Sofa Surfers: Julie Ann Ryan
Radio queen Julie Ann is on a mission...
You'll know Julie Ann as one of our most prolific Sofa Surfers, but did you also know you can catch her in her day job as radio producer/presenter on Colourful Radio's Entertainment Central show from 6-9pm every Friday? And she's currently campaigning to be the voice of next year's Brit Awards!
Destined to have a career in music, (her father was a DJ and so were/are her brothers) Julie's childhood revolved around going to functions where her father was the DJ and her brothers were the MC's. Thrown into the mixed were the weekly family/neighbour parties that her parents held at their house.
Julie Ann started to take music seriously in Secondary School where she taught herself to play the Bass Guitar and drums before moving into singing; finding time along the way to study for a Degree in English Literature with Psychology.
Julie Ann has over 10 years radio experience and has worked on independent (LWR), community as well as national stations.
After excelling in 2 radio courses she landed a placement on Choice FM as a journalist before moving on to working with the Community Station h-City Radio as the station manager as well as daytime presenter. While working at h-City Radio she also worked at Choice FM as a researcher on the Sunday afternoon Choice Classics show.
Her charismatic personality and relaxed interviewing style has attracted some of the world's most famous stars and politicians from Shaggy to Iain Duncan-Smith plus many, many more. Not only is she is blessed with an amazing voice for radio, Julie Ann's beauty and talents also extend to Television where she has worked as a presenter on Ben TV and regularly works as a film and TV extra.
A blend of fun and vibrant banter whilst maintaining a very professional attitude towards her work, my Friday evenings have become all that more enjoyable. In Julie Ann's own words she 'talks for a living' and she does it with incredible passion, wit and charm.
With all that is going on in her life Julie Ann finds time to write her own column in the online monthly music magazine Kix Mag Online and has started a campaign to spotlight some of the untapped talent in the world of presenting.