Studio Secrets Exposed

The secrets of the sound-room – including how to make the rustling of disregarded cassette tapes sound more like the sea than the sea itself – were laid bare when Birmingham Press Club members visited the studios at BBC Birmingham.

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Tour guides John Wiley and Emma O’Brien delivered a fascinating insight into preparations for recording The Archers – the world’s oldest-running radio soap – and took guests on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Midlands Today and BBC WM studios.

For Press Club president Bob Warman and club chairman Llewela Bailey – who for many years co-hosted ITV Central News - there was a “deja vu” moment as they were “re-united” on the sofa; albeit the one normally occupied by either Mary Rhodes or Nick Owen on Midlands Today!

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Thanks to the delights of broadcasting technology, guests were also able to pose, Shefali Oza-style, as on-screen weather presenters  - and enjoyed a headphones moment behind the microphones of BBC WM, as well as experiencing an interactive exhibition in the BBC Blue Room.

Photography: Adrian Kibbler