off to get ready for Dr Who, which is on in half an hour.