I was at the Beeb today! The Dock has the great honour of hosting this Sunday’s Radio Ulster morning service – and since a Dock Walk might’ve been a bit difficult to capture on radio, Bert (the producer) kindly allowed me to record the service in the studio – just me, a reader for the Bible passages (she was really good) and a pile of CDs!
I have to say it was all quite good fun, setting up in a little studio with microphone and headphones, getting my 10-second warning and waiting for the green light to cue me in. Since it was a pre-recording, there was the option to start a sentence again if I fluffed a line or said something stupid – which would be a nice feature to have in real life… I used the option twice, rats! I was hoping to be a one-take wonder!
I managed to squeeze in some music from John Yoder, an extremely talented friend who was an intern worship-leader back in my Holywood days; I always thought his music was worthy of a wider audience! There’s also a few tracks from the brilliant local band Rend Collective Experiment, and a couple of snatches of movie soundtrack to set the scene (Bert disowned any responsibility for grannies who may have a heart attack when the first piece crashes in!)
And did I manage to shoehorn in any references to the Titanic Quarter or a plug for The Dock, you ask? Well what do you think?!
It’s due to be broadcast this Sunday (12th Dec) on BBC Radio Ulster at 10:15am.