Boogie and Arlene run the popular breakfast show ‘Boogie in the Morning‘ at Forth 1 radio station every weekday from 6am to 10am.
1. How long have you worked together and can you tell us a bit about your professional backgrounds?
Boogie: We have been on the show together since 2008 – so 8 years. I have been on the show since 2003 on Forth 1. Before that I hosted the breakfast show on Northsound radio in Aberdeen and also did a stint on Forth 2 before moving to Forth 1. I started at hospital radio in the late 80’s and my first “proper” radio station was Radio Borders in Galashiels where I worked as a volunteer at the weekends from 1991-1996.
Arlene: I joined the breakfast team in September 2008 and the time has flown! I only thought I’d last a year! I joined the station in 2003 and worked on Forth 2 doing my own show before I was rescued by Boogie (!) and before that worked at the BBC in Glasgow doing a range of presenting jobs.
2. What is the best thing that has ever happened on air during your show?
Boogie: My wife Aimi went into labour during one show in February of this year. It was amazing that our audience got to share that moment when I had to leave the show at 7.25am and head off to the hospital.
Arlene: When I dropped the handset of the tens machine, which was connected to Boogie at the time to replicate labour pains. We couldn’t switch it off and it was hilarious…and sore apparently.
3. We love your Facebook page and the questions you post every morning – which weird and wonderful fact has been your favourite?
Boogie: There’s too many to mention! We love obscure stuff and it seems the harder the question is the more likely people are to interact with it. If you make things too easy people don’t really care.
Arlene: I love how honest people are when they tell us their private stories, which we make public (with their consent). We’re like hairdressers that way!
4. Has anyone ever left you tongue tied on air?
Boogie: Not really – we don’t get too phased if we’re speaking to someone famous or whatever – it’s our job to make sure we can speak on air. We actually get tongue tied A LOT – maybe once or twice a show, but it’s how people are in every day conversation so I think that just makes us relatable.
Arlene: I got a little shy when we met and interviewed James McEvoy. I’m a huge fan and got a bit giggly but I’m too much of a gasbag to get tongue tied.
5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to be a radio DJ?
Boogie: Volunteer. Get involved in your local hospital radio station, or community station. Start low – you’re never going to walk straight into a big station. And show that you are keen, offer to do all the crappy jobs nobody wants to do. There’s also something called the Bauer Academy which is run by our parent company Bauer Media and they hold regular courses for all aspects of radio.
Arlene: Be enthusiastic, interested and willing to learn from everyone. Prepare to work hard and take advice from those in the job on board.
And just for fun…
6. You can wake up in the body of anyone (past or present) for one day – who do you choose?
Boogie: Scarlett Johansson 😉
Arlene: Tom Hiddleston – I would love to see what it feels like to be him plus I get to sleep with Taylor Swift!
7. What are you most afraid of?
Boogie: Pot holing. The thought of crawling into cracks in a cave gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Arlene: Being left alone with my cats
8. What would you write on your own grave stone?
Boogie: Tried to make your mornings a little bit less miserable.
Arlene: I told you I was ill.
9. What is your favourite quote?
Boogie: Better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t.
Arlene: Don’t eat yellow snow.
10. Pick a song title that best reflects the story of your life…
Boogie: ‘You got the Love’ by The Source
Arlene: ‘Fat bottomed Girls’ – Queen