"I'm a Journalist and Presenter/Producer of some 20 years, with an extensive radio portfolio, (including 13 years at the BBC and 2 years as Network Presenter at Jazz fm), and in tandem, 8 years’ experience in network and regional television. After being diagnosed with MS, I left the BBC in 2003 until my epiphany in 2016, when I went back on air for the New Sunset Radio with a weekly music magazine show for 21 months until its closure. I joined ALLFM in 2018 where I Produce/Present my current weekly Show, Audrey's Early Drive. I am also a Contributor for BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Manchester and Produce/Present takeover Shows for Reform and Sonder Radio. And most recently, I am involved in the Manchester Jazz Festival 22 - radio shows and Dj Set.
And #Tellingitasitis! I profile what I call 'essential chat and essential vibes' It is first class informed 'info-tainment' often tackling the uncomfortable conversations that need to be had, presented as real living history, with the jazzy-vibes, delivered with a groove, aligned to the guest/issue at hand.
So what's My Story...?
Broadcasting is my passion and purpose and it is a massive privilege to be able to continue to share the tales that need to be heard. And I am fired to do what I do propelled by and in spite of the backdrop of personal tragedy and disability. I believe a better world is possible if people come together and support ordinary voices. That is how we get a better understanding of each other, and it's what I've been doing since my media entry in October
1989 with 'Just doin the job', on Sunset Radio. Raising the profile of high achievers positioned as role models - it was in fact a 'See me, Be me!', well before its time.
As was the award winning 'Jazztastic' concert for BBC Music Live in 1997, my creation a 'super group' for a concert to promote the fantastic contribution Black British artists make to the music scene. As was the landmark three tiered, week-long 'Exhibition and Gala Dinner and Concert at Manchester Town Hall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Windrush' in 1998. And in TV, recognition for the 'Moss Side Story' documentary for Granada TV, and
'The Telford Hangings', award nominated documentary for Dispatches for C4 in 2000.
To 2018 and almost 4 years at ALLFM with the focus on equality, crime and civil liberty from the award winning coverage of the Makki Campaign, to the OB of the UK's Black History Month, to award nominated work on equality, racism and mental health, exploring the reality of Black Life in Britain, post George Floyd under Black Lives Matter, living through the Pandemic. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. I have won the highest honour in national community radio with a Community Radio Honours 2021 Award for services to community radio, for decades of Producing/Presenting, and raising the profile and recognition of the Black community. And most recently I am a nominee for Outstanding Contributor to the North, in Prolific North's Champions Awards. I am equally honoured, humbled and delighted as both recognise work over my whole career, with engagement, impact and outcome the key criteria.
Raising awareness of the richness of Black culture on all aspects of life in Britain, trying to make sense of the world we're living in by truly connecting, seeking truth by sharing stories is what I've been doing since the Sunset days in 1989. And I continue to have the privilege to do so, as my Early Drive Show gains traction, with plans for my Podcast and Curation indevelopment. And I am taking control, now owning 'Old', celebrating people more than 50
years old - my #OldButNotOut-ers, the 'invisible' 30 per cent of the working population who play a vital role in all aspects of society, whose interaction helps to inform the narrative."