Whether it’s presenting her Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset, encouraging entrepreneurs to realise their ideas on her weekly podcast Passion Pods, hosting webinars and interviewing members for Enterprise Nation or voicing trails for Radio 3, Emily’s enthusiasm for all things audio is engaging, inclusive and energetic.
This combination of Emily’s natural ability to encourage and excite people through her love of broadcasting is best illustrated by Passion Pods which Emily founded at the beginning of 2012. Passion Pods is a series of weekly podcasts that aim to inspire, support and encourage young people to realise the potential of their passions. Handpicked by Emily herself, these have ranged from Grammy-winning Musicians, to Charity Founders, to street food stall holders, to Milliners, Builders, Film Makers, Photographers and a Theatre Company.
A naturally broad communicator, Emily can currently be heard weekly on a Saturday afternoon between 3pm and 6pm on BBC Bristol & Somerset. Her previous radio experience has included a market leading Breakfast show for North Somerset’s Star Radio and more recently has included a weekly show for Mix 96, theatre reviews for BBC London and her own show for West London’s OnFm. As an extension to her Passion Pod series, it was here through interviews with the staff and students that she raised awareness of the local West London Charity Spear – a 6 week course that aids young people to get back in to education and employment.
After her decision to go Freelance in 2011, Emily’s work as a Voiceover Artist has also developed. She has voiced adverts for Magnum, Durex, Kia and Rowse Honey as well as numerous others, and records trails regularly for BBC Radio 3. She has also worked as the Sound of the Station voice for Jono Coleman’s nationwide Breakfast Show in Australia.
Since 2008, Emily’s voice has been heard across all of the BBC channels, after fronting a campaign as a Continuity Announcer on BBC 1 and BBC 2 to re-align and ignite the channels image identities. This work has seen her introduce high profile events including The Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Christmas Speech, Strictly Come Dancing, Coldplay Live at the BBC, the 2010 World Cup and The Chilean Miner’s Rescue Coverage. More recently, her inventive and distinct scripts have also been put to more regular use on BBC 3.
Emily’s broadcasting work really began at Bristol Uni where she finally found a place to combine all of her favourite things – performing, chatting and listening to music. This came in the shape of the student radio station Burst, where she began to present and produce her own show. Determined to create a clear identity for her weekly 2 hour slot, she channelled her obsession for new music into organising live sessions with students and local performers, again illustrating her pro-active and creative nature. Not satisfied with Uni radio just being a hobby, Emily also fought to bring her new infatuation with broadcasting into her studying and managed to convince her tutors to qualify her placement with local radio station, Vibe 101, as part of her degree.
Studying Drama at Bristol University also brought some other weird and wonderful experiences her way, but it was the drama scene outside of her degree that led to performances in Ben Elton’s Popcorn at the Edinburgh Festival, and producing West Side Story.
So they say you’ve got to start somewhere; who knew cross dressing as a man in Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi or playing Nancy in Oliver Twist or (quite frankly at the top of the pile) performing as a rat in Henley Children’s Theatre Group, could have led to all of that.