BBC RADIO LEEDS BRINGS A NEW SOUND TO THURSDAY EVENINGS AS IT LAUNCHES TWO BRAND NEW SHOWS
BBC Radio Leeds will transform Thursday evenings with two exciting and innovative new shows launching next week.
The new sound of Thursday nights will start with The Scene at 7pm. Hosted by Oly Woodcock, The Scene will celebrate LGBT+ life across West Yorkshire. Then from 9pm, join YouTuber Ahmed Zaman for Rated, where he’ll be talking online trends, gaming and music.
Oly from Huddersfield is already a familiar voice as our breakfast reporter, and this will be his first presenting job. He is looking forward to presenting his first show which will be fresh and relevant for today. ‘It’s primarily aimed at LGBT+ people in West Yorkshire but the show will be accessible to everyone. You can expect my cheeky personality and curious nature mixed with some of the county’s biggest talking points. As a music lover I will personally curate the playlist – so expect the big bangers, new music and many of my favourite artists’.
Ahmed is an actor, dancer, blogger and vlogger, who will bring an insight to content creators behind some of the most creative channels and social pages in West Yorkshire and beyond.
Ahmed said: “I’m honoured to be part of this new show. It’s never been done before on BBC Radio Leeds and I’m very excited to see what we can develop and where we can take the show. The show is structured around online content so we will be talking about the top rated things on the internet, who to follow, what’s good, and what’s funny! I will also be playing some old school classics and some new trending songs.”
Sanjiv Buttoo, Editor of BBC Radio Leeds said: “Following the success of the Monday Night Mixtape, ‘The Scene’ on Thursdays evenings is a celebration of our LGBT+ communities but it’s not exclusive and will have content and music that is relevant for many. With Rated, we know that many young people spend much of their leisure time online so a programme dedicated for them seemed to be a perfect fit. Rated will be presented by Leeds based vlogger Ahmed Zaman who makes his broadcasting debut.”
The two new shows follow hot on the heels of the new Monday evening show Monday Night Mixtape which launched on August 20th. There will be more innovative evening shows announced in coming weeks.
OLY WOODCOCK INTERVIEW
What’s your reaction to being the new presenter of The Scene?
Everybody working in radio wants their own show and I’ve worked very hard to get mine! I was born and brought up in West Yorkshire so to be able to broadcast in the county I love and particularly the LGBT community which is so rich, is very important and a dream come true for me!
What can listeners expect when we listen to your show?
‘The Scene’ will be fresh and relevant for today. It’s primarily aimed at LGBT people in West Yorkshire but the show will be accessible to everyone, you can expect my cheeky personality and curious nature mixed with some of the county’s biggest talking points. As a music lover I will personally curate the playlist – so expect the big bangers, new music and many of my favourite artists.
What will you be talking about and what about the music?
You’ll have to tune in and listen! Live every Thursday from 7pm on BBC Radio Leeds – and join the convo on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
What kind of reaction have you had from the LGBT+ community about the show?
The response I’ve had so far has been very positive. I will bring light to LGBT issues in an open and honest way as I try and represent the communities that can be ignored by the other mainstream media. People I’ve spoken to are really grateful that Radio Leeds are doing this and can’t wait to tune in.
How do you feel about BBC Radio Leeds doing something completely different for different audiences?
The BBC is for everyone and I’m a strong advocate of celebrating and representing who we all are and where we all live.
Is it important we reach young and diverse listeners?Of course! Society is changing, it always has and it always will, and my show will be very much part of that natural evolution
AHMED ZAMAN INTERVIEW
What’s your reaction to being the new presenter of Rated?
I’m honoured to be part of this new show. It’s never been done before on BBC Radio Leeds and I’m very exciting to see what we can develop and where we can take the show. I’m also excited to try new things that haven’t been done on radio and just experiment.
What can we listeners expect when we listen to your show? What will you be talking about and what about the music?
The show is structured around online content so we will be talking about the top rated things on the internet, who to follow, what’s good, and to be honest, what’ funny! We’ll also be playing some bangers! Old school, new trending songs, hits after hits!
What was your first experience of digital content? What made you want to be a YouTuber?
My first experience was watching Humaza Productions Diary of a Badman. Humza talked about his culture and religion in a comedic manner. He produced funny sketches about the Asian communities and how they were in different scenarios. The videos always concluded with a positive message which inspired many young people including myself.
I was an actor/dancer who was starting out and whilst waiting for roles and decided to make my own dance videos and put them on the Internet. I then started to see that there was this other world of YouTube that existed. I discovered vlogs, the challenges, and the how to videos. It all looked fun so I decided to give it a go!
How do you feel about BBC Radio Leeds doing something completely different for its audiences? Is it important we reach young and diverse listeners?
I feel that this is a great new path for BBC Radio Leeds and will attract a different audience. It’s important to reach young diverse audiences as West Yorkshire is known as a diverse city with many different ethnic backgrounds living in it. We need to show that organisations like BBC value diversity.