My First Blog!
26th July 2016
If you like football, tennis, food, cocktails, sunshine, laughing, and puns (really bad puns), then chances are, we’ll probably get along.
I’m the newbie to join the Red 24 family and I’m so happy to be part of this very talented group of faces, they’re all pretty fit.
It’s always a bit awks writing about yourself, but I suppose it would be normal to start this blog by telling you a bit about me and my presenting life so far.
So I’m nearly 30, desperately clinging on to my last few months in my 20s, and I’ve been presenting now for about 8 years, which makes me feel really quite old! I’ve had some amazing, hilarious, and equally horrendous jobs along the way that have got me to this stage in my career. But, they do all make me smile and have somehow led me to this point, which I’m so grateful for.
I absolutely love what I do and I can’t wait for this upcoming football season to begin as I’ll be presenting two brand new, very exciting TV shows – I still keep pinching myself! This last year particularly, has been pretty intense. I took on a part time journalism course and passed my 100 words per minute shorthand exam, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, as well as fitting in lots of exciting and challenging jobs around it. It’s been exhausting, but so worth it. I’m now a fully qualified journalist as well as a presenter, so proud!
In the coming weeks I’ll be filling you in with all the backstage tales from some exciting brand new shows I have starting, so for now, I reckon it would be fun to look back at some of my favourite, and not so favourite moments so far that have made me cry and cringe with laughter.
Up near the top of my list, which I still can’t believe happened, has to be on my first ever presenting job when I worked on the shopping channel Bid TV, when I actually fell asleep on live TV. Yep. Seriously. My co presenter and I were selling a mattress and I decided to get comfortable. Next thing you know – actually asleep. Obviously I don’t know how this happened but I’ve watched the footage back and it was indeed real and not a nightmare.
Scariest job has to have been my first day presenting my sports radio show on Juice 107.2. The week before my first show, I was taught the ropes on how to run the radio desk, which is basically a switchboard with about 7,000 buttons on it. I then came in for the show, on my own, with no help, and had to somehow remember how and when to press each button, as well as produce the show, and speak LIVE whilst still holding it all together. Talk about multi tasking! Thankfully, it went OK and I managed the 4 hours of live lonesome radio without breaking anything or going silent. Good times. Two years later and I’m like buttons? What buttons!
The most fun I’ve had on a job so far has been working for UEFA at the Champions League games for Arsenal and Manchester United. As a huge football fan, just being involved in the Champions League is exciting enough, so to present in a special lounge for UEFA, at two amazing stadiums, and then get to watch the matches, is basically like giving a kid free rein of a sweet shop. If only it were Anfield (but yeah yeah, I know, it’s been a while.)
Presenting live to a crowd of 3,000 people at the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham was pretty exhilarating, and working with the Premier League last season with some great guests has been a huge highlight too.
I feel rather lucky to be doing something I love and calling it work, and hopefully with this blog there will be more opportunities for me to tell you lots about my life and the things I get up to in my spare time too.
For now though, I’m off to top up my (Zla)tan whilst drinking a strawberry Xhakarui and catching up on the latest transfer news. That’s enough, Ibe going now.