Welcoming Laurina Moody to Radio Faversham

Laurina Moody is relatively new to Radio Faversham.

 

CommunityAd Exclusive - Welcoming Laurina Moody to Radio Faversham“I saw them DJ’ing in town, and it coincided with a sense that I needed a new hobby, that I ought to pursue the interests I’d let slide when I was working full-time. I’d sung in choirs and appeared in pantomime. I’ve always loved performing. So why not on the radio? I sent them an email. And started presenting my show in July 2022.”

Laurina has lived in Selling for ten years. Born in London, her parents were part of the Windrush generation, originally from St Lucia. She trained as a nurse, before becoming a health visitor; in 2000 she got a new job which involved her training large groups of people. “And the idea made me really nervous! I was determined to get over that. It bothered me how frightened I felt at the idea of standing up before a crowd. Gradually I conquered it, and now I love it. It’s an adrenaline rush like no other. I’m retired now, but still get something of the same rush from presenting my show.”

It’s called Mid-week Groove, and goes out every Wednesday 2pm-3pm. “I choose all the tunes myself, and so far, despite having a weekly slot, I’ve barely repeated myself! My Caribbean background is reflected in my song choices. You’ll hear reggae, soca, calypso, R&B… tunes to get you up and grooving! I spend ages each week sorting my playlist. Each song has to click with me, and most importantly, make me want to dance.”

She’s from a huge, musical family. “I’m one of nine children, and growing up, everything was a party! Our strength as a family is putting on an event – birthdays, Christmas, Easter, anything: we’d make them an occasion. So performing, delivering a show, is very much in my blood. When I’m not choosing tunes I work as an independent marriage celebrant. Weddings make for the best parties!”

Her organisational skills have seen her involved in the running of Radio Faversham, where she’s been busy creating an action plan for its future. “We are incredibly ambitious for our radio station. I’d really like to work with schools – get young people producing their own content at our amazing studio facilities. We want to increase the listenership, attract more advertising and sponsors, offer more live shows, younger DJs, and also, get more women involved the station. We have three female DJs currently, and I’d like to see a much more equal balance of the sexes. If any women fancy being involved, do please drop us a line. You’re well supported, and it’s brilliant fun, as well as really therapeutic. Every week I finish presenting my show on a massive high!”

Her show enjoys a listenership from all around the world. “In addition to my live audience, I get a fair few listens on Mixcloud. All my shows are available on there in perpetuity. Just search for Radio Faversham, you’ll find the lot! I’m aware 2pm on Wednesday isn’t ideal for everyone.

“We are very much an international radio station, and committed to putting Faversham on the map. I’d like to think of us as global ambassadors for our town, and hope and anticipate that our efforts will ultimately increase tourism. It’s an important job!”

 

Written by Melissa Todd

Catch Laurina Moody’s Mid-Week Groove on Radio Faversham each Wednesday from 2pm – 3pm.

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