Volunteer of the Month - Kat Walker
In the second instalment of our Volunteer of the Month feature, the needle swings round to our longest serving female member, Kat Walker!
NB - Picture is not representative of Radio Royal's Kat... She's a little camera shy...
When did you join Radio Royal?
I joined Radio Royal in 2004, having got the radio bug while being involved with Glasgow University’s Subcity Radio as a student.
Tell us a little more about what you do at the station!
Currently I’m the station’s Secretary (lots of paperwork and minute taking) and Media Manager (writing stuff on Facebook and Twitter). I presented The Kat’s Meow for around 13 years, but have recently hung up my presenter headphones and turned my attention to helping out with training and production, when time allows… When I first joined Radio Royal I had no intention of hosting a show – production was always my first love - but someone convinced me that we needed some more female voices on the station so I gave it a go!
Why did you decide to volunteer?
I’ll be honest – because I was hoping to get into the world of radio at that time, and it was a great opportunity to get some experience. But once I was in the door I saw there was much more than that – I was once told that hospital radio is unique because ‘you see the eyes of your audience’ and it’s true. I’m a shy person at heart, but once I get over my nerves, I love getting into conversations about music with the patients and staff. There’s something about hearing a song you love on the radio, even if you’ve heard it millions of times before, and if you can give that feeling to someone else then great!
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering in hospital radio?
Give it a go - there really is something for everyone!