Sophie moved down to Cornwall in 2011 to do a masters in Professional Writing at UCF and took the opportunity to focus on scriptwriting. Today, Sophie provides editorial publicity for local musicians, events such as comedy and a local music company in between some journalist commissions for regional magazines (such as writing about cider for Devon Life).
On Sophie’s Springboard Show Sophie specialises in new produced and arranged songwriting from artists from around the world via Musicxray.com, musicsubmit.com, various labels and pluggers and local artists on the current vibrant live music scene in Cornwall. She attends Glastonbury, Reading and other festivals to interview musicians for her show and interviewed Jeremy Corbyn in 2016.
Sophie’s first foray into live music promotion started while working at the Raj Tearooms in Highgate Village, where Sophie was introduced to a local newspaper editor and wrote regular music review and other columns. She covered the live music scene in Camden for the newspaper and promoted a live new band night at the Laurel Tree in Camden in 1997, which was the year and venue of Coldplay’s first ever gig as Starfish.
Sophie completed a postgraduate in Periodical Journalism at the London College of Communication, then rose up to the position of Associate Publisher over 5 years at a city publishing company, editing articles and reporting on technology, finance and insurance issues.
After floating across to hybrid sales/editorial jobs, Sophie managed a graduate opportunities for people with disabilities called the Arberry Profile in 2006. Living costs in London were a struggle, so after taking up stand up comedy, getting some therapy and even landed a decent job in Convent Garden, Sophie chose between an MA in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Communication and writing in Falmouth. She chose Falmouth to see what Dartington College was up to since its move, after nearly doing her art degree there in 1990.
Since leaving UCF, Sophie provided press publicity for Fish Factory Arts Space, which provided her with press contacts in Cornwall and Devon after she provided publicity for a cider festival in Exmouth.
Programmes featuring Sophie Sweatman
The music selections are fun, interesting and most important she makes it rock! Love Val's brash, fun, whimsical off the cuff commentaries. keep it coming! Two music fans from California. Big thank you to SourceFM :)Yyvette, California
Just stumbled across this station whilst scrolling - loving it! Listening in SE London xHeather
I don't know how I found you, but I'm so happy I did. I listen to 96.1 online constantly. Love the variety of music and all the presenters. I'm in Eureka California and have been able to visit Cornwall once. I left my heart there and want desparately to return. Until then, at least I can listen in. Cheers!Susan