Hello, I'm Oliver Needham.

In July 2013 I graduated from Staffordshire University with a first class degree in Film, Television and Radio Studies.

I've gone from starting out in community radio at the age of 12, to working for a students' union and now to working for an industry leader within the radio sector.

Radio and web usually go hand in hand for me. Presenting radio, being technical manager and managing the website is what I usually end up doing.

Currently I'm a Digital Producer at All In Media in Twickenham. We work with the BBC, UK Radioplayer, Absolute Radio, Free Radio, Southern Cross Austereo and RTÉ.

Radio

My radio career first started life at Tulip Radio in Spalding, South Lincolnshire at the age of 12. Whilst there I got involved with many aspects of the organisation, such as presenting, promotions, admin work and assisting with outside broadcasts from a variety of locations.

When I went to university I got involved in the community station Cross Rhythms, and became part of the student radio station, One Media Group.

At OMG I presented weekly shows and in my second year I became the Technical Manager, a position I held for two years, until my graduation. Along with the Sports reporting team, we set up a weekly sports coverage show, aiming to cover a different sport every week via an outside broadcast. We also did several live OBs which included gameshows, Students' Union election coverage and charity events.

The university's annual RSL, Cre8 Radio, allowed me to present the weekend breakfast show and I continued my role as Technical Manager. I helped cover the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay through Stoke-on-Trent and the annual Tour Series cycle race through Hanley City Centre.

In Summer 2013, I was the station manager for Poacher FM at Lincolnshire's Poacher International Scout & Guide Camp. You can read about my experience of organising the station on several blog posts.

During August, I went back to One Sound FM at Lincoln's One Event (formerly Grapevine) after presenting there in 2010 and 2011. I presented the two hour Teatime show and created the imaging for the station.

Web

I first started doing web design when I did the original Act II website in 2006.

My first part time job designing and maintaining websites was for Spalding based Fun Farm, which included a full redesign of their LaserStorm website in 2009.

For the first year of KingsStock Music Festival (2010), I designed their WordPress based website and continued developing it since. In Autumn 2013, I worked with Dan Smith to integrate ticket sales into the website for their first Christmas season event.

In 2010 I became one of the first part time staff at Staffordshire University's Students' Union dedicated to their website design. I assisted with updating content, creating new and exciting campaigns, as well as helping them through two redesigns of the entire site.

Upon taking my role as Technical Manager at Staffordshire University's One Media Group, I also moved their website to a multiple user WordPress based system, which enabled many students to publish their own articles and for the management to customise it for particular events, such as the Students' Union Elections or Varsity coverage.

Off the back of OMG, I also took on the responsibility for Cre8 Radio's website, which is still hosted and maintained on a regular basis whilst they are off-air.

As a volunteer at Cross Rhythms during my first two years at university, I designed their Radioplayer console, which is still in use today. I also designed the Jam FM console for Scout Radio at Essex International Jamboree in 2012.

KingsStock Music Festival

Oxjam Manchester

All In Media

Photography

For 2014, I decided to try a 'photo a day' blog. The result is my ongoing 365 Photo blog.

The point of it is to document each day; be it something interesting that happened, something I saw on my commute or an item laying around my room.

Along with posting the photos, I've also curated a 365 Photo Spotify playlist, as each post title is also the name of a song. All the songs are also linked to in each post.

View my photo blog

Background: Saturday 15th March 2014 - All Of The Lights

Blog

I regularly share my experiences working in radio and online via my blog, Olver.me.

Among my posts is a review of some community radio websites, the story of a bad experience with a Kinder Suprise egg, a collection of resources for radio stations using WordPress for their website and how I came to present live radio 900ft in the air.

My posts about WordPress regularly draw in a few hundred visitors a month, with some sending emails asking for further advice or assistance.

Read my blog