Presents The Grapevine
How did you first connect with Triple R?
Via my dad who had it on when I was a growing up, and he’s still a fan. Actually, Triple R was very influential and not just music-wise. Once I heard an announcer say anyone could pitch a radio show to a community radio station... now that was a revelation to 15-year-old me.
What/when was your first show?
The Grapevine’s my first show, which I co-present with the lovely Donna Morabito.
What's your favourite Triple R story?
There are so many... one moment in time which made me love the station and what it represents came a few years ago during radiothon. It was soon after one of my dearest friends gave birth to her second daughter, who didn't have a name straight away. I was waking up to Tim Thorpe’s Sunday Vital Bits and he read out the name of his youngest subscriber in what seemed like his warmest, most welcoming voice – six day old Francesca - and that's how she was introduced to the world.
Your favourite other Triple R program and why?
Phaw. I answer this question differently every time I’m asked. Today it’s Beat Orgy. Steve Cross plays such high-quality tunes on a Saturday evening. Very enjoyable.
What does Triple R mean to you?
It means Monday-itis pretty much doesn’t exist for me. I mean, who wouldn’t like starting the week at 3RRR with great friends, sharing music and meeting wonderful guests?
The studio door has accidentally jammed shut with you stuck inside. If there was only one CD in there with you what would you want it to be and why?
Fela Kuti. I reckon the funk, together with the anti-establishment themes would get me through until I was released.
I get stuck in there with a beer too, right?
Kulja, what an unusual name, where does it come from?
Ah, that old chestnut…