Lucky Luke scoops dream job with award winning BBC radio team
Luke Berry, 20, who has had epilepsy since the age of nine, is finally realising his long-held dream of working in radio with the BBC.
Luke is a member of the BBC Radio 1 team that recently won the National Station/Network of the Year award as part of the Radio Academy's Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs) 2018.
Luke (pictured bottom far right) felt "great and proud" about his team winning this prestigious award, as it is "always good to be recognised by the professionals in the industry". This is the first time BBC Radio 1 has won this award in 11 years.
Luke has had epilepsy for 11 years and has been having seizures since he was nine years old. He mainly has asleep seizures, so they do not get in the way of his work or social life.
Although the management of his seizures is better now, he says the surprise and the fear of a seizure never wears off. He also says his epilepsy is worse in the winter when he has Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Luke is currently a Station Sound Producer at the BBC in London and has worked there for four months. He crafts imaging and trails, which are bite-sized content to engage with listeners, for radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network. His imaging and trails reach "over 25 million listeners each week".
Luke says: "working at the BBC is surreal and is something I have always wanted to do." By working for a huge company such as the BBC, he can gain invaluable experience and make a range of contacts in the radio industry. Luke said he "works with a talented group of people" and has never had any problems at work with his epilepsy.
Although Luke has only been working almost full time since July, he has already had a promotion as he has been signed up to work on BBC Sounds - a new app for music, radio and podcasts.