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Since August 2015 I have single-handedly presented and produced the Mid-morning show (10am-1pm Monday to Friday), which moved to the earlier slot and became the Morning Mix Show (8-11am Monday to Friday) in June 2017. The ‘Morning Mix’ offers a variety of contaent to inform and entertain and get the listener’s day off to a positive start. It focusses on news, weather, travel, sport, business and the daily “Something to Think About” feature of the first hour, through to the inspiring people and organisations that make up our broadcast area in the third hour. Sandwiched in between, I also offer a “Golden Year”. But even that offers a bit of a twist to get more listener interaction as they share their personal, family “headlines” from that given year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed developing the Morning Mix into the vibrant, interactive show it is today and feel that my great strength is, and has always been, my interest in people. Added to that an ability to put guests at ease and make them feel comfortable enough to tell their story, in what can otherwise be a quite stressful environment for many, it has made for some engaging radio, which I hope my submission demonstrates. I think the fact that in Zetland FM’s “listen again” facility, I hold the top 3 positions for most listened to show, and six out of the top 10 demonstrates listener interest and engagement beyond the immediacy of our live output Listening back to my submission in the Community Radio Awards 2017, where I took the Bronze in the best female presenter category, I realised that I didn’t truly demonstrate the breadth of what I do as a presenter each day and how I am required to move from light-hearted features, to hard hitting news, to emotional interviews and back again within a short space of time. The demo I’ve submitted has tried to show the light and shade that makes up life, as well as the amazing positivity that can be found shining out from the darkest of places. This feels especially important for our audience, as they have often felt used and manipulated when larger media outlets and national broadcasters have parachuted in after massive job losses and left without acknowledging the real personal tragedy behind it. Here I’ve included an interview with a Teesside teacher who works with the educational arm of Lego and is a great advocate of learning through play. He talked about the children performing well above their school years as they learn about coding and building robots. Phil couldn’t resist trying a learning technique out on me too! We also hear from June, who came in during Dementia Action Week and talked beautifully and powerfully about her husband Eddie, his steady decline with Alzheimer’s, the impact on her as his wife and the friends who began to drift away. And finally, there’s Debbie, a woman who has lived with cancer for the last 8 years while supporting her son through to his own death from cancer a year ago. The resilience that she showed was remarkable. My interviews are interspersed with the light-hearted chat, the fun features and the news content which makes up the show as a whole and I hope demonstrates my ability to engage with the Redcar and Cleveland audience.

CRA2018 - Female Presenter of the Year - Julie Donaldson  
CRA2018 - Female Presenter of the Year - Julie Donaldson  
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