No lie-in for Radio Norfolk presenter Emma
By Les Champion
Most of us like a lie-in on a Sunday morning, but not Radio Norfolk presenter Emma Philpotts who is up at 4.30am to present the three-hour Sunday morning faith programme on BBC Radio Norfolk from 6am to 9am.
But even then there is no time for taking it easy as Emma heads off to church - Oak Grove Chapel in Catton Grove, Norwich - for a couple of hours, sometimes helping greet people as they arrive. Sunday lunch with family or friends follows and it is only by the evening when Emma can relax with her feet up to watch the Strictly Come Dancing or X-Factor results show.
But Emma would not have it any other way: "I think the best thing about presenting the Sunday early show is getting to meet so many different people and hearing about how their faith inspires them to do all sorts of amazing things in the county. I love hearing about people's stories and I enjoy learning new things about faith.
"At Oak Grove services there's plenty of worship, good teaching and tea and biscuits in the middle! The atmosphere is very relaxed, friendly and family-orientated.
"I think the best thing about Oak Grove is that it's my family - I love the people and I always feel at home there. The people are so diverse but we all get on together as one.”
During the week Emma is back at Radio Norfolk as the creative genius, planning the skeleton and running order of programmes - which the presenters then flesh out. She makes trails for new programmes and is behind the variety of jingles that brighten up the shows.
Emma grew up in North Norfolk, and developed an interest in radio and the media at an early age, starting with Cromer Hospital Radio at 13. A degree in Media Production (Television and Radio) at Sunderland University followed. Emma has since developed her skills with North Norfolk Radio, Living Water Radio, The Beach at Lowestoft and Radio Norwich.
While holding firmly to her own Christian faith, Emma is genuinely interested in other faiths, and seeks to understand, respect, and include them in her own Sunday programme, which fits nicely with her brief from the BBC's Religion and Ethics department.
Emma also has a keen interest in music, film, and live gigs - which helps as she presents showbiz news on Stephen Bumfrey's
weekday afternoon programme.
If you have a faith story that needs to be told, Emma would love to hear from you, on 01603 617411 or at email@example.com Click below to listen to Emma's latest show.