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 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.

Currently I'm a Digital Producer at All In Media in Twickenham, working on projects with UK Radioplayer, Absolute Radio and Southern Cross Austereo.

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.

At university I was 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. We covered the set up a weekly sports coverage, 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 & 2017, I was the station manager of Poacher FM at Lincolnshire's Poacher International Scout & Guide Camp. You can read about my experience of organising the station on several blog posts.

For several years, I've worked on One Sound FM at Lincoln's One Event (formerly Grapevine). Over the years I've presented the dinnertime show, breakfast show and created the imaging for the station. For the 2015 & 2016 broadcasts I was station manager.

Video

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 summer annual event alongside other promotional material.

For Westminster Chapel, I've produced timelapses, logo animations and event highlight videos, which have been shared with other churches as examples of the church's activities.

My tools of choice are Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, however I have experience using Avid and Final Cut Pro.

Watch my videos on Vimeo

I've volunteered my time and skills for several organisations and have collated that, along with some other projects under the name Applicake.

Here I detail the tools of projects and give more examples of the end results. I also use this name when advertising my support for event.

Work listed included Westminster Chapel, KingsStock Music Festival, Poacher International Jamboree, ONE Sound FM and the Community Radio Awards.

Visit Applicake

Blog

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.

Read my blog