I’ve 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 drop down menu above
Skype ID : michael.media32
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.
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) - Contributor to IRISS FM - July 2013 - Present
I arrange interviews with different organisations and individuals within Disability and Mental Health Sectors, these form regular
PODcasts on IRISS FM.
Able Radio-Scottish Presenter -Oct 2010 - January 2016
I was only Scottish based DJ for online based Disability Radio Station , Able Radio.
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.
I provide regular reports about Scots' disability issues for their current affairs programmes - see Able Media Tab. I hosted my own show, which aired every Thursday evening from 7-8pm.
Employment Champion -Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability - December 2009 -July 2013
As part of my role I travelled to different organisations around Scotland, to large groups and conferences presenting
My Journey - a rare insight into the barriers faced by those with a disability on their journey into employment.
I 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
I am no longer carrying out this role for SCLD , but continue to present on a freelance basis.
write a monthly column for two of the most prominent UK magazines in Disability sector. My
articles cover a broad range of contemporary issues in society -
from gaining employment ,to dating , and representation of disability
rights. See Articles Tab.
Workforce Solutions - DVD in conjuction with Scottish Social Services Council –
I played one of the lead roles in an educational DVD, a resource to employers who support disability issues in the community
Comedy Cafe- Radio Scotland - Disability in Media - 1st June, 2012
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 shown as part of the Disability Film Festival in the Glasgow Film Theatre .
I was also nominated , and reached final 3 , for UK Based Flash Forward award in 2010.
Producer /Presenter , Short Film for East Renfrewshire Council - 2013
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. Other plays were 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 - 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 -Aug 2004 - Sept 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