Julie was for many years the mainstay of the Monday evening Record Requests team, enjoying the change from her day job as an English teacher. She says she always wanted to work in radio and is grateful that this great service at the RBH has given her that opportunity. Visiting patients on the wards, chatting to them about their musical preferences and interests, is always the key, she says, to producing a rewarding, patient-driven show – “that’s what we’re here for!” These days you are more likely to hear her hosting her Monday evening “Focus” show, looking at a particular artist or group, as well as presenting her favourite hymns and devotional music on Sunday evenings when she regularly shares some “Words of Life “.
When not on HRR : Julie cites Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright as her favourite broadcasters (so I think we can put her down as a Radio 2 fan – Ed) but was also a fan of Noël Edmonds in her – and his! – youth. Her hobbies include : photography, poetry, reading, cycling, motor-biking, guitar (which she plays badly – her words) and travel…to name but a few! In early 2012 she cycled the Camino – the Way of Saint James – in Northern Spain from Leon to Santiago, which involved about 200 miles up and down hill, carrying a load and stopping off at Pilgrims’ hostels along the way.
Julie’s musical tastes are diverse, ranging from Christian Contemporary Rock, to Soul, Rock, and Motown. Favourite bands are U2 and Delirious. First album ever bought: Aladdin Sane, David Bowie; then, Diana and Marvin, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. First 45: Monsieur Dupont by Sandie Shaw! (“but I’m not sure that should be mentioned!”)
She clearly loves many types of music and really enjoys playing requests from every decade – from the 1930’s to present day. Music brings memories – of people and places; of events and history; it gives joy, because of its beauty and peace. It speaks to us all, and so is the perfect gift to all those in hospital, who sometimes have time to reflect and be still, and others who need distractions and joy to help them recover. These are Julie’s reasons for being involved and for staying involved in HRR.