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Earshot podcast: Women in Imaging with Stephanie Hirst

Laura Mather of ReelWorld, Stephanie Hirst and the BBC's Kathy Clugston

Laura Mather of ReelWorld, Stephanie Hirst and the BBC’s Kathy Clugston

This edition of the Earshot podcast is happily sponsored by Broadcast Bionics.

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Earshot podcast: Women in Imaging with Stephanie Hirst

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What is the role of women in radio imaging?

In this edition of the Earshot podcast, broadcaster and radio imaging enthusiast Stephanie Hirst explores the role of women in imaging with guests from opposite ends of the radio production spectrum.

Laura Mather is a multi award-winning imaging producer and the European Production Manager at ReelWorld, writing and producing creative audio for client stations worldwide. Kathy Clugston helps shape the sound of BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service as a voice artist and newsreader on those networks.

Together they seek to identify the unique creative contribution that women make to radio station sound, promotion and imaging, ask why are there so few women in certain fields of radio production like imaging and to what extent does sexism exist in radio production?

Stephanie, Laura and Kathy also play some creative work they’ve made or which has inspired them, and we hear audio and comments from Jo Nicoll, who has made it to the top flight of UK commercial radio production as head of Production for the Smooth and Gold networks at Global Radio.

This all-female show is produced by Hayley Hayes and Sara Hashem at Maple Street Studios.

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If you’d like to get in touch or share your production just email us. We love to play audio from around the world – any station – any format, especially if it has an interesting story behind it.


Steph and Laura in studio

Steph and Laura in studio

Steph and Laura at Maple Street Studios

Steph and Laura at Maple Street Studios

Maple Street's Sara Hasham and Hayley Hayes of Earshot.

Maple Street’s Sara Hashem and Hayley Hayes of Earshot producing.

The all-female team behind this podcast

Earshot’s all-women team of (l-r) Hayley Hayes, Laura Mather, Stephanie Hirst, Kathy Clugston and Sara Hashem.

Maple Street Studios sign

Maple Street Studios – our home for one day.

Stephanie Hirst's Veronica cassette

Stephanie Hirst’s Veronica cassette

Sound Women

The professional membership organisation for women in UK radio has a focus in 2016 on women in technical roles. Membership for those working in radio costs £5 per month. More information here.


Earshot podcast - generic logoEarshot Creative Review theme music by the Tiger Club Band with kind permission. Studio recording made at Maple Street Studios in London’s West End. Our thanks to Broadcast Bionics, makers of Virtual Director, for their help in making this show possible and to ReelWorld for producing the special Women in Imaging jingle for Stephanie.

Any views expressed are personal. The contributors acknowledge all rights held by the owners, creators and performers of the recorded works which are included for the purposes of education and review.


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