When you get your 'dream job' you never think of the sh*t bits of it. I won't list them here, but I do list them to my dad regularly. And that is incredibly helpful. He has become so much more than the bloke I went down the park to play cricket with as a kid. He has become my closest confidant. He knows everything. 've told him everything. Whether it be a relationship that I've messed up, someone I'm jealous of, a bad show I've done, a person I've accidentally killed... (just checking you're still paying attention)... I tell him everything is my point. And that is a wonderful feeling. And I'd be lost without it.
In the run up to Christmas we will see more questions asked of the BBC and there will be plenty more speculation about the future broadcasting landscape of the UK. However, one thing is certain this year - radio remains vital in people's lives. Radio showed everyone that it is still the place in the media that is busy with innovation, has famous names people want to talk about and stations that millions of listeners are passionate about.
I am so, so happy that my idea was heard and is now actually going to happen. Lots of young people have great ideas but they think that no one will have the time to listen to them, or won't bother to actually carry them out. So I hope this can be an example to inspire other people that anything is possible. If you have an idea, keep pushing because one day, someone will listen!
Looking at today's Rajar figures is like a publisher only looking at the book sales from a high street bookshop, rather than taking into account how they are doing on Amazon. Or nearer to home, a singer who only looks at CD sales, rather than taking into account digital downloads, streaming and ticket sales. Young people still love music, young people still love hearing about what is important in their lives and young people still love Radio 1 - they are just consuming it in different ways. Radio 1 is the biggest radio station in the world on YouTube.
Sixty-three per cent of Radio 1 listeners over the age of 30 claim to be parents, so there will be a lot of shared listening with teenagers - as any frazzled parent will testify to keeping their offspring happy in the car or kitchen by putting their station of choice on. That issue of shared consumption really messes with judging the success of your brand by average age, just look at the average age of a CBeebies viewer who is 27 years old. So, if you are looking for a better way of assessing whether Radio 1 is successful at attracting 15-29yr olds, maybe you should look at mode, the most common age of a listener, which is 17 years old.
During a packed day of filming I realised that I've come down with a serious affliction: I'm a 'liker'. Likers are people who use the word 'like' in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with a comparison or expressing a fondness for something. I had that Matrix moment of self-awareness when I heard myself saying the words, "I was like, you can't do that."