Guest blog: ‘Life as a deaf radio presenter’ – Liam O’Dell

Hello everyone!

Here’s another guest blog for you today!

I’ve invited Liam O’Dell aka ‘Life of a Thinker’ to share his experiences of being a deaf radio presenter.

When I first started blogging, Liam was one of the first fellow deaf bloggers I’ve come across and is one of the bloggers who I find very interesting! Even as a deaf person myself, I can’t hear the radio and when I found out that Liam hosted his own show; Siren FM, I was shocked!

Enjoy reading about his experiences!

Love E x

Being deaf doesn’t stop me from loving music. Whilst someone with a mild/moderate hearing loss – like me – may struggle to hear the lyrics to some songs, we can still fall in love with the melody and instrumental parts to a track. People who are profoundly deaf may not be able to hear music (at least without supportive technology), but they can still feel the vibrations from the bass notes. Anyway, regardless of the deafness, music can still be a part of a deaf person’s life. The idea that all deaf people cannot listen to music is a common misconception.

In my case, music has always been a huge passion of mine. I’ve been playing the drums for 10 years or so, and more recently, I have been running my own radio show on Siren FM in Lincolnshire since November last year. Since starting the show – named ‘Brunchtime’ – seven months ago, my deafness has never got in the way of things.

First of all, there’s the fact that all computers and studio desks use headphones, which mean I don’t have to take my hearing aids out in order to make them sit comfortably on my ears, or to hear the music properly. As well as this, even if I cannot hear the song’s lyrics (or it’s a track I don’t recognise) a countdown timer displays on screen if a song is about to finish. Basically, the technology in the Siren FM studios always keep me in the know, and my deafness isn’t a problem.

So, putting deafness to one side for the moment, what happens in a typical day when I’m hosting a radio show? Well, my show goes out live from 10am to 12pm on a Saturday, which means I usually have to get up at 7 o’clock in the morning in order to get into the studio for around 8:30am or 9:00am. This then gives me time to print off all the necessary scripts, sort out the order of the music the audience listens to, and research any information I may need for the show.

Just before 10 o’clock, the previous presenter leaves the studio whilst the news is played out on the hour. I then get social media set up and run the show for two hours. In between songs, I get the next show segment sorted before I cue the news at 12pm.

Once the show’s finished, I upload a recording of the programme to an on-demand website called Mixcloud. I’m then done for another week until I do the show all over again the next Saturday.

If you’re interested, you can listen to my show on Saturdays, 10am to 12pm, on 107.3 FM and sirenonline.co.uk. You can also catch up on all my previous shows via my Mixcloud account.

Does music play a big part in your life? Comment below!

Liam

3 thoughts on “Guest blog: ‘Life as a deaf radio presenter’ – Liam O’Dell

  1. I quite like listening to some types of music, but have virtually no audio memory. So if you played me 2 tunes one day … & then one the next day, I would have no idea whether the 3rd one was one of the two I heard the day before or a new one!
    I never catch the words without subtitles. So all in all I prefer simple classical music without singing, say a guitar or a piano, not too many instruments.
    I am fascinated that you can do this job – well done you!

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    • I have quite a good audio memory, come to think of it. If you played a track from the charts then I would often be able to identify it. Whilst I can never hear the lyrics, I make up my own and it’s the melodies which I like. It’s why one of my favourite genres is electronic music, as they often have minimal or repeated lyrics. With that in mind, I love it when artists upload lyric videos – so helpful!

      Thank you so much! It’s so much fun as it combines both my love of music and journalism.

      I’m glad you enjoyed my guest post!

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