TV and radio presenter Stacey Norman has joined East Coast Radio and will be presenting the station’s Sunday show between 10am and 2pm from October 15. Hillcrest Fever reporter chatted to the well-known personality to find out a little more about her. KN: Who is Stacey Norman ? SN: I am a grounded, energetic, sneaker-and- 80’s- music- loving human who sometimes moonlights as a unicorn and never - bar this one time - refers to herself in the third person. KN: What did you want to be as a child? SN: There are VHS tapes of me wearing a sun hat and singing “original compositions” as a young child. I’ve always loved the stage and what I did on it didn’t really matter. As a teenager, I wanted to be a food technologist. The stage won. KN: What is your favourite aspect of the radio world? SN: The listeners. The listeners are the best part - having conversations and seeing strangers essentially welcome you into their lives. It’s very cool. KN: What motivates you as a radio jock? SN: Sometimes when you engage with your audience you have these special moments with ‘rad’ people; it’s a kind of authentic connection that you can’t get anywhere else. You can touch people’s lives and they can touch yours, yet you’ve never even met. It’s like magic. KN: How do you maintain a balanced work and life? SN: The last few months I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical. I realised I’d built my entire routine around work, which isn’t great, no matter how much I loved it. I’m working on that balance now. It’s something I haven’t quite mastered yet. KN: How do you keep a smile on your face after a hard day? SN: Honestly, I watch Friends and drink a glass of wine.Failing that, I also have a cat named Goku who is adorable and always makes me smile.And I run. I find that helps with perspective. KN: What is one thing people do not know about you? SN: I can’t stay awake throughout an entire movie. Ever. Unless it’s Dirty Dancing. KN: How do you keep each show “fresh”? SN: It’s about trying things out and seeing what the response is. If the audience doesn’t like it, drop it. If the listeners buy in, you’re always “fresh”. KN: What is the one thing you wish you had known before you chose this career? SN: Things change. Quickly. KN: If you could pass a message on to the youth of today what would that be? SN: Always trust your gut. It knows what’s up.