Radio

Charlie is a familiar voice, following a twenty-five year career in broadcasting. Beginning at Buzz Fm, she hosted specialist soul and reggae shows, before taking over the mellow Late Night slot and eventually presenting the Breakfast show.

She still shudders at the thought of those 4am alarm calls…

At Capital FM, where Chris Tarrant was the legendary Breakfast host, Charlie was happy to present Late shows again. Specializing in The Love Zone, in pre-internet days when hundreds of hand written letters would arrive, divulging all… Snoop Dogg was enchanted by a Celine Dion request Charlie played for a listener. He wasn’t a guest on her show, but had appeared in the studio and happily shared a Wagon Wheel from the vending machine whilst asking about Celine…

Following BRMB’s weeknight Late Show, Charlie landed the gig at Radio 1 as the station’s then youngest female presenter. By no means the wildest woman though, compared to the phenomenal Annie Nightingale who handed the studio over! Early alarms were back though, as she began by hosting weekend Early Breakfast, sometimes covering weekday early shifts, warming up for Chris Evans. 3 years at Radio 1 flew by in a blur of ‘middle of the night’ shows, daytime cover, live gigs and interviewing all musical heroes and heroines. And not much sleep…

Venturing next into speech radio at LBC, Charlie loved the challenge of presenting ‘grown-up’ radio. Live breaking news stories, political interviews, phone-in shows, and the pure joy of interviewing writers she admired. From Benjamin Zephaniah to Paolo Coelho, she re-established her love of the written word and began her own literary adventures.

Also presenting shows for Heart FM, BFBS, BBC London, BBC WM, and Radio 2. Most recently hosting Smooth Radio’s West Midlands Drive-time show for 4 years.

Charlie has also taken radio into a school, setting up a radio station in a classroom. Pupils as young as 6 were confidently delivering programmes, writing and performing their own radio plays, and broadcasting delightfully biased sports bulletins…