My YouTube Clip of the week. AMAZING cover of #Pharrell #Happy @LaurenPlatt7

Hello again 🙂

Saturdays mean… another posting of My YouTube clip of the week. Now I’m a little behind in the X Factor UK world… I’m still catching up on season 11 (which has already ended with the amazing Ben taking the title). However… I can watch THIS performance over and over again. One of my favourite performers and performances of the season, I would like to introduce you to Ms. Lauren Platt.

Lauren Platt

Lauren Platt (born 7 October 1997) was a student from Essex.[24] In 2010, she auditioned for the role of Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, but lost out to Brittany Papple.[25] She has stated that her dream duet would be Beyoncé.[1]

Platt was the youngest solo contestant in the competition.[26] With the eliminations of Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine in week two and Lola Saunders in week four, Platt was Fernandez-Versini’s last remaining act in the competition. In week 8, Platt was in the bottom two with Stereo Kicks but was saved by the public vote after the result went to deadlock.[27] However in week 9, she was in the bottom two with Andrea Faustini and was eliminated after only Fernandez-Versini voted to save her, finishing in fourth place and becoming the last of her acts to leave the competition.[10]

This video, published in Oct 2014 has had over 1,870,000 views (when publishing this post). I think it is soulful and beautiful and age appropriate and just flipping kiff. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Follow Lauren on twitter here.

If you have a video you would like me to share with the listeners of Heart 104.9FM please email me the link: keri@1049.fm

 

 

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My Clip of the week… is Justin Timberlake doing Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ dance. #snl

Every Saturday I put up a video that has amused me in some way. August, being women’s month, I have stuck to ‘lady’ related videos. And today is no different… kind of.
If you have never heard of SNL (Saturday Night Live), it is a comedy skit show based in the states and comes up with some real gems, like this one.
This is a parody of Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance, featuring B herself, alongside Andy Samberg (Brooklyn nine-nine, and The Lonely Island) as well as Justin Timberlake… dressed in tights, leotards and black heels! It is great. hahaha. Enjoy

If you have come across some excellent videos online, and would like to share them with us, please email the link to keri@1049.fm

 

What if the people who did the voice overs for our ads, sounded like that in everyday life? Flipping Funny.

When I was at University, in Durban, I was introduced to an animated series called ‘MONKEY DUST‘. It is pretty ‘dark’ but, my shit, it is FUNNY. You really can’t comprehend it’s intensity until you’ve watched more than a few episodes, but I really wanted to share this one scene with you.

You don’t have to have a background in drama or radio to know a good or bad voice over when you hear one, there is the soft and medium sell and then the hard sell which comes across like “THAT. MAN. WHO. SOUNDS. LIKE. EVERYTHING. IS. JUST. THE. BEST. THING. EVER.”

I remember seeing this scene for the first time and thinking how amazing it would be if all those voice over men and women spoke like they do in ads, in everyday life… myself included! 🙂

So, here it is. An average day for the ‘voiceover guy’. In this scene he goes for an audition. haha.

Enjoy 🙂

Getting To Know A Little More About Keri Miller

RADIO PRESENTER: Keri Miller

see the original blog here: http://shebuiltthiscity.com/

Durbanite Keri Miller burst onto the radio scene on KFM’s Ground Patrol just over 3 years ago. From there she joined Lee Downs for Cape Town’s biggest commercial radio traffic show: KFM 94.5′s Drive. Currently she hosts her own weekend shows on KFM where she keeps you company on the weekend’s mornings. But how did this Durbanite ex-isiZulu teacher infiltrate the Cape radio scene and make such a positive impact? Here’s how:

SBTC: What is a Drive Show Co-Host and Traffic Reporter? 

KM: Well a co-host is exactly that, the side kick… Batman’s robin… I get to do the fun stuff while Lee has the admin. I have a traffic compiler who gets all the info from the traffic police and our SMS line and that’s how I know what’s happening on the roads. I have recently moved to the weekends to do my own show.

SBTC: What does co-hosting a radio show entail?

KM: Basically I would arrive at work and get my game on. ;) Lee preps me on the stories that he wants to focus on for the day. I am there to have a different opinion and be another voice really. There are listeners who side with his theories completely, and others who see things from my point of view. I think that works really well because we can represent a much larger audience. Other than that, I make coffee and Google cool YouTube videos ;)

SBTC: Do you genuinely disagree or do you find an opposing opinion to make radio more “interesting”?

KM: Good question – I have definitely done both, especially when I was with Lee. We tried to cover both sides of the story and if we were on the same side, then yes, I would try and give a different perspective.

SBTC: Does studying prepare you for on-air radio or do you learn everything on the job?

KM: I learned everything I know by being on air. You can learn to run a desk or to compile content but you learn everything on the job.

SBTC: Where do you come from? Did your background influence your passion for radio?

KM: I’m from Durban, KZN. I always had a love for radio. While my friends were playing mom to their dolls, I was doing radio shows for mine.  I did my work experience in Std 9 at East Coast Radio in Durban, then went on to study linguistics and drama at UKZN. I was on the lunch show at Red Cap Radio for 4 years before moving to Cape Town and joining the rad team at 94.5KFM.

SBTC: Have you ever had a listener say they don’t like you? If so, how did you handle this?

KM: Hahahahahaha definitely! You can’t have all 1.2 million people love you. So when a listener does message to tell me they don’t quite care for me, I thank them for being honest, apologise for annoying them and then ask if they have any constructive criticism. 9/10 times they feel bad for being so rude and add me on Facebook :)

SBTC: You’ve also spent a bit of time script writing and acting, is radio about acting?

KM: You can make it more like acting if you want to, for example, you can create a persona at your will. I, however, am just myself on air and I think that is why radio works, you get to be a real person.

SBTC: Do you still find time to act or write?

KM: I didn’t when I was on air with Lee daily but now that I have moved to the weekends I have a lot more time during the week to do more creative things.

SBTC: How does retail radio differ from commercial radio and which one do you prefer?

KM: Tough one. It’s freedom vs platform. I loved how free redcap radio was, I loved the choice I was given, however, you can’t compare retail to FM. If you want to make radio a career you need to be on a commercial station. Either way, radio is super fun.

SBTC: Do you prefer hosting your own show or co-hosting?

KM: I’m currently hosting Saturday mornings and Sunday night shows and there is something incredible about hosting your own show. But there is also something magical about finding that on air spark with someone resulting in creating a shit hot show! I would do both if I could, if there were more hours in a day.

SBTC: How do you prepare for your solo shows opposed to feeding off another presenter?

KM: Preparation is the same for both. It is about keeping up to date with current affairs and what is trending at the moment. The trick is trying to figure out how to incorporate your listeners into your conversations.

SBTC: You love MCing, what tools are needed to MC? 

KM: Live MCing and radio are actually really different. A lot of people who are very comfortable behind a mic are very uncomfortable in front of large groups of people. I LOVE MCing as I’m very comfortable on stage or on camera. The key is to just chat. Keep it natural, it makes the crowd more relaxed and that is why we are here :)

SBTC: What DON’T people know about radio?

KM: We have a license to play certain types of music. A station doesn’t cut out genres because they don’t ‘like’ them, it’s because we have a license to only play certain things. Just like a car license, you can’t drive an 18 wheeler truck on a code 8. And we are not involved in choosing the music on air, we’re given a set playlist.

SBTC: You also produced the Top 40 show for Mark Pilgrim, what does producing entail?

KM: Because the Top 40 is run across Jozi and the Western Cape, it means that we are running 2 studios with only one presenter. So while Mark was broadcasting from Jozi I would be running things from the Cape Town studio.

SBTC: What’s the secret to getting your foot in the radio door?

KM: Right time at the right place, really. I know that doesn’t sound promising, but there are so few radio slots and so many talented presenters. It is a mix of hard work, fortune and perseverance.

SBTC: Is a co-hosting a viable income or do you have a second job?

KM: Yes it is especially if you are on every day but you are only working 3-4 hours a day so there is definitely time for you to get a second job. Remembering though that there are lots of station activations that need you so you can’t do anything too serious. I took up a second part-time job at One80 training, a personal fitness gym on Loop street, as a kettle bell instructor.

SBTC: What’s your ultimate work goal?

KM: To up my profile, do more MC work, keep focused on my show and NEVER be a diva.

SBTC: What’s the best advice you were ever given that encouraged you?

KM: Be happy where you are. Positivity can’t come to you if you are negative. Be thankful for everything you have even though you are pushing for more.

Catch Keri on air on KFM on Saturday mornings from 5am as well as Sunday evenings at 9pm. Alternatively, follow her online either on Twitter or Facebook or read her blog on WordPress! And if you’re in the need to get beach ready for this summer, she’s available to help you train on One80Training.

thanks so much to Meg Shout for the interview. https://twitter.com/SheBuiltThis

People, specifically women, who drive really close to the steering wheel freak me out!

I swear they all look like this

We know what people (men) say about women drivers, and as a woman, who drives, I’ve spent many days and laps around the block convincing the men around me that I am, a phenomenal driver. True story.

But I have come to realise something quite interesting… astonishing if you will.

There is a direct parallel between the quality of driver and the distance between the driver’s seat and the steering wheel.

If I get into your driver’s seat, for example, and have to move the seat back a meter, I’m going to, and probably correctly, presume that you are a terrible driver.

I am more than willing to be proved wrong, but hear me out…

When your hands are concretely placed at ’10 and 2′ and your seat is so close to the steering wheel that your boobage is touching the steering wheel, there is this weird tension that develops in your shoulders. It’s uncomfortable to look at, and I’m pretty sure even more uncomfortable to drive like that.

This tension very quickly develops into the inability to check blind spots, parallel park or find the smallest trace of clutch control. It’s this tension that makes said driver feel it is only safe to leave a stop street if there is a kilometer space between cars, yet the same driver will experience the need to ‘gap it’ on a freeway and squeeze between two NOS enhanced cars, only to slow down to 60km/hr, in the fastlane.

It’s frustrating to drive behind you.
Annoying to drive next to you.
And effing frightening to be in the car with you.

So, to you ’10 and 2′ women reading this, on your blackberry while driving, inserting a new destination onto you GPS, changing CDs and putting on lipstick, simultaneously. I say this to you…

I have an oven, and a kitchen… but I am not about to call myself a chef.
Yes, you have a car, and flip knows how, but a license… please, you’re not a driver. And for the love of the N1 to Cape Town, please try out the public transport, or, at least move your seat back. It’s amazing how the perspective of the road changes when you aren’t sitting ON your dashboard.

And if you think this doesn’t pertain to you, because no one has ever complained about YOUR driving… THIS is what MY male friend has just said:

“she’s a terrible driver but I don’t say anything. I want to ride her, just not WITH her.”

don’t become a statistic.
move your seat back.

this message was brought to you by Keri Miller “because Kez really cares about you!”