My career began on the Isle of Wight when I was aged 18 at the local radio station, Isle of Wight Radio. The last time I presented a show there was 12 years ago!
A very good friend of mine is Paul Topping (the breakfast show presenter in the picture wearing a big yellow flower – it will all make sense!). Paul invited me back to take part in 'go yellow day' – a day of awareness and raising funds for the Earl Mount Batten Hospice on the Island.
How could I refuse?! A chance to work again at a very special station and help raise awareness at the same time too!
I had a simply brilliant time. I arrived at 8am in preparation for the show at 10am for a four hour show. Paul is an outstanding presenter so I had a tough act to follow.
The 10am news finished and it was time for me to read the weather. That went well so surely all would be plain sailing!?
What I found hardest was adjusting to the new technology. When I last worked at Isle of Wight Radio we played vinyl and CD's but now everything is played off a PC! Although it took a little getting used to it does make things a lot easier.
The 'go yellow day' event was brilliant. At a local school, a teacher painted their car yellow (very daring if you ask me) and Michael the news reader sat in a bath of yellow custard!
I loved every minute of being on air – Isle of Wight Radio is an outstanding radio station and truly defines local radio. When you're next down that way be sure to tune into FM 107 or FM 102 or check out their website www.iwradio.co.uk
Back at QVC, I'm on air this weekend with Kim and Co this Saturday at 10am and on Sunday 3pm with Ronni Nicole Fashion and at 5pm with Honora Pearls.
Take care, see you soon