Jenny Greene - my Mum and Dad said 'Just leave school'
I'm not sure radio can be taught in college. For me, it worked to get stuck in and literally work for free. I was 15 when I asked Mark McCabe at Pulse FM if I could come in and work. I went in after school and answered the phone to take requests.
They soon gave me a show at the crack of dawn, which I did for two years until Pulse closed down. Then the programme director of FM 104 asked me to come in and do a weekend breakfast show. I remember talking to my mum and dad about it, and they were unanimous: 'Just leave school. You might get more work if you're available.'
I wasn't academic at all, so I did just that.
So much of that experience has stuck with me. I needed to get rapped on the knuckles, in a good way. I got a set of decks and a mixer when I was 12 for Christmas, and I spent hours on them doing things over and over. Radio is exactly the same. You can't be taught how to find a way to talk on air that people will relate to.
That said, I know that what I do isn't a pensionable job. There's no real job security, degree or not. I'll only ever celebrate a new job or show when the contract is signed.
I don't know what else I could do if radio fell by the wayside, but hopefully I won't have to worry about that too much. When people tell me to look at doing other things, I think, 'well, look at Larry Gogan. If he's managed such a long career, why can't I?