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Giselle Jay

Giselle Jay

At Future Radio we like to create opportunities for young people. Late last year we advertised for a ‘Marketing Apprentice’, and Giselle Jay was the successful applicant. Having been with us for over a month, we have got to know Giselle well, she’s hard-working, and very determined. In the interview process, Giselle told us “radio saved my life”. The rest of this column is Giselle’s words, explaining why radio means so much to her:  
 
“I guess my two biggest demons in life are anxiety and loneliness. They are likely two of the hardest things for anybody to control, and the things they can spiral into can be devastating. I’m not talking surface wounds here; I’m talking about things that leave scars. For some people, that’s literal. Chronic anxiety and loneliness can certainly lead to self-harm, for sure. For me, the scars are emotional. For me, chronic loneliness and anxiety have led to suicidal thoughts.
 
“Scars, whether they be physical or emotional, leave their mark. They leave reminders. I have one on my left index finger that reminds me it was a silly idea to attempt to open an apple juice carton with a knife, whether I was nine years old or not. A visible physical scar. Emotional scars, of course, are not obvious to the naked eye. But neither are they completely invisible. You can usually detect the emotional strength that comes after an emotional wound heals. 
 
“For me, that healer is radio. Radio is versatile and that versatility means that radio is laughter, radio is enlightening, radio is passion. Personally, radio is my lifeline. I will always credit BBC Radio 1’s ‘The Surgery’, which is currently broadcast on Sunday evenings with Aled Haydn Jones and Dr Radha Modgil, as the show that saved my life. But radio itself, and the industry as a whole, is something that is very much alive and embracing, whether you are a listener or an employee. It knows, understands and is a community, which is probably why it does so well at community radio.
 
“My local community station is Future Radio. I also happen to work there – thanks to the exposure City College Norwich gave it in the years they had me at their beckon call! I am currently involved behind the scenes with marketing and advertising, and additionally present a produce a show voluntarily. Future has provided a great platform that will hopefully propel me into a career that means a lot to me. They are also a credit to the community they stand within.”

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