Interview – Rob Minshull

Radio Producer – Rob Minshull

What do you consider the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?

a) To let local people tell their stories. The privilege of being allowed into people’s homes every weekend, being an intimate part of listeners’ lives.

b) Finding the time to tell all the stories as well as we’d like to.  Working an incredibly long six-hour shift on air on a weekend when almost everyone else is enjoying a day off!

 

If people were considering becoming a radio producer what advice would you give them?

See the story in everything and everyone. Be interested in life and lives around you.

 

What qualifications or experience is required to become a radio producer?

The ability to listen and persuade people to talk. Able to multitask and write in clear, precise and interesting language; to be able to paint a picture with words.  Important to be up-to-date with new and emerging technology.

 

What path did you take to become a radio producer?

Cadet reporter on local newspaper, radio news broadcast journalist, newspaper reporter in South America, foreign correspondent for BBC radio, SBS Radio manager, ABC Radio manager … and then a parent!

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Police officer

 

Were there any other careers you considered pursuing when you left school?

Police, politics, civil servant in foreign affairs.

 

Is this your first career? Can you see yourself remaining in this line of work forever?

More-or-less always in radio after starting out in political advisory work.  In the 21st century, I’m not sure any of us have the right or desire to continue in one line of work forever!

 

What are your standard hours?

Normal office hours during weekdays and 5am-1pm on weekends.

 

Is there anything you can tell us about your job that people wouldn’t expect?

It isn’t well-paid!