Tess (Life Member)
I was born when radio was the wonder of the age. I lay in my pram listening to the Bakelite box. In time, I knew the words of every song that was played and recognised all the artists. I first went 'on air' singing on 'Aunt Judy's Children's Show' on 6IX.
The week I turned 15, I started my very first job at 6PM, where I learnt how to program and catalogue and file new releases, which were then 10 an 12 inch breakable 78's. When I was about 18, I moved to 6IX and I was the cover girl on 'The Broadcaster'. The breakfast announcer, Monty, also did a sports program and engaged me to help him liase with guests. On my 21st birthday, I married him and became a housewife.
In 1992, I was invited to become a presenter on RTR FM 92.1. The program was 'Nostalgia' and was aired Saturday and Sunday mornings. It is still running! I was with RTR FM until the end of 2012. During that time, I joined the Perth Jazz Club and presented a jazz program for them on Fremantle Radio. I came to York for the Jazz Festival and was introduced to York FM. At that time, York FM had a provisional licence and only operated during the day. I used to stay overnight and I would stumble in the dark to the station, which was then in the convent and switch the station on the air.
When I retired in 2000, on a sudden impulse I moved to York.
101.3fm listeners and presenters have thoroughly enjoyed the "Tessography" programmes - and more recently, also the "Good Morning" programmes on Wednesdays.
Thanks Tess - and all the very best as you move to the city again.
My interest in music really began in 2007. I was 12, turning 13, when I finally got my first album. Not a single, but an album! I loved this album and it set the lyrical standard for the music I listen to. Soon afterwards, I began learning the theory behind the music I was listening to and I also started to learn guitar and keyboard.
As I got older I eventually stopped listening to Alternative Rock as much as I did and started listening to Underground Hip Hop and Electronica. And I eventually gave my father's CD collection a listen to and fell in love with iconic rock bands as well.
I now specialise in R & B, Underground Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Heavy Metal and Pop, although my program also has the new genre Indie Rock, as I promote local musicians.
101.3fm listeners heard and enjoyed many live interviews with local artists, due to Nic's hard work and enthusiasm - particularly in Nic's earlier time at the station. Local musicians were booked months ahead and appreciated the opportunities...thanks for all you did Nic
The music expressed and reflected in the spirit of the times when I was a young girl in Liverpool was called Beatlemania. I listened to the Beatles 7" 45s and I was in love. The unique sound and style of the Beatles continued to influence my taste in music and it has evolved into the eclectic taste that it is today.
As a presenter for the Voice of the Avon since September 2013, my specialisation is in crossing the music genre boundaries. As I seek out fresh music to broadcast, I am on an awesome journey of discovery, from Classical music to Alternative Rock.
Music has the capacity to stir the soul and evoke strong emotions from joy to sorrow and I believe there is an appropriate time to play all types of music.
101.3fm listeners and presenters have been enthustiatically offered a huge variety of musical styles and artists in both of Kazza's Programmes: "Kornucopia" and "The Time Zone"
Thanks Karen - and may you continue to gain much pleasure from the music you enjoy and share