Vanessa grew up around radio from birth as her Dad was a DJ, then a newsreader on Radio Jackie and he worked at various radio stations around the UK when she was young. Her musical education was full of Queen, The Beatles, Kate Bush, The Kinks, Pink Floyd and lots of Motown on vinyl and she recalls it being “a bit like the film School of Rock!” She remembers helping her Dad in the studio as a kid back in the days of jingle carts and splicing tape – how technology has changed!

Initially volunteering to help us out behind the scenes, as a supporter of community radio, a taster session in the studio got her hooked! With an eclectic taste in music and heaps of community spirit she enjoys bringing a mix of music from the 60s to current catchy tunes along with regular features Love Where You Live, Music With Meaning (loves a song with a good story behind it!) and #DerbyAmplified showcasing music by local artists and unsigned bands. Vanessa always mentions local goings-on, good causes, and gigs to catch around Derby and ends every show with a feel-good tune.

If you want to get a shout-out for your community event or if you’re a local artist and want to hear your song on-air e-mail

Vanessa presents The V Show Monday nights 7pm-9pm. She is also Vice-Chair on In2’s committee and is keen to support more people to get into community radio and especially to encourage more women and diverse young talent onto the airwaves.