Beth Carr, Mondays and Saturdays at 5pm
How did you get into presenting?
I was on the board for the student magazine at university and while we were taking a break from handing out the magazines during Freshers’ Week, the Assistant Station Manager at Insanity Radio 103.2FM, based at the Students’ Union, asked someone to come on his show and talk about the magazine, which ended up being me! Despite thinking it would be a one off, I was talked into applying for a show and since my first shaky presenting attempt I haven’t looked back!
What made you want to join Coastway Hospital Radio for Brighton?
Having been at Insanity Radio for six weeks, I wasn’t sure how I could cope without my radio show over the Christmas holidays. I googled hospital radio in Brighton, as my hometown, and Coastway appeared. Having been born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and received treatment at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, it was not only the closest radio station likely to take me on for the holidays but one which served a very deserving audience.
What do you like best about Coastway?
I really like the freedom there is with Coastway shows, there’s an opportunity to present a myriad of types of shows and develop features in your own time. There is so much varied music, old and new, that I am always discovering good songs, and the equipment is great.
How would you describe your show on Coastway?
I present two shows on Coastway, both 5-7pm, on Mondays and Saturdays. On Mondays I present ‘Metro Monday’ where I look at the day’s Metro newspaper and talk about the latest news, celebrity gossip, sport and TV picks. On Saturdays my show takes on a theme, normally associated with music, or I have a guest join me for games and chat. In both shows I try to play as many Coastway classics as possible!
I’ve also presented ‘The Alphabet Show’ where I play music by artists from every letter of the alphabet, and a classical music special, taking listeners through my favourite classical pieces.
Name a key tune you love or inspired you?
There are so many songs that have special meanings to me, it’s incredibly hard to choose just one! The first song I ever played on radio was ‘Queen of Peace’ by Florence and the Machine so that holds a special place in my heart. ‘Eloise’ by Barry Ryan was a Coastway discovery for me though, so that’s definitely another favourite!
What do you do when you are not broadcasting?
I’m going into my final year of my BA History degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, specialising in Modern British history. When I’m not around to present with Coastway, I present a specialist Christian and Gospel show on Insanity Radio 103.2FM and am also Head of Training for that station, which means that I know far too much about Myriad! Outside of radio, I am a writer and editor for the student magazine and enjoy singing musicals with my housemates.
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