As you probably gathered, my name’s Joseph Begley. You can currently find me presenting weekday breakfast and Saturday daytime on Lincs FM to an audience of 292,000 listeners each week, as well as the chart show on a Sunday afternoon, which until recently aired across five radio stations.
In a move as surprising to me as it no doubt is to you, I was nominated for Best New Presenter at the 2017 Radio Academy ARIAs aged just 21; the only new, young commercial ‘jock’ to be nominated. In the end Freddie Flintoff walked away with the top prize. I thought my days of consistently losing out to sporty guys had finished when I left school but alas it turns out it followed me into adult life.
Radio’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to work in since I was a wee boy in short trousers. I started off on Bedroom FM as a teenager, painstakingly writing out my own music logs and managed to double my audience in just one year*. After creating my own podcast shared around my school-friends, there was a decision to be made: do I go to university and down the student radio route or dive straight in and work my way up the ladder through work experience and the like? I opted for the latter.
I assisted the award-winning Sam and Amy on their breakfast show at Gem for six months, I popped to One Golden Square numerous times and I started beavering away at my local radio station. My first proper paid role involved me dressing up in a sweaty bear costume at local events and, let me tell you, I never miss it.
I then got offered a job: six months after having never been on radio before I was presenting a daily afternoon show on Rutland Radio and went on to cover breakfast not soon after. I then leapt further up the ladder and moved to Lincs FM to present shows there, beginning with the evening show before progressing to breakfast eighteen months later.
I’m a personality jock through and through; every link I do has me flowing through it. That doesn’t mean they’re all rambling though – there’s plenty of tight links, keeping the music flowing where necessary. In my head I always want to provide “value for money” for the listener. I want them to go away from listening, be it for ten minutes or an hour, having heard something that connects with them.
As well as day to day presenting and familiarity with both Genesys and Myriad playout systems, I frequently schedule music logs in Powergold, produce content for social media and the website, create graphics and edit and create production and features in Audition. I also have a long list of musicians and pop stars I’ve interviewed, be it in person or down the line, and these interviews air on my Saturday show and across the Lincs group of radio stations.
In my spare time you can probably find me watching an episode of Murder, She Wrote
P.S Interested in what I’m listening to music-wise? It’s all listed here.
*we got another cat
Quoted 292,000 listeners: RAJAR Q1 2020 combined Lincs FM, Compass FM & Rutland Radio weekly audience figures
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