BBC RADIO 1 !!!

It’s a dream for so many and a reality for so few. Which is why it’s such an honour to tell you that I’ll be doing some shows on Radio 1 between Christmas and New Year! 🤗🥳💜

This has been a dream of mine since I started out on my media journey when I was just a hopeful teen. Life comes at you at full force at that age, add on being LGBTQ+ and struggling with your mental health, then you create *ME*, and Radio 1 was there for all that, all the lonely nights and days with no escape. I’d listen to Scott Mills & Alice Levine religiously to cheer me up (praise be to iPlayer Radio) I’d even record Dan & Phil’s Sunday night visual radio shows to try and learn how to use the desk via proxy (I’ve never told a soul that) – which now seems to have paid off!

It’s cheesy AF but that is why I LOVE radio, it’s why I’ve spent SOOOOO much time just doing it, in the hope that someone out there really needed to have a friend and I could be just that for them. A radio studio is truly a magical place too, it can turn me, a quiet, socially anxious queer being, into a confident FORCE OF NATURE! (it’s the best feeling!)

I’ve never shied away from being myself on air, and I’m pretty sure it’s cost me a few opportunities. Like with most industries not everyone is perfect but I have faced some vile individuals while trying to pursue my dream, which is why this opportunity could not have come at a better time. Visiting Radio 1 to record my pilot really opened my eyes to how lovely radio can be, everyone was so nice and supportive! I cried after visiting, not just because I’d been offered the gig of a lifetime, but because 2019 has been a challenging year for me as a presenter, I’ve considered stopping altogether multiple times and I’m SO HAPPY I held out. Having people at the top of their game support you in such a kind way was just so refreshing and necessary!!!

Jacob recording their pilot at New Broadcasting House

SO, I’ll be seeing you for TWO Radio 1 Anthems shows on the last days of the CENTURY. My shows are on:

  • Monday 30th December –> 10am-1pm
  • Tuesday 31st December –> 9am-11am

SEE YOU THERE! – Jacob

Full press release here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/radio-1-christmas-guest-presenters

THAT THING AUTISM

Surprise! or not… I genuinely can’t remember who I have/haven’t told about this. Yes, I have Autism (the HIGH FUNCTIONING version, also known as ‘it’s a nightmare to exist because you come across more neurotypical than you’d like making you question whether you’re just plain weird’ – it’s all fun)

Surprise! or not… I genuinely can’t remember who I have/haven’t told about this. Yes, I have Autism (the HIGH FUNCTIONING version, also known as ‘it’s a nightmare to exist because you come across more neurotypical than you’d like making you question whether you’re just plain weird’ – it’s all fun)

Why tell us now?

I’ve never really tried to hide this from anyone, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it here and there. The thing I hadn’t done was let myself accept that this was me, so while I was okay with the term, I didn’t even think I had it for so long and only through finding my limit and locking myself away for the better part of two weeks did I manage to figure that part out. All of which I cover in this very long sit down podcast I did about the ins and outs of that journey.

Autism, what?

For the uninitiated, according to the National Autistic Society “Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them” and that word there, disability… never liked it much, I didn’t feel disabled, at least, not in the way society tells you to be. As I talk about in the podcast I thought I was faking it to make things easier for myself, and I think the idea that I was somehow disabled contributed to that thought process.

What now?

OMG NOW, I can finally acknowledge my sensory needs instead of ignoring them (I’ve already starting trying with this one and I’m like 500% happier already). I can finally work with myself to make things easier in social situations, rather than trying to immediate others and be EXACTLY like them, it’s as exhausting as it sounds. I also want to do more work on autism, every time I make something I hope that at least 1 person will relate and therefore feel less alone, my experiences are mine, not every autistic person will go through this BUT I’m hoping by saying all this that anyone who has been struggling to find the words now has some.

If you haven’t already, do check out my podcast [Neuro(not-so)typical] on this:

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Finally

Thank you to all the autistic people I’ve met through doing the work I do, it’s seeing you thrive and talk openly about being autistic that’s helped me not only understand how my brain works but also how to continue what I do while being fairer to my condition! – Jacob x