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Presenter Academy – Kiss FM UK

Between March and April I was featured on Kiss FM UK’s website, videos and social networks.

This was part of the Kiss Chosen One 2012 competition and my place as a finalist.

When I auditioned at Lakeside Shopping Centre I was included in the highlights video…

Then an announcement was made on their now-expired site that stated I was the second person to successfully go through to the Presenter Academy. I received the tweet seconds before Rickie, Melvin and Charlie called me live on the Breakfast Show.

As part of the 25 finalists I was also included in the Presenter Academy video…

Kiss Chosen One 2012

In 2012 I entered the Kiss Chosen One competition.

I auditioned at Lakeside Shopping Centre, was passed by the producers in the first round and was put through to the second round where I was judged by Kiss boss Andy Roberts and breakfast host Charlie Hedges.

On the following Tuesday I was then called as the second person to go through to the Kiss Academy. There the 25 Finalists recorded links, co-hosted and interviewed presenters. The experience taught me a lot and although I didn’t win, I was then noticed by Westside Radio and managed to get my own show there.

Here is the demo from the Kiss Academy:

FAME TV: Alyssa Reid Interview

Throughout my time at FAME as Editor, I also presented on FAME TV.

Here I interviewed Alyssa Reid, singer of ‘Alone Again’ – a track that peaked at number two in the UK chart and went double platinum in Canada.

She talked to myself and Kerim Ozerek about her single, her Justin Beiber cover, cat fashion, her desire to be owned by Lady Gaga and her home country Canada which she shares with Michael Buble and Drake.

FAME Entertainment

The talent and lifestyle magazine that was distributed across colleges, universities, train stations, shopping centres and cinemas across Hertfordshire is no longer published. Furthermore is no longer active.

FAME was founded by Deji Osobukola with the intention to showcase the talent featured in the magazine and the talent behind the magazine. It would include some of the most promising talent within the areas of Fashion, Arts, Media & Entrepreneurship and would also include advice from some of the most successful individuals within these industries, including Terry Mansfield CBE, former CEO of The National Magazine Company who also mentored the publication.

However on 10th April 2012, Deji – a beloved friend and mentor to many of the FAME team – tragically passed away from a brain aneurysm. For numerous reasons this lead to the closure of FAME.

His legacy will continue through the success of all those FAME helped during the three years it was running and as a memorial to the talent behind the talent magazine Deji has been featured on the cover of the final issue of FAME – an issue he helped to create.

Many thanks to all those that were involved with FAME. From the team behind its creation and the senior industry leaders featured, to those that continued to read it’s articles in print and online and supported the dream.

“Keep chasing your dreams and don’t let anything or anyone stop you” – Deji Osobukola

BBC Three Counties Radio

In my time as Editor of FAME I was also given the chance to feature on BBC Three Counties Radio’s ‘Introducing…’ programme through a partnership we had established.

This involved bringing musical talents that featured in the magazine on to the show, talking about FAME and getting to know the station presenters and producers.

Here is when Black Biscuit featured:

Here is when Ashleyi featured (8mins)…

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