KLFM Off Air - By Grace McGachy, June 12, 2018
You may have noticed something slightly different on KL.FM this week. A new newsreader!
That’s me, Grace McGachy. I joined the KL.FM family this week as their new broadcast journalist.
For now you’ll mostly hear me on the drive shift giving you the latest news, sport and weather.
I’m not a native to Norfolk, or even to this part of the country. I’ve recently moved 125 miles from Surrey where I was born and raised to Downham Market.
The last week has been full of firsts for me. It’s the first time I’ve moved out permanently from my family home, the first time I’ve driven myself up to Norfolk, the first time my boyfriend and I are living together, and most importantly my first day at KL.FM.
This is my second gig as a broadcast journalist but it’s my first full time job. I graduated from Kingston University last year with a journalism degree.
I also have two years’ experience as a breakfast newsreader at Radio Jackie in South West London.
Before joining the team here in King’s Lynn I never thought that I would move to Norfolk but KL.FM won me over and here I am!
I love working in local radio; fly tipping, arrests, elections – I like writing about it all.
It’s not always ground-breaking or exciting but people want to know what’s happening in their community and local radio tells them everything they need to know.
Another great thing about smaller stations is the people are real, they’re ordinary people who work hard and love what they do.
By tuning into local radio you get to hear real people from your community talking about the things you care about.
The music is also significantly better. So many stations seem to play the same three top 40 songs all day.
Smaller stations play some excellent old school tracks mixed in with some modern tunes.
Despite only being in Norfolk a week I feel like I’ve learnt that:
n People in Norfolk are far more friendly and chatty than in London
n Driving on ‘country roads’ is as fun as it is terrifying
n I am terrible at assembling flat pack furniture
n The fish and chips here are amazing