Monday 11th October 1993 was my first day of paid work as a journalist at Cardiff’s then commercial radio station, Red Dragon FM. I ‘d finished my postgraduate training course at the beginning of the summer and had spent the intervening time unsuccessfully applying for jobs and working in my friend Jon’s newsagent.
I don’t remember anything about that first day and wouldn’t even remember this story if Jon hadn’t recorded it. As you can tell it was actually from the medium wave service, Touch AM which unbelievably still broadcast a 30-minute news programme called, obviously, ‘In Touch.’
The presenter is Jon Manel who’s now one of Radio 4’s main reporters.
The things I notice: my accent affected by five years studying and living in England makes me sound like a Newport version of Mr Cholmondley-Warner. My delivery too comes straight from the postgrad course.
You can also hear a distinct whirr as each clip starts which comes from the fact they’d have been played from cartridges. It’s all very simple, rough and ready but I bet I still agonised over every bit of it.