It’s been six years since Nigel Maxwell began his news career in Prince Albert and for the majority of those years he has provided and/or read the morning news on Mix 101 FM, Power 99 FM and 900 CKBI.
Nigel said his original interest with radio began as a DJ but eventually he discovered the rush of doing news and chasing down and learning peoples’ stories. He said he hasn’t looked back since.
“Once you get it into your blood it just keeps going, I guess,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell, who started at Rawlco Radio as an assistant news director, was made news director last June. He was also in the front lines when Rawlco launched paNOW.com in 2010.
“It was neat for me because I started out doing just radio,” said Maxwell. So when paNOW was brought in I had to learn a whole new way of telling the news through online, which is where the news is going now. People prefer to go online to find their news, they want it fast and they want it right away and that is what paNOW is.”
Maxwell said he has worked on a variety of stories over the years that he is proud to look back on. He said his favourite stories are the ones that include the community and its members.
“It is the people stories,” said Maxwell. “Those are the ones that drive me to find those interesting people in the community… because there is so many different people with all these different and great stories.”
“It’s just a matter of finding them,” he added.
Maxwell describes Prince Albert as a fun and giving community with great community spirit. He said he loves that he gets to take part in that while doing the news.
“paNOW is getting out there and talking about how great Prince Albert really is and talking about the fun things there is here because there is a lot of community groups out there doing some really awesome things and they need to be recognized,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell said he was surprised but honoured by his win for Best Reporter. He said he loves what he does and continues to find passion in his work.
“It was a real surprise, I try to be a team leader and I love getting out into the community and doing those stories and it’s not a job for me I am passionate for what I do and I do what ever it takes to get that story out,” he said.
“I try to encourage my staff to dig deep and go after stories and find interesting people because those are the stories that people care about; they want to hear about their neighbours and their community.”
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