Working for one of the UK’s biggest radio stations

Karen Campbell’s current role involves producing online content for the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra websites. That could mean anything from updating the both website’s homepage with new promos, to taking photos at sessions and concerts. Her job also involves updating the social media pages for Radio 1 and 1Xtra and even going abroad to manage any additional online content to support the radio broadcasts. We found out a little more about what it’s like to work for one of the UK’s biggest radio stations.

What is the biggest challenge you have at the moment?
I am currently leading the interactive work for the Radio 1 Teen Awards which is happening in October, and as it is such a big priority for Radio 1, it’s quite a challenge.

What is the most exciting aspect of your work?
It has varied over the years, at first when I joined, it was exciting meeting all sorts of famous people for work, now though, I’d say the most exciting aspect is when you get a chance to work at some of the big events such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend or 1Xtra Live, and also having the ability to occasionally work abroad (even though the hours are long). I know I wouldn’t have been able to visit some of the countries I’ve worked in, if it hadn’t been for the job.

How does technology help you do your job?
I wouldn’t be able to do my job without technology as pretty much 90% of what I do means using computers and going online.

What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in life?
I wish I’d known that there are so many different roles available in the music and media industries. Where I’m from, everything felt so limited, so moving to London was an eye opener.

Also, wish I’d had more examples of successful young people who made it independently.

Has anyone been a mentor to you? What lessons did they teach you?
My mum has always been my mentor. She’s taught me too many things to list, but things like surrounding yourself with good people and having faith in yourself are probably a couple of the most important things.

Would your classmates from school be surprised at what you’re doing now? Possibly, most have been impressed rather than surprised I guess, but they pretty much all know what I do because of facebook/twitter etc.

Was there a teacher who had a particularly strong influence on you? In what way?
No not really. Although one thing about my secondary school I found particularly valuable was the fact that they repeatedly told us that we were talented, and were keen to make sure we all worked to a high standard. Key phrase from my old History teacher, if she didn’t feel like we were working to our full potential was “Ladies! You are the crème de la crème, remember that”

Something about people having that level of belief in your talent helps to make you feel a bit more confident in your abilities.

What school subjects were you good at and have any been surprisingly helpful later on?
I was pretty good at English, Maths and French back in school, no surprise that English has been the most useful as I do a lot of writing, both professionally and in my spare time.

What’s your dessert island essential that you couldn’t do without?
Music, toothpaste and a toothbrush!

Have there been any clear turning points in your life so far?
Moving to London to join the start-up team for 1Xtra. Amazing being there and part of the team that launched that network.

What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Registering my own company, Shiloh PR.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
Ideally in 10 years, I’d love for my company to be successful and for that to be my full-time priority