Joe Radford

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Joe Radford
Joe at Halloween.jpg
Years Active 2019 – Present
Positions Held
Current LocationYork
DegreesBA History
AllegianceSmoker's Corner

Joe Radford has been an active member of YSTV since 2019. He's generally known for being a regular presence at Writer's Room, winning YSTV Does Hunted episode 2 and co-creating of the infamous Baby Shark Social 2020. His constant presence in YSTV during first year led many freshers to believe he was actually a second or third year.

In Summer Term of his first year, Joe was elected as the first ever Head of Marketing.

In Winter Term of his second year, following Zoe Dickinson stepping down, he was elected Station Director.

In the 2021 YSTV Elections, Joe was re-elected as Station Director making him the 5th Station Director to have a second term.


  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Camera
  • Editing
  • Dancing (in any state)
  • Smoking
  • Not doing his degree
  • Knowing too much about comics
  • Loving the 1975
  • Organising amazing Shark Themed Parties
  • Club Penguin
  • Wiki article editing
  • Fixing Roses related issues as they occur
  • Sorting out merch disputes that have been ongoing for 4 years


Joe first encountered YSTV in V-Bar whilst they were filming Zoe and Johnny's Drunk Diaries. After attending the welcome meeting he soon became hooked on the seductive drug of YSTV. At the Give It a Go session in 2019, Joe was a contestant on the YSTV game show Riddle Me This, winning the show (twice since his original winning answer was deemed to have been "too quick").

Shortly after becoming a member of YSTV Joe was one of the members of YSTV to witness the Heslington Bank Robbery that occurred beneath Zoe Dickinson's flat. The event has since been deemed significant as one of the reasons that he was able to integrate with YSTV so quickly.

Early on in his YSTV career, Joe also participated in a trip to Brimham Rocks, when Olivia famously crashed the Van on the way home. It was also on this trip that he found out that Rhys Milling was welsh, a revelation that would have ramifications over the remainder of his time at York.

First Year

Joe dressed as Mario for the Drunk Mario Kart episode of Boozy Broadcasts

Joe's first major producing role was on the Boxing/MMA Fight Night 2019. He co-produced the livestream with Zoe Dickinson, before floor-managing for the stream on the night. Due to changes to fights and unexpected injuries, Joe was forced to think on his feet and find new interviewees quickly throughout the night, in order to keep the show running smoothly. In the aftermath of the stream celebrations were had by way of winning a fight of his own against Zoe and then copious amounts of drinking at Marmite.

Joe's winning streak continued when he won YSTV Does Hunted Episode 2 with Olivia Gibbs totally outsmarting all of the hunters, putting all the other huntees to shame and most impressively outrunning Matthew Zeffertt. Unfortunately, just as all good things must come to an end, so too did Joe's winning streak. On the Drunk Mario Kart edition of Boozy Broadcasts at the start of second term, Joe (dressed as Mario) played and lost the first race of the night.

At the end of his first term, Joe directed and edited the short film Nessie (written by one Jacob Boyle). The film received much critical acclaim (ie the highly critical Matthew Zeffertt liked it) and there was rapturous applause following it's preview at a YSTV production meeting.

In second Term Joe continued to take on notable producing roles. He took over as Head of Behind the Streams and took on several producing roles for Elections 2020. He solely produced the Debate Night and infamously the stream went flawlessly, never going down once. He then co-produced and floor managed ERN (as well as heading up the Behind the Streams).

The crew of the MMA 2020 Stream

Joe's most significant production yet has been the MMA Fight Night 2020. He was on the back foot from the beginning, due to the date of the event clashing with Zoe Dickinson's 2nd year film and her stealing nearly all of the potential crew members. Understaffed he soldiered on, organising the rigging of the stream and all the technical aspects himself (to acclaim from Tech Director Andrew Waddle). The stream itself was a wondrous piece of art. The exceptional quality of filming aided by Joe's directing finesse led to a stream for the ages, lifting the standards for all future boxing streams.

Joe's Baby Shark Costume

Early on in second term, when the news broke that Coronavirus had reached York, Joe was one of the members of YSTV to be interviewed by Sky News. Following the interview, he worked as camera op and editor on a video about the Coronavirus, which was to include interviews with students saying that they didn't think it was anything to worry about. Luckily this video was never released as it turned out that Coronavirus was something to worry about.

Joe also worked on YSTV's Come Dine With Me primarily Sound Op-ing for two of the episodes and leading the editing of the project too. Although no one asked him, he would have to say the overall quality of the episodes massively improved once he joined the crew.

At the end of second term, Joe and Caroline Preynat-Viero hosted the infamous Baby Shark Party. It was an insane night that will be hailed for decades as something that no one really knows quite why it happened or indeed what actually happened there. Joe put excessive amounts of producing into the event, ordering decorations and organising a session of "Sharks and Crafts," in which people could create their own shark costumes or decorations for the event. The night is memorable for many, partially due to it occurring during the Spring Breeding Season 2020.

Throughout second term, Joe was forced to take on roles usually completed by the committee due to members being absent, this included running Writer's Room and Production Meetings.

Joe had many things planned for his Third Term as YSTV including productions that were postponed, or adapted into alternative projects or all together scrapped due to the outbreak of Coronavirus and the imposed lockdown. Most significantly he was supposed to begin his pet project the YSTVCU. Due to this Joe became involved with several of the Quarantine shows that were produced from home such as Quarantine Weekly, Riddle Riddle (which was never actually made) and Animated short stories (which was continually delayed).

At the 2020 Elections, Joe won the role of Head of Marketing becoming the first to do so. He quickly began to develop YSTV's social media presence, by increasing the regularity of posting and ensuring the online branding was consistent. Alongside Ben Allen he revamped YSTV's entire online branding, unifying several styles to make everything consistent across platforms. (See YSTV Branding 2020.)

Second Year

In Joe's second year, beginning as Head of Marketing, he completed the YSTV Branding 2020 and implemented it for welcome week 2020. Along with that, he worked on the preparations for the Freshers Stream 2020, along with creating all the marketing assets for it.

Also during the first term, he began work on an Untitled Quarantine Weekly Sequel Show (which later became Oranges and Lemons, alongside Zoe Dickinson). The plan was for it to operate bi-weekly beginning from Week 5 and run initially until Week 11 of term 1. The first episode, which was a Halloween themed episode, debuted to much success. Trying to keep the show running often became difficult due to the fact that a second coronavirus lockdown was introduced after only one episode had gone out. However, with a lot of perseverance, Joe (together with Zoe and many wonderful producers) succeeded in completing the initial run of the show.

In Week 6 of Term 1, Joe was elected as Station Director, following Zoe Dickinson stepping down the week before. Whilst this was an exciting prospect at first, he was immediately dropped in the deep end. The day after he was elected was Media Committee and two days later a second national lockdown began. Joe very quickly got to terms with the responsibilities entailed in station directing and began attempting to hold everything together as much as he could. Through talking to YUSU, he secured access to the studio for kit distribution and also YSTV were allowed to continue to film outdoors in pairs. Meaning that at least he hadn't failed in his new job within the first two days.

Towards the end of the first term, Joe also began to partake in online live shows, most importantly, YSTV on the Rocks - which he co-created with Sophie and producing one final Christmas themed episode of Oranges and Lemons.

With second term being entirely online, Joe, alongside newly-elected Production Director Alize Akturk, began working on developing more online livestreams. YSTV on the Rocks continued, as well as creating Meme Stream Media and coming up with the idea for Society Scoop. The term was mostly dominated by YSTV's coverage of the YUSU Elections 2021. This was co-ordinated entirely online, but was a fantastic success. ERN saw a special elections edition of YSTV on the Rocks featured in the After-Show and saw Joe running around between different places to deliver kit for the night.

The end of second term, Easter Break and the start of third term were all heavily dominated by Roses 2021, officially known as Roses Unlocked. This Roses worked differently from most others, involving digitally assisted fixtures, that took place simultaneously in both York and Lancaster, being linked together by the coverage of YSTV and LA1TV. Joe led the coverage as Roses Lead and headed up the planning and the weekend itself. A gargantuan effort, involving 38 YSTV crew members (only 3 of whom had worked on a Roses before) and ultimately a huge success. Dispite some setbacks, with one stream that didn't go live and a member who dropped out on Saturday morning, Joe worked with the incredible team to hold everything together and ensure that things ran smoothly from that point onwards (which he was mostly successful in doing).

Following the Chaos of Roses 2021, Joe then went on an excursion to Surrey for a day to return some hired cameras, only to return home and immediately run AGM of 2021. This event, much to Joe's testament for planning it two days after Roses, lasted less than 2 hours and is very possibly the shortest AGM in YSTV's history.

In YSTV's 2021 elections, Joe was successfully re-elected as Station Director, making him the 5th SD to receive a second term.



# Show Position Description
Autumn Term
1 Riddle Me This Contestant
2 YOU ROCK! (YSTV goes to Brimham Rocks) Trip Participant
3 Boozy Broadcasts: Drunk Werewolves Spectator / Pizza Runner
4 Boxing VT Producer / Camera Op / Editor
5 MMA VT Producer / Camera Op / Editor
6 Boxing/MMA Fight Night 2019 Producer / Floor Manager
7 YSTV does Hunted - Episode 2 Huntee / Winner
8 Beautiful Surround Sound Christmas Choir Producer / Camera Op
9 Christian Union's Carols at the Minster Producer / Camera Op
10 Nessie Director / Editor
Spring Term
11 Pick Me Up Theatre: Scrooge Editor
12 Boozy Broadcasts: Drunk Mario Kart Drunk Driver
13 Vice-Chancellor's Statement on Coronavirus Camera Op / Editor
14 Mark Laity Interview Editor
15 Come Dine With Me Sound Op / Camera Op / Lead Editor
16 NaSTA 2020 News and Current Affairs Entry Editor
17 Robbing Chloe Sound Editing
18 Free The Flow Camera Op / Editor
19 Debate Night 2020 Producer / Director
20 Election Results Night 2020 Producer / Floor Manager
21 MMA Fight Night 2020 Producer / Director
Summer Term
22 Baby Shark Party Behind the Streams Producer / Camera Op / Editor
23 Election Results Night 2020 Behind the Streams Producer / Camera Op / Editor
24 Quarantine Weekly Episode 2 Challenge Contestant
25 Quarantine Weekly Episode 3 Challenge Contestant / Editor
26 Quarantine Weekly Episode 4 Challenge Contestant
26 Quarantine Weekly Episode 5 Editor
27 Quarantine Weekly Episode 6 Judge / Editor
28 The 93% Club - Campus News Editor
29 Our First Day of Freedom Actor


# Show Position Description
Autumn Term
1 The Forest: YSTV Reports Camera-Op / Editor
2 Freshers Round-Up 2020 Sound-Op / Camera-Op / Social Media Coordinator
3 Oranges and Lemons Episode 1: 'Pumpkins and Gourds' Sound-Op / Editor / Executive Producer
4 Ghostin' Tiktok Ghost / Editor
5 YSTV Welcome Video (60s NaSTA Edition) Editor
6 Oranges and Lemons Episode 2: 'Flesh and Brains' Editor / Executive Producer
7 YSTV on the Rocks Episode 1 Presenter
8 Oranges and Lemons Episode 3: 'Bacon and Beans' Editor / Executive Producer
9 Oranges and Lemons Episode 4: 'Turkey and Stuffing' Editor / Executive Producer
Spring Term
10 YSTV on the Rocks Episode 2 Presenter / Executive Producer
11 Meme Stream Media Episode 1 Presenter / Producer
12 Lockdown Diaries Episode 1 Presenter
13 YSTV on the Rocks Episode 3 Presenter / Executive Producer
14 You Have No Authority Here Actor
15 YSTV on the Rocks Episode 4 Presenter / Executive Producer
16 YSTV eSports Party Games Contestant
17 Elections 2021 60 Second Manifestoes Producer
18 Elections 2021 Debate Night Producer
19 Elections 2021 Results Night Producer
20 Elections 2021 ERN: The After Show Presenter of YSTV on the Rocks / Producer
21 Meme Stream Media Episode 2 Presenter / Producer
Summer Term
22 Roses 2021 (Roses Unlocked) Roses Lead
23 Love York Awards 2021 Producer
24 Eurovision Semi-Final After Show Episode 2 Camera Op
25 YSTV Reports: What Were You Wearing Runner


# Show Position Description
Autumn Term
1 Coffee Shops of York Sound Op
2 Moving In and Moving On Sound Op
3 Fit for Another World - The Legacy of Anne Lister Camera Op
4 Freshers 2021 - Sophie @ Salvos Sound Op / Editor
5 Vanbrugh Paradise Festival Producer / Camera Op
6 Freshers 2021 Livestream VT Lead / Roaming Reporter
7 YUSU Comedy Night Sound Op
8 Technical Stage Services Ad Camera Op / Sound Op
9 Freshers Festival Presenter
10 Riddle Me This (Give it a Go 2021 - 1) Camera Op and Autocue Supervisor
11 YSTV Sport: Women's Rugby - York v Glasgow Van Driver / Technical Lead
12 Uni Hacks Episode 1 Producer
13 YSTV on the Rocks Episode 5 (Give it a Go Special) Presenter
14 How Not To Do It Episode 1 Technical Assistant
15 YSTV Sport: Women's Football Setup Assistant
16 Comedy Soc Presents: Have I Got News for York Technical Lead
17 Meme Stream Media Episode 3 Presenter

Future and Planned Productions

Joe still hopes to launch the YSTVCU in the future, beginning with Andy Goes to the Moon and Matt-Man. Andy Goes to the Moon has been postponed until after the pandemic and Joe is currently looking into alternative avenues of producing Matt-Man in a non-live-action medium. Other potential YSTVCU films include "Rhys fixing a computer", "Johnny is 3 guys in a trench coat", "Manu opens a hotel" and "Olivia gets banned from Sainsbury's".

Joe is planning to produce YSTV's own version of the show Taskmaster which has been dubbed "Masktaster" to avoid copyright infringement. The show is in early stages of planning.

Plans for a YSTV show dubbed as CAMP YSTV, that Joe was producing with Olivia Gibbs have been put on hold indefinitely.

Joe and Joe at Zoe's "Pirates, Priests, Postmen and Pornstars" Party, 2019