'Your Sound Education'

During his first year at Oxford, while Theo was working with Cherwell, he started his first radio podcast series. titled The First Count.


As a BBC Broadcast Journalist myself I know what it takes to do a good interview and I can safely say Theo has a bright future ahead in broadcasting if he wants one!

Sarah Morris, BBC London

The series included interviews with figures such as political advisor, The Lord Wood of Anfield; social scientist and psephologist, Sir David Butler; and Lord Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister (which can be watched below).

The series was broadcast on a defunct Oxide Radio website, Oxford's student radio station. It was inactive for a significant period of time. 

However, Theo's efforts and ability caught the eye of the Student Union at the University, who believed that a student radio station could, after all, succeed.

Theo left the cushy positions in Oxford's newspaper scene to front up this new station in the summer of 2017, taking charge of a student committee ahead of the station's official relaunch in October 2017.

Throughout the 2017/18 academic year, Theo transformed Oxide Radio into one of Oxford's most popular media platforms, with over 60 shows by the start of 2018, and he was still hosting one of the most popular shows the station has heard, Oxford Today, over three consecutive terms.

The interview series has heard from figures such as Lord Patten, former Governor of Hong Kong; Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia; Nick Robinson, BBC journalist; Elizabeth Frood, Sepsis survivor and Egyptologist; and Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.

Theo's organisation and creative ability was on show during his time at Oxide, and demonstrates his abilities as Oxford's most prominent broadcast journalist. 

Theo has written for Oxford University of his experience of interviewing, something he has described as one of the most challenging things he has ever done.

Read the article here.

Theo interviewed me on Oxide Radio, and it focused around my fieldwork in Egypt and my recent illness which has resulted in life changing disabilities, as well as intersections between the two. Theo had clearly carefully planned the interview, asking questions that were sensitively framed, knowledgeable, but also thought-provoking and challenging. I had fun - we laughed a lot - but I also felt that he pushed me to differently articulate the ways my life has transformed and the possibilities ahead. I came out of the interview with much to think about, and that was exciting
— Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology