Meet Sevenoaks radio star Anna Louise Walter
PUBLISHED: 14:14 30 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:14 30 January 2016
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This talented young lady is combining studying at Canterbury Christ Church with work at BBC Radio Kent
Tell us a bit about you
I’m Anna Louise Walter, 22, I live in Sevenoaks and am in my third and final year at Canterbury Christ Church University studying Radio and TV. I’m lucky to be incredibly close to my family. I have a younger brother, who’s a performer, my mum is a writer and my dad is a director of his own company and also a part-time shepherd.
What are you doing now?
I’m a radio presenter, producer and broadcast assistant. I work at BBC Radio Kent, which works around my university studies. I started back in October and I’m so excited to be part of the BBC – it’s such an inspiring environment and every day is different. I’m looking forward to taking on more hours there when I finish university in May.
Have you won any awards?
In November I won Silver for Best Female Presenter in the National Student Radio Awards held at the 02, where we were joined by all the big names in radio including Radio 1, Radio 2, Heart and Capital. That night I was also one of six presenters chosen to present The SRA Selector, a student version of the ‘biggest radio show in the world,’ The Selector – in association with The British Council & Folded Wing, London – broadcasting to more than 44 countries worldwide.
In May 2015, I won Best Female and Best Entertainment Show at the Canterbury KiC Awards. At Christmas 2015 I presented two shows on London Station Fun Kids.
What else do you present?
I also present a regular Drive-time show on the local station in Canterbury, CSRfm 97.4, Fridays 3-6pm playing the best alternative music and getting the listeners involved with features, topics and stories.
I’m Head of Daytime at CSRfm, so I’m responsible for the schedule 7am-6pm on CSR, training presenters and producers in the studio, demoing new presenters, adding new shows to the schedule, creating events for the daytime team and contributing to the way that the station is run, generating new ideas and talking about what we do out in the community.
Any charity fundraising?
My highlight at CSR was doing 12 hours on air for Make a Wish Foundation and raising more than £1,856 for the charity. I had a whole host of different guests, including BBC actor Luke Higgins, performers, entertainers, a conductor and musical director, a climate change campaigner, a real-life Disney princess and a comedian. It was a day I’ll always remember.
What’s best about living in Kent?
I love being surrounded by beautiful countryside, with all the animals, but then being able to hop on a train and be in London in 40 minutes.
Any hobbies and interests?
I’m lucky that my work feels like my hobby and spend a lot of time editing audio and planning radio shows. I started a YouTube channel with my brother last year and I’m loving filming, editing and having a visual dimension to my presenting. I’ve also started vlogging.
I’m passionate about animals and enjoy keeping a whole range of pets including two miniature horses, chickens, guinea pigs and three dogs – as well as 60 sheep.
favourite musicI’m listening to a lot of Lianne La Havas right now. I’ve been a fan of Coldplay since I was a kid and I think Nao is going to be HUGE in 2016.
the last book you read?
Clare Balding’s autobiography My Animals and Other Family. It’s hilarious and resonates because of my love of animals and broadcasting.
Find out more
On Twitter @AnnaLouiseRadio