We love all types of art here at Abergavenny Pride, whether it be music, poetry, paintings and everything else in between and I’m sure that’s the same for everyone. There’s always something for every mood and occasion so we are going to sing from the rooftops about queer artists and put them on stage, just for you.
This month we are very fortunate to be highlighting Vicki Blight. You may recognise Vicki as our esteemed Main Stage Host at our Pride events since the very first time we held one, but did you know Vicki is also a National Radio DJ who has presented shows on XFM, Heart, Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 1 and currently presents on Virgin Radio Anthems and BBC Radio Wales!
We love listening to you on the radio, what made you want to pursue this as a career? What’s your favourite part?
I started out in Student Radio at Cardiff University and absolutely loved it! I was lucky enough to win Best Female Presenter at the National Student Radio Awards in 2002 and haven’t looked back since. Whilst finishing my degree in Biochemistry, I presented overnight shows on what is now Capital South Wales and read the travel bulletins for AA Roadwatch on a number of radio stations. I made contacts, learnt new broadcasting skills and then when I graduated I moved to the East Midlands to work as a radio presenter full time. My favourite part is creating a mood, a vibe, providing a sense of the day and ultimately a bit of company as you go about your day!
Are you a musical person and play any instruments? Or is it just you love music? What’s your favourite song/artist?
I have always loved music and grown up around music. Both my parents loved gigs and live music, they had a great vinyl collection when I was a kid. I learnt to play the drums at school and the bass guitar. The birth of Britpop coincided with my hitting my teenage years and I religiously bought the Melody Maker and NME each week! I’ve always loved music, watching it, listening to it, creating it. My favourite artist currently is Maggie Rogers, but one of my favourite songs of all time is Rufus Wainwright Beautiful Child.
Do you feel there is enough LGBTQ+ representation on the radio? If not, how would you like to see things change?
There has been a huge shift in representation on the radio. I remember when I started over 20 years ago, I was extremely scared to be out or known as ‘the lesbian DJ’. Lesbians were still very much ridiculed and stereotyped. It absolutely makes my heart sing now, since getting involved in the launch of Virgin Radio Pride a few years ago, that I can be confidently out on air and talk openly about my wife and how I personally identify. Things really have shifted in the last 5 years especially.
This issue is also about queer parenting and as a mum, how have you navigated the ridiculous cultural barriers to the one single way of being a mother? And any advice to other queer parents?
We’ve been extremely fortunate to experience, on the whole, support, kindness and a willingness to educate from friends, family and people we meet since starting our family. The journey wasn’t an easy one but we have been blessed with 2 children and try and never take for granted what we had access to in this country, compared to other parts of the world where it is extremely difficult when it comes to Queer parenting. I think sometimes it’s the paperwork that let’s things down…forms don’t always account for a same sex family wanting the ‘father’ listed…I’m sure this is changing year on year…let’s hope!
We know you do voiceovers and have been involved with podcasts such as Diva – what things can we listen to/watch to get to know you better?
I present 5 days a week on Virgin Radio Anthems which is available across the UK. I present early on a Saturday morning on BBC Radio Wales, you can always find my show on BBC Sounds. I’m presenting coverage of Bristol City in the WSL this season for BBC Radio Bristol and I also am the Executive Producer of Owain Wyn Evans on BBC Radio 2. Occasionally you might hear ‘Queen Vic’ referred to… that would be me! Ha!