Capital FM’s Katy Poulsom, talks DIY wedding dresses, city hotspots and why she probably won’t be speaking to Calvin Harris anytime soon.
Can you describe a typical day at work?
I usually get to work at half past five in the morning to prepare for the six o’clock show and then we go over recent news stories to get an idea of the topics we’ll discuss. A typical day can range from interviewing celebrities and having business meetings, to filming funny videos for the website.
What is it that you love the most about your job?
It’s great having a job where you can laugh in the morning. It always makes my day whenever someone tells me that they enjoyed listening to our show on their way to work. I also love taking topical news and putting my own personal twist on it.
What has been your best moment since working at Capital FM?
That would probably be when I completed the London marathon for Global’s charity Make Some Noise. It took six months of strenuous training in both the sun and rain, but it was a day I’ll never forget. Seeing London from that perspective, with its diverse areas and supportive people is what spurred me on to do it again the following year.
You recently took part in Capital’s Make Some Noise fundraiser for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, what was the most memorable moment from the event?
That would definitely be my co-host, Rob Howard getting tattooed live on air. It was such a fun experience as everyone dressed up, presented fake radio shows and baked cakes together. Global’s Make Some Noise day raised £2.8m for charity and I left work that day feeling very proud of the Capital team.
Who’s the most interesting celebrity you’ve met through your job?
I love Labyrinth. I’ve met him a few times and he’s such a dude. Not at all affected by being mega famous, he’s genuine and hugely talented.
Have you had any radio nightmares or embarrassing moments you can share with us?
Plenty, I’m always messing up. The worst was probably when I accidentally wore see-through clothing on stage because I didn’t realise that the lights would be so bright. I was also made to walk down Broad Street in the middle of rush hour wearing a sandwich board sign with the words ‘will you go out with me, please?’ written on the front.
How would you describe your style?
Quite relaxed with a boho vibe. I like mixing high street pieces with charity shop finds because it adds a unique edge. In a world where clothing can be quite disposable, I think it’s important to recycle and rock out the vintage. I love it when I’m complimented on an outfit and get to say that it was only £2.50 from Oxfam.
Who inspires your style?
Baddiewinkle is someone who I absolutely love at the moment. She’s an 88-year-old American internet personality and the hippest, hottest, most multi-coloured person that I’ve ever seen. She makes me want to rush to my wardrobe and wear the most flamboyant thing I can find.
What would you normally wear on a work day?
I would love to dress better for work, but getting up at five o’clock in the morning means that I usually opt for the comfortable choice of a dungaree dress with a pair of tights and a coloured top underneath.
What are your favourite items in your wardrobe?
My most treasured possession at the moment is this beautiful multi-coloured silk kimono that my best friend gave me for my wedding. I also have a really cool retro 70s poncho that I bought from Off The Scale Vintage in Kings Heath.
What is the best item you’ve ever bought?
That would have to be my wedding dress. I knew I wanted a unique piece that I could re-work and wear again; so I asked my fashion designer friend to create a gown from an ASOS skirt and a lace top. It’s completely one-of-a-kind and can be taken apart to wear at festivals or over jeans.
What are your key pieces for this season?
Now that the weather’s turned colder I can’t wait to wear winter colours like bottle green and burgundy. I love textured hand knitted jumpers paired with dungarees and staple brown boots.
Where do you like to shop?
High street wise, I really like Topshop, Urban Outfitters and New Look, but if I’m after something special I tend to head to independent shops such as Cow in Digbeth and Spot in Stirchley. The owner is a legend; if you buy something she gives you a kiss and rings a bell. You’ve got to love eccentricity!
Where are your favourite places to visit in Birmingham?
Birmingham is filled with such beautiful places. During the summer I love relaxing at the Botanical Gardens when it has jazz performances on, and during the winter I really enjoy visiting the Hippodrome to watch the ballet. If I am going out to eat, my first choice is always Ju Ju’s Café in Brindleyplace because the owner is fantastic and the hearty British food is really amazing.
What advice do you have for people looking to get into media?
Be prepared to work for free, work hard and make friends with everyone you meet. If you make a good impression they are more likely to remember you when an opportunity comes up.
You can catch Katy on Capital Radio Birmingham’s breakfast show with her co-host, Rob Howard weekdays 6am – 10am. Follow Katy on Twitter: @Katyontheradio
Words: Emma Walsh