It's a bit of a strange situation at the moment... come the New Year I find myself without a regular radio slot.
The truth is that apart from doing media stuff, I've only ever had 2 other jobs. One was 12 hour shifts in my Uncle's fruit freezing plant during the school holidays, and the other was a part-time job in the legendary One Up Records in Aberdeen.
The Music Bed on BBC Scotland has been one of the most fulfilling radio shows I've had the pleasure to present, but sadly the Christmas Day Show will be the last. Nothing sinister, it's just not been re-commissioned, and considering it was only a 3 month commission in the first place, it hasn't done too badly… it was really just the wrong type of show on the wrong type of time-slot on the wrong type of radio station!
I was originally the co-host with Amanda Millen the main presenter, then there was a switch with Martel Maxwell becoming my co-host and "The Music Bed" becoming "Jim Gellatly's Music Bed". I suppose with the show now having my name in it, I should shoulder some of the blame for it not working. I do honestly believe though, that in the right place and at the right time, it could have gone on and on and on.
I must give a lot of credit to Martel, who I think will go on to become a major player. People seem to assume that I've known her for a while, but actually, prior to suggesting her as a co-host, I'd only met her twice! The first time was at T In The Park the day after she'd done a Scottish Sun front-page on Paolo Nutini, and she was keeping out of his way. The second time was at our mutual friend Dominik's wedding.
The Music Bed had already been commissioned by BBC Radio Scotland at this stage, and it was a chance call to my former Beat 106 / Xfm colleague Scott Shaw that led to me being brought on board.
Scott's one of the nicest folk you could meet, and I've known him for a very long time. In fact, some 20+ years ago, when I was starting out at Moray Firth Radio in Inverness, it was Scott's dad Neil Shaw that gave me my first ever paid role in a radio station, working in the office filing and the likes.
To cut a long story short, Dabster were already working on the show, and Richard must have liked something about me to offer me a role on-air alongside Amanda Millen.
I've never been particularly proactive in touting myself about, and pretty much everything I've done so far seems to have just fallen into place. At this point in time though, I really don't know what my next step is going to be. I do of course have my weekly podcast, but that certainly doesn't pay the bills. The fact that I'm about to stand-in for Stuart Cosgrove on one of BBC Radio Scotland's biggest shows Off The Ball may just show that I'm not just a music presenter… as long as I don't balls it up!
I've had a few interesting meetings, and there are most definitely a couple of ideas I'd love to pursue, but as it stands everything is very much up in the air… Indeed, I'm not even sure if radio is part of my future…
…To Be continued (as they say).