Michael McEwan

Freelance Journalist , Public Speaker and Presenter

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


 East Renfrewshire Disability Action ( ERDA) - Chairman for Term 2014/16 


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. 


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 disabilities. 


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


Columnist , Learning Disability Today and Posability - July 2011 – Current  


I 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.

Co-Founder - Saltire Sounds - March 2011- Current  

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.   
 

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