5 Minutes with Jo Whiley

Ruark recently had the pleasure of chatting with Jo Whiley, a kindred spirit to Ruark when it comes to quality sound. Jo, a household name for many, is known best for her presenting role on BBC Radio 2 and for donning a pair of hunters at Glasto every year. She also happens to be a Ruark fan; in fact, she has one of our very own R4s within her home.

Jo’s Broadcasting Career

Jo, who hails from Northampton began her radio broadcasting career after university with BBC Radio Sussex. Her first network broadcasting role was as a presenter for WPFM, Radio 4’s youth culture, and music show. Jo then moved over to TV on channel 4s ‘The Word’ giving the British public their very first taste of Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine. Jo then joined Radio 1 in 1993 and subsequently became a co-presenter of The Evening Session with Steve Lamacq. It was around this time that she became a regular at Glastonbury with Steve.

Jo’s time at BBC radio 1 allowed her to take on a number of roles including her namesake “The Jo Whiley Show”, a weekend show and the coveted Live Lounge presenter slot. After leaving BBC radio 1, Jo continued to dominate the airwaves, co-hosting BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park as well as regular TV coverage such as Glastonbury.

At Home with Joe

As a music veteran Jo has seen many acts come and go and to converse with such a broadcasting legend is an honor. Jo kindly answered some of our questions from her stunning home in Northampton which she shares with her husband and four kids. Here’s what she had to say;

How would you describe your home’s style?

It’s a party house! Low on gloom and big on comfort. Lots of large windows and bright comfy velvet sofas.

What’s the one item your home couldn’t do without…aside from your R4, of course!

The Glitter Ball.

Which is your favorite room in your house?

The kitchen. Its where we all hang out and chat and eat and dance and watch TV. It’s been the scene of many parties – Mr and Mrs, Limbo and Bird on a Perch (kind of an adult version of musical chairs).

Would you describe yourself as a bit of a gadget geek?

No! But I do like my music delivered simply and aesthetically which is where Ruark comes in.

And finally…what are your top 5 tracks to listen to on your Ruark?

Foo Fighters – All My Life

Elbow – One Day Like This

Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long

John Grant – GMF

Cast of Les Miserables - One More Day

Discover the R4 Jo has here

Photo of Jo Whiley by Raph_PH licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.