With Zone Radio set to go live on their brand new FM station in the next few months, the station’s co-founder and presenter, Judy Roberson, has some teachings for the people who aspire to do what she does.
“I’ve been a presenter since about five years ago and I’ve been a part of Zone since it started. It’s something that I never wanted to do, but that is testimony to the great training that he (Richard Griggs, co-founder) gives,” says Roberson, who does two shows – the Blues Zone and the Retro Zone – and is planning to add the local music feature to her list of presenting duties.
She is grateful for the opportunity to be a radio host, adding that it allowed her to come out of her shell.
“It gives you so much confidence in yourself. I was actually asked at my previous company to mcee an event – and I would have never thought of doing that before – and it actually gave me enough confidence to do that.”
She and Griggs agree that building the formerly online-only station was a long, hard road, but they believe in the end goal of developing the community, local business and local talent.
“This is a radio station that really cares deeply about people and it really wants to help people realise their own dreams. We want that feeling of camaraderie and mainly to share the really good, positive news stories,” she explains.
Griggs and Roberson would like to acknowledge the people who had previously invested in the online station, who wanted to remain anonymous. “We could not have got through the nine years without them, and they will never be forgotten,” she says.
Affectionately known as the Zone family by avid listeners, Roberson and Griggs offer advice to aspiring hosts:
- You have to love what you’re doing. You’ve got to have a passion for what you’re doing.”
- “You have to love interacting with people.”
- “You can’t be someone who selfishly wants to deliver the music you like.
- “It’s always about the listener,” she concludes.
Once the FM station is live, listeners will still also be able to access them online and listen to their podcasts.
Zone Radio is looking for local talent to audition to go live on air once it launches officially, and will be training aspiring hosts to do so.