Sound Women podcast 7: Charlotte Church sounds like she’s on a mission

In this month’s Sound Women podcast:

• The Voice of An Angel has grown into the Voice of Feminism in the Music Industry: Charlotte Church spoke to me at the Radio Festival, fresh off the stage after she delivered the BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture (the whole of which is available for download here). She doesn’t mess about in urging young female artists not to play submissive, and if the radio industry thinks it plays no part in modern pop’s tide of scantily clad music videos, THINK AGAIN.

Louisa Compton thrives on stress, which is lucky since she’s the uber-busy editor of 5 Live’s daytime content including Victoria Derbyshire, Shelagh Fogarty and Richard Bacon (as well as, ahem, my own Saturday job, Saturday Edition).

Andrea Day, formerly of INRIX, explains how one of the Four Cornerstones of Radio gets made: traffic reports. When you’re swamped with real-time information, which is more important, accuracy or speed? And how do you make traffic jams sound interesting? There’s a lot more in those bulletins than meets the ear, you know…

There’s also a snippet of the Radio Festival session in which TalkSPORT’s Liam Fisher and BBC 5 Live’s Jonathan Wall are taken to task by Nihal over the representation of gender and race on their stations. To hear more of this and other talks from the festival, check the Radio Academy website where the audio will soon be available. Plus in the exclusive audio pen that is available only to paid-up Sound Women members, Andrea Day reveals how she shuns her own expert advice, and also nominates Britain’s worst road.

If you’d like to be on the Sound Women podcast, get in touch: tweet @soundwomen or email The next podcast will land on 1st December 2013, so please do join me again then!

Helen Zaltzman