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 an industry leader within the radio sector.
Over the years I've built up my skills in radio, website design, video and photography, with some of my favourite pieces of work being done on a volunteer basis, or just for fun.
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.
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.
For six years, I've worked on One Sound FM at Lincoln's One Event (formerly Grapevine), after a stint there in 2010 and 2011. I've presented the dinnertime and created the imaging for the station. For the 2015 & 2016 broadcasts I was station manager and breakfast show presenter.
I first started doing web design in 2006.
In 2010, I designed KingsStock Music Festival's WordPress based website and have continued developing it since. In Autumn 2013, I worked to integrate ticket sales into the website for the first Christmas season event.
Whilst at university, I became one of the first part time staff at Staffordshire University's Students' Union dedicated to their website. I assisted with updating content, creating new and exciting campaigns, as well as going through two redesigns of the entire site.
Upon taking my role as Technical Manager at Staffordshire University's One Media Group, I 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 first Radioplayer console. I also designed the Jam FM console for Scout Radio at Essex International Jamboree in 2012.
One of my earliest video projects was the opening titles for Sorry Till Closed (2009) at college, but fortunately my video skills have come a long way since then.
I've enjoyed doing logo animations for events, timelapses, live studio vision mixing, lower thirds and other opening titles.
At university I created lower thirds, titles and bumpers for studio projects and students' union campaigns.
As part of the KingsStock Music Festival, I've produced several videos to promote the 2015 event alongside other promotional material.
My tools of choice are Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, however I have experience using Avid and Final Cut Pro.
For 2014, I decided to try a 'photo a day' blog. The result is my 365 Photo blog.
The point of it was 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.
I also post regularly on my Instagram account.
Background: Saturday 15th March 2014 - All Of The Lights
I 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.