How did you become involved?
I started listening to Nostalgia on RTR FM about 17 years ago when a friend told me about it – as she knew that I liked the big band dance music and singers of that era.
I always thought that I would enjoy presenting a programme like this.
The opportunity came one Saturday morning when there was a call for new presenters so. I made the phone call and was invited to be a guest – presenting some of my favourite recordings.
I started on air in May 2010 and after several months of training flew solo from November.
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
I enjoy the research and planning of the programme. As we play the music of the 40s, 50s, 60s I can identify with this having lived through that era in Scotland and hearing all the music – even participating as a performer.
Many of the Nostalgia listeners are ex-pats from the UK and enjoy what I play and they phone and happily tell me.
Also many of my friends who still live in the UK listen on the web via RTR’s re-streaming facility.
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
I am not too sure about the question. But unfortunately I would feel uncomfortable about presenting music that I have no feel for – my music is swing, folk and jazz standards – so I could present a swing music programme, folk music programme or singers of jazz.
Nostalgia, of course, is my favourite RTR programme – because it covers the music of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and I lived through that era – so I suppose that I might have the edge over people who haven’t – then my other favourite programmes are Saturday Jazz, Global Rhythm Pot, Giant Steps and Sunday Morning Coming Down.
What do you do in real life?
I retired a few years ago and love to travel with a huge bucket list to try and get through. I also enjoy live music being a founding member of the Ellington Jazz Club and also a member of Jazz Fremantle. Cinema is another interest – especially art house and foreign language movies because they portray real life stories. I like the local repertory theatre scene here in Perth and enjoy Perth’s weather – most of the time.