“I’m not happy with that show”

I LOVE being on the radio. It’s my favourite thing in the world, my dream job and I’m incredibly lucky to have my own show every week.

BUT – sometimes things don’t go to plan. I don’t mean that interviews fall through, there’s technical problems or even that a guest has gone rogue. Sometimes – as a presenter – you don’t go to plan. You’re not on your A-game, something is slightly off, things just aren’t sitting right – and you’re not quite sure why either.

The best advice I’ve been given by a radio boss is “give a little bit of yourself away each time you go on air” – be your authentic self and people will connect. It’s something that I think about with every show I do, but what if your “authentic self” during a particular show isn’t how you’d want to be perceived on air? If you’re trying to give a bit of yourself in each show, how do you wrestle internally with a show that isn’t up to your own standards, without ripping yourself to shreds? 

It’s something that no-one ever tells you when you start presenting – and they should, because I know I’m not the only person that has felt this. It can be a bit like social media – everyone seems to be having the best time when they’re on air. But when you’re giving a bit of yourself on-air – and because radio is so personal – a show that doesn’t feel like it hit the mark can feel like a personal failure – it’s because I’ve not been good enough

I’m lucky enough to do a show every week and I try to keep high standards for myself – and I’d like to think that for most shows I do the best job I could do. But it’s inevitable that – every now and then – I’ll present a show that will feel like it didn’t quite hit the mark. The difficult part is separating “me on the radio” from “me”, which – when you’re trying to give a bit of yourself during each show – complicates things slightly.

(Ps – any tips on dealing with this are more than welcome!)

One thought on ““I’m not happy with that show”

  1. The smart thing here is that you realise it wasn’t your best show. It’s presenters who can’t take criticism or think they are always right who have the problem. BUT don’t take it too much to heart. Enjoy the good shows but also learn from those that aren’t up to your best – don’t kick yourself too much.


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