What to expect at Bolt FM

Bolt FM delivers several sessions a week, and no two sessions are identical. We’ll always work around you and the group to support you to create the best radio you can make and to have fun whilst doing it.

If radio is completely new to you, no problem! We’ll help as you learn to operate radio equipment, play your music and plan a show. If you’re familiar with radio or have been live or recorded audio before, we’ll see where we can help you take it to the next level.

Bolt FM is your radio station, and your say matters, whether that’s over what music is played, what questions you ask guests, or how the station is run.

Here are some of the skills and opportunities you’ll develop at Bolt FM:

Driving the desk

“Driving the desk” means sitting at the mixing desk and making sure everything is played and the sound of the show is controlled. From triggering your first song, playing Bolt FM jingles, and turning on the microphones for that chat with your co-presenter, driving the desk is one of the most important jobs you’ll learn at Bolt FM and a key skill for presenters and producers alike.

Interviews

Interviews are one of the core skills you will develop at Bolt FM. Speaking to a politician about issues close to your heart, a charity doing exceptional work in the community, or a musician debuting new songs, an interview can take many different forms and its our job to let you try your hand at all of these. There are many aspects of doing interviews that we will help you to improve on, but none is more important than being able to be yourself, and listen closely to find where the most interesting conversation is to be found.

Presenting

 We encourage everyone who comes to Bolt FM, and who wants to, to get on the mic and try their hand at presenting. It’s a brilliant feeling to know you’ve got people excited for the next music, or given listeners and yourself a good laugh on-air. But the jobs of a presenter are more than just introducing the next song, you need to keep people engaged. Letting them know what they can look forward to and why they should keep listening. You must know what’s coming up next on your show and develop the skills to set the tone of the programme, to write scripts, to interview guests and host games and competitions.

Producing

Not everyone wants to present, and that’s okay! There are lots of behind-the-scenes roles at Bolt FM. None more important than the producer. The roles of a producer can vary wildly from programme to programme. You could be booking guests, and doing research to make sure your presenter has the best questions to ask. You could be sorting out a playlist in advance to make sure that no two songs are played twice and the show has a good flow. You are responsible for supporting your presenter to make the best radio show you can. You should know when to play a song, or move on to the next item, and how to drive the desk and make sure the show is sounding as good as it possibly can. It’s also for you to reflect on the show you have just done, to work with your team to see what can be improved and come up with new ideas for the next show.

Going Live

Bolt FM broadcasts live online all year round, but also records programmes in advance. Also known as pre-recorded programmes or recorded content. Some of this will not be heard until the station is live, but some if it will go out on our Bolt FM podcast stream. When you are broadcasting live, every song you play and word you speak goes out instantly to listeners and preparation is key. We like to make sure you get to experience both processes as making a show live comes with different challenges to making a pre-recorded programme.