FOMO

I am currently working on a new series called Fear of Missing Out, about British history we wish we learnt at school. 

Fear of Missing Out is an accessible, in depth look at the UK’s colonial, religious and political history, through the eyes of those it impacts the most. In each episode, a 16-24 year old presenter embarks on a journey through a part of British history that they have to learn for themselves. A list of episodes:

Atlanta
16 year old Atlanta spent the first few years of her life living in Uganda, where her mum is from, then they both moved to Glasgow when Atlanta was 4. Atlanta thinks a lot about the legacy of the British Empire, and how it affects both places she’s called home. Atlanta asks: Is it possible to know the truth of what happened in the past, or is history different, depending on who’s telling the story?

Felix
Felix is a 20 year old playwright, poet and performer from Liverpool. He came out as trans when he was 14 and, in his words, it has got harder to be a young trans person in the public eye, not easier. Felix wants to look at the history of media representation of queer people in the UK.

Beth
Beth is 16 and goes to a Catholic secondary school in Belfast. She knows that the history she’s taught is different to that taught in the Protestant secondary school down the street. Beth wants to look into the history of education segregated by religion in Northern Ireland.

India
India is a 20 year old activist and advocate from Bath who specialises in anti-racism and campaigning against sexual violence. Sometimes India feels like she’s making it up as she goes along when it comes to activism, so India wants to look at the history of activism in Britain, and see what they can learn from it.

Tom + Mikaela
Dundee-based Tom and Mikaela are 20 and 21, meaning they were too young to vote in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. With it looking likely that Nicola Sturgeon will announce another referendum on independence in 2023, Tom and Mikaela look back at Scotland’s recent history of democratic engagement by speaking to people involved in the 1979, 1997 and 2014 referendums.

Halima
After the wave of BLM protests in summer 2020, Hertfordshire-based 21 year old Halima found many resources that looked at the history of institutional racism in the police in the USA, but struggled to find much that looked at British police. Halima wants to look at the history of the police’s relationship to black communities in the UK.


FOMO is Audio Content Fund supported, and will be broadcast in September 2022 on a network of 18 Community Radio Stations across the UK, and on its own podcast stream.

I am very lucky to be working with an incredible production team. Anton Ferrie and Hanna Adan are the Assistant Producers, and Steve Urquhart is the Executive Producer.

If you are interested to know more, I’m always up for a chat! Get in touch at audiofomo [at] gmail [dot] com.

List of stations:
3TFM – Saltcoats
Awaz FM – Glasgow
Castlesound Radio – Stirling
KCC Live – Liverpool
Liverpool Community Radio
Radio Northumberland 
Redroad FM – Rotherham
Resonance FM – London
Revolution Radio – Northampton
Rhubarb Radio – Wakefield
Sheffield Live! 
Sonder Radio – Manchester
Sunny Govan Radio – Glasgow
Smart Radio – Great Yarmouth
Soundart Radio – Totnes
Steel FM – North Lincolnshire
Switch Radio – Birmingham
Tempo 107.4FM – Wetherby