Meanwhile, in Europe is a project long in the making. My roots in radio brought me back to share my love of European music with an audience that usually doesn’t get the chance to hear it.
I’m a 27 year old born and raised on Long Island, New York who always had her sights set across the Atlantic. I listened to BBC Radio 1’s Top 40 countdown every Sunday over a 56k modem as a teenager, and when I had the chance, headed over to Brighton, England to study abroad at the age of 19. I went back to that same place at 24 to get my Master’s Degree in Media & Cultural Studies, and in between that time also spent a few months in Västerås, Sweden at 21 studying Swedish. Every place I went, I soaked up the culture and especially the music.
I discovered the Eurovision Song Contest properly in 2005, first watching the semi-final from that year and I’ve never looked back. I started traveling to each host city in 2007 and, excluding 2009, have gone ever since. It’s opened my eyes and ears to exotic cultures that are still considered within European boundaries, and has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve spent many of these years with the core crew of the Eurovision news site escXtra covering the event as Press. I’ve had such a memorable experience with them, and the fact that I have had friends/colleagues to work with that love Eurovision as much as I do is a dream come true.
My taste in music has expanded thanks to ESC, and I hope to introduce listeners on this side of the Atlantic to what I have come across in both the Eurovision world and outside of it throughout the continent. Some of it you might not like, and some of it you might love, but I hope either way it’s a great experience for you as the listener!