Michael McEwan

Freelance Journalist and Presenter

 

I have created this site as an interactive CV for my career to date and my future projects ,if you are interested in my work, and I can support your organisation, please Contact Me via box on left of this page,

 

 

 

 I am also on Linkedin @ uk.linkedin.com/pub/michael-mcewan/84/a87/ba4

  

 East Renfrewshire Disability Action ( ERDA) - Chairman for Term 2014/15 

 

 ERDA aims to achieve equality for people with disabilities in and around East  Renfrewshire. 

 We aim to provide Advocacy - Inclusion - Accessible Information - Raise  Awareness - Supporting  People - Campaigning and Lobbying. We welcome new  members , whether disabled or able bodied,  to further these aims. More details  can be found via our website - www.erda.org.uk

   

  Able Radio ? Scottish Correspondent and Presenter  - From October 2010

  

I am Scotland?s only DJ for Welsh Based Disablity online station, Able Radio. I provide regular reports about disability issues in Scotland for their current affairs programme, these can be found under Blog tab above

I host my own show, which airs every Sunday evening from 5-6pm. As the first live station of it?s kind, their remit is to present shows and discuss issues at the heart of the disability community.

 

 Employment Champion -Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability -  

December 2009 -July 2013

 

As part of my role I travelled to different organisations around Scotland , large groups and conferences to give a presentation about my journey into employment , as a rare insight into the barriers faced by those with a disability on their journey into employment. I have also developed and produced SCLD's monthly online podcast, regularly interviewing local council and industry spokespeople,  in order to further highlight the issues facing  employment for people with  learning disabilities. 

I am no longer carrying out this role for SCLD , I continue to present on a freelance basis .

 

Columnist , Learning Disability Today magazine - from July 2011 

 

I write a monthly column for one of the most prominent UK magazines in the learning disability sector. My articles cover a  broad range of contemporary issues  in society - from gaining employment  ,to dating , and representation of disability rights. 

 My articles can be found, regularly updated, under Photos section

 

Co-Founder - Saltire Sounds - from March 2011  

 

We created Saltire Sounds as an online based promotions agency for unsigned artists to have a platform to showcase their music and get live gigs. In July 2011 we provided a stage at Tall Ships Greenock for 16 unsigned acts to play alongside signed acts such as Deacon Blue and Lulu. In October that same year we provided 17 acts for a children's charity fundraiser, Savifest , in Glasgow Barrowlands.  

 

Organiser , Disability Football Events  - Barrhead 

 As part of a small team, I run a weekly five a side event for people with a disability to take part and the aim is to create a local disability team in future to play in regional and national disability football leagues. We are now affiliated with Giffnock Soccer Centre to widen our scope to East Renfrewshire region. 

 

 Workforce Solutions - DVD in conjuction with SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL -

 

I played one of the lead roles in an educational DVD as a resource to employers to support disability issues in the community 

 

 Comedy Cafe- Radio Scotland ? Disability in Media 01/06/12

 

I was part of discussion panel about the portrayal and representation of the disability community in the media , presented by Janice Forsyth 

 

Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover  - Producer / Presenter 

 

In 2009 I spent 9 months making a short film  in partnership with Project Ability , a Glasgow based Visual Arts organisation. My film has achieved high critical acclaim,  and was short as part  of the Disability Film Festival  in the Glasgow Film Theatre . I was also nominated for UK based  ?Flash Forward ' award in 2010,  and was successful in reaching final 3. 

 

Producer /Presenter , Short Film for  East Renfrewshire Council

 I worked on a  short film in 2013 ,commisioned by East Renfrewshire Council, on how they work to support people with learning disabilities to gain employment. 

 

Stage Actor  - QFusion Company  : I Saw Something Else - August 2012

 

 I performed in a stage play about an issue which is often hidden among people  with learning disabilities  ? sexual abuse .  The production was made up of seven actors with learning disabilities, and two professional actors from the QFusion theatre company . We came up with the subject for the play and it's script ourselves within a week , which Colin Healy ,founder of  QFusion Company and Events,helped us to write. 

We toured with the play to a range of organisations in Scotland , and was also available for use as a workshop or as part of training course. 

Our new plays are about Hate Crime against people with a disability , and also issues surrounding self directed support , we toured up to September 2013 and planning more shows in near future. 

 

Co Host , Pulse FM -  June 2009 TO November 2010

 

I hosted 2 different programmes at East Renfrewshire based community radio station, Pulse FM - Saturday afternoon live from 3pm to 5pm for a few months, and then I moved to co-presenting their breakfast show from 7:30am to 10am Monday to Friday. The Saturday programme was a music and chat show , where I selected the tracks and ran the mixing desk . The Breakfast Show was very upbeat with music , chat , involved reading the news on the hour , and doing travel updates every 20 minutes.

 

 Presenter  , Sunny G Radio , Govan -August 2004 to September 2005

 

This was the first of my own radio shows. I hosted an hour long music and chat show every Monday, an internet station at that time ( it is FM station). I was responsible for selecting the music , presenting the show, ran the mixing desk,fading in and out the music , with a live news opt in at the top of the hour. 

 

Co Presenter  , FPR Radio August 2001 to July 2004

 

I co presented a 3 hour Live music and chat programme Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm, for Ferguslie Park's Radio , a local  RSL station. The programme also had interviews with guests in the studio and down the line, phone in requests , competitions and prize giveaways.

I interviewed celebrities , susch as Karen Dunbar, The McDonald Brothers, the Late Kerry McGregor, Paul Coia and dance act, Tippi. 

 

Co presenter and producer  , Hospital Radio -  January 2001 to December 2009

 

I worked for Hospital Radio one night a week for 8 years . I started out going around the wards asking for requests and name checks . Then I moved on to producing the sports news. They has two studios where I did training in how to use a mixing desk ,  presentation and microphone skills.

I've got a passion for radio and music , I've always been into it since I was a wee boy,  so working at Hospital Radio was a great opportunity . It gave me my first insight into what it's like to be  on the radio and the chance to start developing radio skills and technique. 

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING  -  Based at Motherwell College 

 

 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Administration  - May 2004

Television : Basic Single Camera Operation on Location  - Higher  - March 2003