Nick Pandolfi, Voiceover and Presenter
So, started working professionally aged 11, I attended Corona Stage School in Ravenscourt Park, London. My very first professional job was for the Filet-O-Fish® not quite the RSC – that came later.
That started the routine of schoolwork in the morning, auditions and a mixture of ballet, drama training and so on, this was at Corona, not really a school, more of a greenhouse with kids from all sorts of backgrounds with dreams of the big time or a few episodes of Emmerdale. - or Emu's World if all else failed. It was fee-paying, uniforms from DH Evans on Oxford Street and loads of leg warmers. The school was responsible for the careers of people you never knew and a few you may know quite well. It’s the 1980’s both Maggie Thatcher and Danger Mouse were on TV. The IRA was active, Toffee Crisps were still full size and we Corona types terrorized the District line with song, dance and crumbs of Toffee Crisp.
I was lucky, I worked a lot, there were countless period dramas, West End stage work and months spent growing up in and around BBC TV Centre. Equity card in the pocket, I jumped around Pinewood Studios and popped up in that, the other and a few Oscar and non-Oscar winning Films.
My grounding at home and the style of education in an industry where failure is expected has served me well, I’m now superb at failure.
Those early days of work continue to reap benefits, people think they remember you as being thingy in that TV show - but I said 'reap benefits' knowing you can adapt, not being scared to try something new and understanding the business of work + if I ever get stuck in a lift, I can entertain/bore my fellow occupant with tales of working at TV Centre and ask if they saw me in Gandhi or the Filet-O-Fish® adverts.
From child actor to adult, the work kept coming but grumpy sounding sorts would say have a plan B….or the gates of hell will open.
Plan B never materialized, but a regular income from radio did… radio is where you basically go in, talk, read a clock, mention travel a lot, play Take That and they pay you! Some people make it sound far harder, I think it's the clock and the travel that stump them. It really isn't hard work saying 'hello .. you are listening to….
Listeners seemed to enjoy me saying ‘hello. You are listening to…and I was asked to stay, then asked to leave, several times and often no leaving card but then someone asked me to go and say hello to another listener. I even won some radio awards - I thank Take That and the clock manufacturers.
2020/21, I’m working on network radio in the UK helping to make documentaries on music and the arts and I pop up talking about all things in the UK. across talk stations in the US and New Zealand.
The Launch of Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited. September 2019
Radio Talk: Documentary making has been a huge part of Nick' radio life and he continues to work in this area for freelance producers across the BBC network. Capturing audio and the people that make the very best radio storytellers.
When I was presenting the Breakfast Show (3.40 am alarm calls, a short drive and playing Bruno Mars - it was never high art) on the now-defunct Town 102 FM,
I had the idea of an irate caller joining me (local radio has many of these) and making us laugh. I may have wanted to make a greater point that radio has too many people talking crap down the phone - (have you heard 5Live) anyhow, we had the anniversary of the great storm of 87 or was it 86? and from that came Brian and his fuming ways of Melton.
A true local radio phone-in...
"25 years on, can you remember the Great Storm - "
"Is wind worse than it was in the good old days of wind "
Have you lost a fence panel or relative" - "maybe both"
"call now" "please call" into a nice song from Katrina and The Waves.
Brian from Melton filled the bill! The original 2012 audio has been played more than 27 times! (nearer 2 million) Hear the original audio cuts above. audio is copyrighted.