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My Final Day

This Wednesday, I have worked my final day for Future Radio. After working here for 7 years (and living in Norwich for 11 years), this is a significant move for me. At Future Radio I have learnt my trade, I have made many, many friends, I have grown and developed as a person. Thanks to Future I feel like I have contributed to Norwich as a city. This will always be a special place for me. And I have many happy memories.
 
In 2008 a group of my friends arranged to go to Exit Festival in Novi Sad. I soon realised that Novi Sad was twinned with Norwich and that there was always a huge group of Norwich-locals and bands that attended this festival. I decided to make a short documentary about the festival and the twinning. It was brilliant fun. 
 
In January 2009 I decided my New Year’s resolution was to give blood.  I called the NHS Blood and Transplant team and organised for their press-person to meet me at the Assembly House, where me and the then Station Manager Tom Buckham gave blood whilst I recorded some of the key bits for radio. I have given blood 14 times now, I’m not sure if Tom ever did again (he fainted!).
 
The following November was probably one of the most exciting I had at Future Radio. First, I organised a big outside broadcast from UEA for Next Big Thing final. It was won by ‘Console Wars’ and featured a performance from the previous year’s winner Ed Sheeran. 
 
Later in the month I did a charity ‘Marathon Broadcast’ – 27 hours of broadcasting from 7am on Thursday till 10am on Friday. Although I was tired by the end, it was great fun. I particularly enjoyed playing not-safe-for-daytime tracks overnight.
 
In 2011 Future Radio were awarded funding from the Broads Authority for a project about ‘the Wherryman’s Way’ – a 35 mile walk from Norwich to Great Yarmouth. The project involved making five documentaries and creating lesson plans about the various points of geographical interest for schools. It was very rewarding, and a project I’d be keen to replicate.
 
Of course, there were many other happy memories too – thanks to working with some ace colleagues, volunteers and listeners. Future Radio is not just any place to work, everyday thousands of people let us in to their lives. I know Future Radio made a difference to mine (I have a wife and daughter to prove it).
 
Good luck Future Radio, and thank you for everything Norwich. 

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