by Angela Adams
Yes, there really is a sofa in the studio, it’s blue and has cushions too! And Lesley is a wonderfully-relaxed lady who one warms to in a very short time – ably assisted by Sarah, who I quickly saw was invaluable in the prep of the daily radio show. It’s no mean feat filling 3.5 hours each weekday afternoon.
I was lucky enough to be chauffeured to Ipswich by my partner Paul on a beautiful almost-Spring day. We were lulled into a false sense of security inside the car, as that biting East Anglian wind took our breath away when outside.
Receptionist Helen greeted me upon my arrival and escorted me into the waiting area outside the Control Room, where Sarah sat amid an array of dials, screen and sliders ensuring the Lesley’s show was running smoothly.
The show was in full swing and I could hear Lesley in Studio 1a talking to a guest, so peeped through the window and captured a few shots with my trusty Olympus OMD. When my sofa-time arrived, I was sat in front of a rather large microphone (the one you see babies and dogs wanting to bite, when being interviewed on the TV) and chatted to Lesley over a 45 minute period, interspersed by the usual music tracks, travel reports and news. We chatted about my early life in Sudbury, my business, the cameras I use and my mentor, plus a few of my recent clients including Burlesque Artiste Natalya Umanska and Garden Designers DeakinLock and some future commissions working with Poet Heidi Williamson and The Designers Show at Norwich Fashion Week.
Being allowed the privilege to stay and observe the closing minutes of the show was a bonus, I shot some snaps whilst Drive Time presenter, Steven Foster popped in for a chat, and Sarah assisted Lesley with phone-in guests on the day’s World War I theme.
Thanks Lesley for the sofa invitation, it’s an afternoon I won’t forget in a hurry.