Taking to the airwaves

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As rugby players you will be more than familiar with being in front of a microphone conducting interviews for television and radio, but have you ever considered what life behind the microphone would be like?

Well current London Irish players Topsy Ojo, Jebb Sinclair, Tomas O’Leary and former Exile Ian Gough were recently given the opportunity to do just that. The Exiles quartet were invited to spend the day at talkSPORT to experience what life behind the scenes in the media is like.

The visit was set up by RPA Rugby Director Richard Bryan and was part of The RPA Player Development Programme (PDP). The programme aims to individually assist players in their personal and professional development and provides them with skills for a smooth transition into life after rugby.

The players were given a tour of the studios and attended a number of workshops covering all aspects of the work talkSPORT does. It would be easy to assume that they are just a radio station, but this is not the case, the players heard from the stations Head of Business Development, Dan Dawson, Head of Live Sport Mike Bovill, attended a production workshop with Executive Producer Laurie Palacio, were given a presentation by Sport Magazine publisher Simon Caney and had an introduction to the digital department from Website Editor Craig Bloomfield.

One of the highlights of the day was when the boys were given the chance to drop into the Colin Murray show, who was joined by ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy and former Great Britain decathlete Daley Thompson. Former Exiles second row, Ian Gough, said: “It was a fantastic day and gave us all a really in-depth insight into the work of the media. I have to say it was a joy to meet the legend that is Daley Thompson, he even let me play ‘Daley Thompson’s Decathlon’ on his iPad during lunch.