A young radio presenter at a North Leeds community station has landed her dream job – a coveted breakfast radio slot with the BBC.
Harpreet Kaur, 25, honed her craft at Radio Asian Fever in Roundhay Road, where she started on work placement six years ago as part of her university media degree.
But after her talent was spotted by the BBC, she was offered her own breakfast slot on the corporation’s Asian Network.
Leeds Trinity university graduate Harpreet – known as Harpz on air – hosted her last show on Fever at the weekend, and is all set to start her new role this week.
She said: “Fever has been my second home. Ever since (station manager) Jabbar gave me the opportunity to take on some work experience, I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do.
“Having broadcast three different shows over six years, I’ve learnt so much.
“I will always remember my time there and I will truly miss it and the people I’ve met and worked with. Even though it’s been heartbreaking to put down the headphones for the very last time, I’m also looking forward to picking up the next pair at the BBC Asian Network.”
Harpz hosted a lively final show on Saturday, which saw her fellow presenters hijack proceedings in a surprise twist.
Radio Asian Fever is partially grant funded and serves some of the most deprived communities in Leeds where access to mainstream training might be difficult. It acts as a bridge between communities with a mix of programming. All the presenters start as volunteers and are trained by the station. Jabbar Karim, station manager, said: “We are very proud of Harpz and that Fever helped her on her journey so far. We wish her all the luck in the world on her new radio adventure – and we hope to keep producing more future stars!”
LISTEN: At www.radioasianfever.co.uk or 107.3FM