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STYLE AND CULTURE

MEET RADIO'S FEMALE FUTURE

By ASOS Magazine, 8 March 2019

For the latest issue of ASOS Magazine we interviewed the best in British broadcasting talent – and when it comes to radio, the future is most definitely female. Below, read excerpts from our conversations with Foundation FM founders Ami, Becky and Frankie, plus Beats 1 DJ Rebecca Judd, and snap up a copy of ASOS Mag's Spring 19 Issue to read the interviews in full.
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FOUNDATION FM: Lock down your aerial for the team behind the revolutionary new station

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On Foundation FM:
Ami: ‘Foundation FM is a community radio station putting women at the forefront.’
Becky: ‘We’re connecting female collectives in music, art, fashion and culture on the airwaves, under one roof. Imagine the amazing collaborations to come!’
Frankie: ‘We’re highlighting that our DJs and presenters are great tastemakers and gifted mixers and also that, as women, we have the knowledge on current affairs, tech and pop culture.’

On how it started:
Frankie:
‘Becky and I had the idea in March 2018. We felt there were no radio stations championing women, and we mentioned the idea of starting one to people and got a great reaction. We saw inclusive club nights like Pxssy Palace and panels for women in the music industry, like Normal Not Novelty, were oversubscribed. We thought, “Why don’t we make this safe and inclusive station a real thing?”’

On who does what:
Frankie:
‘I’m a radio producer – I love the rush of a live show. At Foundation FM, I’m head of production, so I work with the shows every day.’
Ami: ‘My day job is executive producer in radio and digital and I’m head of scheduling and talent at Foundation FM. I hope the station is a springboard for careers. We have people doing such different things outside the station: Lotte Andersen’s an art director, Naomi Shimada models, Kelechi Okafor teaches twerking fitness classes and Natty Kasambala’s guested on Radio 4.’
Becky: ‘I’m Foundation FM’s director and I’m also a radio plugger at Ghost Promo and an artist manager at UROK because I love working with new artists.' 

On the future
Becky:
‘I hope we become a go-to hub for finding female talent.’
Ami: ‘Given the station went from idea to reality in six months, I’m excited. We’re planning workshops and club nights, so keep your eyes [and ears] peeled!’
Frankie: ‘One of our presenters, Kelechi, put it perfectly: “We thought there was only one seat at the table for women, now we’ve created space for all women.” If you want to get involved, drop us a line @foundation.fm.'


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Rebecca Judd: The Beats 1 presenter following in the footsteps of her broadcasting idols

By Sam Higgins

 

On getting into radio:
‘I went to college and studied media and journalism, then, at the end of two years, everybody was going to uni and I was like, “Oh my gosh, I don’t wanna go.” My tutor suggested a BBC internship and I ended up getting work experience on BBC [Radio] 1Xtra – that was sick. I was there for six weeks, then the lady who was looking after me forwarded me to a station in Stratford called Break London.’

On presenting on Apple’s Beats 1:
‘It’s amazing. At the beginning of the year, Julie [Adenuga] hit me up and was like, “What’s your email? I wanna give it to a producer.” Now me and a presenter called Joe Walker rotate presenting every week on The Friday Show. We have different music artists on – it’s so much fun. The Beats 1 family made me feel so welcome.’

On her idols:
‘I grew up listening to legends like Jenny Francis, Trevor Nelson, Tim Westwood. It could have been both – I’m passionate about music. I can speak about favourite albums for ages. I didn’t have confidence growing up. I had banter but never thought I’d do radio.’

On her favourite interviews:

‘One of my first interviews was Rita Ora. Who else? Drake’s dad! He released an R&B song and he was in the UK with Drake. He came on my show and I interviewed him. At the end, he said, “So, when do you wanna come and see Drake?” We were like, “Uh, tonight!” We had VIP all night, just chilling with his dad. He’s the nicest person ever.’

On her wardrobe go-tos:
‘My size goes up and down, so most of the time I’m getting baggy clothes. I need to up my style. I’m gonna be on the ASOS app buying dresses. I could put together 200 outfits on my commute. I’ll have 100 items in my basket!'


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