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Leaving Blog – Blog #20

Leaving Blog – Blog #20

KCAIt is with a heavy heart that I step down from my role as Sports Editor and withdraw my commitments to Wandsworth Radio. Over the past two and a half years, I have managed to grow into a more confident and extrovert young adult which is something that personally, is a huge achievement.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the station and am certain that I will not be a complete stranger. From the 13-year-old who nervously emailed via a Twitter ad I came across to the 16-year-old leader of the team I have become, I have embarked on a journey which I feel has completely changed me for the better and I am eternally grateful to everyone involved in my journey at the station for making it a positive one.

I choose to leave Wandsworth Radio at this time because I feel it is the perfect time. Just a few days ago I received an email from a volunteer requesting to be a part of the Sports Team, because they ‘loved the set-up’, and it is with things like that being said that I can leave the station knowing full well I have done everything I set out to achieve.

My awkward looking legs on the Big Stage at GAWF 2015.

My awkward looking legs on the Big Stage at GAWF 2015.

It is the right time because of the Sports Team’s position and the Station’s position in general at present. The chance to potentially move on to a different medium (which may not just be online radio anymore!), the fact that the Sports Team is fast becoming one of the biggest and most organised on the station with over 10 volunteers now (it was just three of us when I took over!), hosting events and recording live commentaries, and a potential relationship with local businesses on the cards: everything is going in the right direction and now I feel is the perfect time to leave everything in the trusted hands of our new Sports Editor Harry Fell. Harry’s commitment and dedication to me and the team was one of the

Steve Zetter and Harry Fell

Steve Zetter and Harry Fell

various reasons why we came to an agreement that he was the ideal man to take over. He is not alone however in decision making and reporting – Steve Zetter, who has been my right hand man – continues in his role as Deputy Sports Editor (for when Harry needs a break!) and Chris Reidy, our new Assistant Sports Editor who is the third in charge of the team and is our Chief Football Editor. These three are an actual dream team and I could not have done my job without them.

So it is on to the thank-yous, which are compulsory in circumstances like this. As aforementioned, Steve Zetter has my eternal gratitude: he is exactly the character and person you need when you are in a leadership and management role such as this and it was great working with him. He may be knocking on the big 6-0 but he still has a good 30 years left in him on this team I’m sure!

My thanks also to everyone who has worked on Sports with me: Imogen Robinson, Olivia Buzaglo, Natan Acosta, Nigel Wallace, Lewis Reece, Andrew Pink, Lisa Hall, Chris Reidy, Harry Fell, Keilon Rochford-Hawkins, Adam Jones, Rob Payling, Bob Nicholson, and of course Martin Harris, without whom I would not have had the leadership skills or motivation to take over the team.

Martin (right) and Kai on their final show together.

Martin (right) and Kai on their final show together.

I did not come in to this role as a confident person and found it quite hard to talk to older people, actually, so being the youngest was quite daunting! Yet I found a special trio who were the most wonderful people to have met on this station in Rob Wong, Chris Pearson and Alex Mehra. These three people are potentially the most amazing bunch that can fit all onto one show and certainly know how to raise even the lowest of moods. Thank you.

To Catherine Lund, for being a wonderful newsreader to make your Sunday mornings a pleasure when you come in for a show! Others too, Sam, Daria, Craig, Chet: the list could go on!

In fairness, most people here have made an impact on me but there are three more very important people to thank and round off on. Firstly, Matt Tunstill has been absolutely brilliant. Despite being swamped with his own business, I speak on behalf of the entire station in saying thank you to someone who has made a tremendous effort to make this station his priority despite everything he does on a daily basis – including his introduction to fatherhood!

IMG_20160115_233329Also to Keith Flynn – an absolute star who knows exactly what to say and do to bring a laugh to my face even when I’m full of stress and panic and everything in between! Keith may not be on the air but if you haven’t met him put it on your bucket list!
Finally, and of course most unforgettably, to Jason Rosam. Many a-Wandsworth Radio presenter has made the general claim “He doesn’t reply to my emails!” without the consideration that, whilst running a radio station (for FREE), he also has his own career. An idol in the radio world, Jason is the person I credit with the start of a hopefully successful career. When no-one else gave me a chance in journalism or radio, he did, and I hope has not regretted it! Sometimes words are not enough and I am unsure how else to thank him for everything.

With that, I pass it on to Harry and will retain my contact, and am sure that this is not the last time I write or speak on the airwaves.

 

Wishing everyone at the station the best of luck from September onwards,

 

Kai Chappell

 

August 30th, 2016

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