Southern Cross Uni alum Nick Gerber makes his radio dreams a reality with the right combination of passion, resilience and education.
Moustachioed scallywag. Disco lover. Occasional prankster. Audio nerd.
This is what you’ll find on Triple J Content Producer Nick Gerber’s LinkedIn profile. And right next to it, you’ll see the Southern Cross University (SCU) logo. Now based out of Sydney, Nick was once an aspiring media student in a class of many at SCU.
When he finished high school, Nick Gerber says he didn’t know much about anything, but he knew he wanted to work in media.
“I was a shy, awkward kid who could barely talk on the phone, but I loved music.”
Music led him to enrol in a media degree at Southern Cross, and that’s when he fell, quite unexpectedly, in love. “At the time, we all thought radio was dying. This was way before podcasting became such a big thing. But then I did the radio part of the course and one of our assignments was listening to different programs and trying to work out how they were put together technically and that just really turned me on to radio and particularly Triple J – to work there became my dream.”
It was a dream Nick pursued relentlessly, cutting his broadcasting teeth at ABC Newcastle and applying for jobs at Triple J until he eventually got offered an assistant producer’s position.
Nick has worked on the Triple J Hottest 100, the popular Like a Version segment, as a lead producer on Breakfast with Ben and Liam and even live broadcasting from Splendour in the Grass. He now works as a producer across the Drive and Breakfast programs and for Dr Karl’s long-running science program on ABC radio. Not bad for a boy who couldn’t talk on the phone.
“I’d say the most important personal characteristics for a successful career in media are resilience and passion. There are no jobs for life anymore, especially in media, and you have to be ready to adapt,” says Nick.
Technology is part of that flexibility. The tools of the trade are developing at a rapid pace, freeing up producers in many ways to concentrate on the storytelling aspect of their jobs.
“For field reporting I just take my phone or a condensed version of a professional mic,” he says.
Where the next dream job lies is anyone’s guess. But Nick isn’t worried.
“Who knows where I’ll be in the future? I do know that my skills are very transferable. I could work in sports, the music industry – the opportunities are definitely there to take what you know and do something else with it.”
Find out more about Southern Cross University creative degrees here.