The news is finally out. Somewhat exciting to say I'm going to be doing a radio show on the new national DAB station Virgin Radio UK.
It'll be every Sunday night from 9pm-Midnight. One big promise - with new music discovery at the epicentre I'll be packing the three hours with a whole bunch of genre-spanning tunes I'm loving from week to week and think you will too.
The funny thing is my first ever placement in radio in London was at Virgin. During my finals studying English and Drama - when playing a pervy male courtier in tights and court room monk in George Bernard's Shaw's St Joan pretty much single-handedly killed my life-long acting buzz (IT WAS BAAAAD) - I wrote a bunch of letters (physical ones, cover letter, CV and all!) to all my favourite TV and Radio stations. A few weeks later I got a letter back!
So in September 2007, for a month at Virgin I commuted into London to Golden Square (where it used to be before it turned into Absolute) made tea, did the post, stocked the fridges, did some editing, filing and worked on the reception. It was my starting point and led me to XFM straight after, to an internship and later my first paid job, which came full circle three years ago when I landed my Friday morning 1-3am show. As you may know I went on to cover regularly for the great John Kennedy, Danielle Perry and Jo Good. Some eight years later I'm going to be back at Virgin, albeit a shiny new model with its all new gang alongside Edith Bowman, Jamie East (Holy Moly) Matt Richardson, Kate Lawler, Angela Scanlon & Russell Kane and more.
Some of you have asked if I'll still be on BBC 6 Music. The answer is yes! I'll still be doing music news reporting for them regularly and on Beats 1, our clubnight Cat Lovers, a new night Nightcall at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen every other month, DJing, compering and everything else that keeps me busy!
I really can't wait to get started. Virgin launches at the end of March so my first show will be Sunday 3rd April. Get locked in!!!