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B24/7: Bristol’s top female broadcasters

B24/7 finds out how they got into journalism, what inspires them and why Bristol is a great base for broadcasting.

Here’s snippits from our presenters:

Cheryl Morgan co-hosts the Women’s Outlook show on Ujima

Photo by Lou Abercrombie 

I can’t compare to other cities, but I must say that I have been hugely impressed by the variety of fascinating and enthusiastic community groups in Bristol. There’s never any shortage of people to have on the show.

As an out trans woman I am always a little nervous that people will take against me. There is still an awful lot of discrimination against people like me in the UK. However, the folks at Ujima have been great.

As far as I know, I am the only trans woman in the country to host a women’s interest show. I can’t see that sort of thing happening on Woman’s Hour any time soon.



Ujima’s Carmen Carrol, Jaz Ketibuah Foley, Lydia Macqueen


Carmel Carrol presents a gospel music show Soul 2 Sole on Ujima with her husband

I was working in events management when I was asked to host a gospel show. I had no previous experience as such in media. So it was a leap of faith.

The biggest challenge in the job is being transparent and staying relevant – it’s about the message in our music, we want people to find hope and be inspired to keep moving forward.



Lydia Macqueen is the host of Shades of Blues on Ujima

I have always loved the blues and I love sharing the music and educating people about the blues on the show. I came in as a guest on the show and now I present it and volunteer at Ujima doing admin.

The Bristol music scene is very special. I have met so many people in the music industry when they come into the radio station.

I do still get nervous on air – it is challenging when you have to time all commercial breaks and news but that is becoming less and less.



Jaz Ketibuah-Foley co-hosts Ujima show Tommy Popcorn and Jaz

I learnt about radio from some fantastic mentors here at Ujima – really important women who work in radio. They taught me how to everything from recording to producing a show and they inspired me to do more.

My most memorable moments are talking to people in the city – they have so many fantastic and amazing stories and we give them a platform to tell them. There are so many grass roots organisations around and they all have something to shout about.



To read the full article by Pamela Parkes click here

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