Here, ye! ‘Twas St Piran’s Day 2013, Truro

Tuesday 05 March marked St Piran’s Day. And what better way to spend the afternoon than reporting live from Truro’s parade – after a quick pasty, of course.

Here’s a video I did as an experiment – it was filmed and edited entirely on an iPad mini. It shows some of the highlights of the day:



Dredging – for or against?

Above: Falmouth Oysterman Les Angel

How many more oyster festivals will there be if full-scale dredging goes ahead in the Fal estuary?

I visited Events Square to report on how the proposed plans to begin full-scale dredging in the harbour may affect the future of the annual Falmouth Oyster Festival.

You can hear my report by using the player below.

Will full-scale dredging in Falmouth harbour create more jobs and more money for the town, or will it threaten the oyster beds – and the oyster festival? Use the box below to let us know your thoughts.

How I survived my first radio assignment

…..Ok, so I’m in the process of editing my first radio assignment for my MA Multimedia Broadcasting course at University College Falmouth – here’s an update on how gathering the material went.

I’ll be posting the finished package later this week, so keep a look out.

What went well?

  • I managed to secure all the interviews I needed for my story – though some of my interviewees were highly inebriated (we’ll get to that later.)
  • I had a clear idea of my story and the narrative I wished to pursue throughout the package.
  • Most of the people I spoke to were a joy to interview. They all provided me with some great quotes which will work well in my final package.

What went wrong?

  • An interview with Councillor Chris Ridgers – cabinet member for economy and regeneration – fell through at the last minute. I had to find an alternative authoritative voice which eventually came from Mike Rangecroft, one of the main festival organisers.
  • Most people I approached in the main marquee had spent some time at the champagne stall, which wreaked havoc with my sound levels. One woman seemed convinced my microphone was edible and despite my best efforts to lower it under her chin, the audio came out sounding a little like this: shhhhhcclllllunkclicketyclick….great time…cluuunnkk…oysters…..popppp.
  • M-Audio. I must say, I rather dislike this piece of equipment: it’s bulky, takes at least two minutes to set up by slotting various cables, and other bits and pieces into holes, and even then has wires trailing everywhere.

Falmouth Oyster Festival 2012

Oyster shucking at the Falmouth Oyster Festival

Thousands of hungry visitors – including myself – are expected to flock to Events Square for the 2012 Falmouth Oyster Festival.

This year’s star guests include Dick and James Strawbridge of ITV’s ‘The Hungry Sailors,’ who will feature Falmouth in an upcoming series of their hit show.

The pair will take part in the Hot Chef’s Challenge, battling it out in the kitchen against local chefs Arty Williams from the Cove and Nick Hodges from the Flying Fish restaurant.

Festival organisers have confirmed that Monty Halls from the BBC’s ‘Fisherman’s Apprentice’ and Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends will also make special appearances during the three-day event.

I’ve been set my first assignment to make a radio package and will be buzzing around finding people to speak to and recording interesting sounds – hopefully not people choking on oysters or vomiting into dustbins next to the cider stand. Not that that happened last year.