The yummiest feature she’s personalised her show with is the ‘Guess My Sunday Brunch’ competition, on air shortly after 9.30am: she will list the ingredients to a popular brunch recipe, and listeners will have to guess what dish it is for the chance to win foodie prizes. It might sound as easy as Sunday morning, but a few recipes feature the same staple ingredients, and you will have to listen carefully and suss out the unique one that allows you to tell croque monsieur apart from egg benedict!
This isn’t Tasmin’s first time on air, but indeed her first solo flying, after having participated in Andy Coumbe’s Saturday morning show as a spokesperson for the Gibraltar Heritage Trust’s monthly slot. In fact, it was Andy who informed the young PA to Heritage Trust’s CEO Claire Montado about the part-time radio vacancy recently arisen, and he encouraged her to apply, which she did in her own time.
She debuted last 10th March, with enough confidence to make the transition from previous weekend breakfast presenters quite seamless and actually desirable: she comes across as spontaneous and lively, with the voice modulation of a pro that well adapts to light-hearted segments as well as to the professional enunciation of the news.
Besides reading out the UK papers’ headlines, Tasmin has introduced a ‘feel-good news’ round-up: she scours the internet for positive and unusual news to make your heart go all fuzzy and start your festive day with a smile.
The show is fast-paced: “I most cherish the interaction with my listeners, who contact me through the Radio’s email, Twitter or Facebook accounts, with dedication requests for birthdays or anniversaries, comments on the news, and any issue that may deserve a mention, such as charitable initiatives, awareness days, and public events scheduled for that day or the week ahead. They are the first people I speak to on Sunday mornings, and it feels like family.”
The technical side of the job was tackled with extensive training care by radio head Ian Daniels, and morning presenter Lucinda Snape, as Tasmin had to learn how to manage the microphone and all the buttons on the desk to make sure the right recording, song from the playlist, or jingle are broadcast at the right time, and the link with BBC is launched punctually on the hour.
“I must keep a good balance between talking, not too fast, not too slow, and songs playing – after all, nobody wants to hear a presenter who loves too much the sound of her voice so early on a weekend morning! And I must make sure that the proper segment is played on time, without having to cut songs short just because I am running out of time for the news, or the prize winner is about to be announced.”
If sometimes all that button-flipping, dial-turning and sound-fading may feel overwhelming (“it’s like flying an aircraft!”), she comes well prepared: “I usually make my way to GBC Broadcasting House with plenty of time to spare, as I walk uphill from home, and I tend to be there half an hour earlier to sort out the news, the prizes list and browse for breaking news and content. I settle down at my desk with a cup of hot chocolate, and I am all set up to take your calls.”
“I most cherish the interaction with my listeners, they are the first people I speak to on Sunday mornings, and it feels like family.”
Born in Germany and raised in the UK and the Falkland Island, before making Gibraltar her permanent home, Tasmin has a busy lifestyle, volunteering for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, going horse-riding and practising yoga. She is always keen on being involved with any charity that may need her participation in a personal capacity or her mention on air, so she is inviting their trustees to contact her.
Her weekday job at the Heritage Trust, and at the Gibraltar Museum previously, stemmed from her academic career as a geographer and agricultural scientist, foraying in some field research connection. Even if this was a change in direction from university, she is willing to explore the possibilities of urban and vertical farming in Gibraltar, for example, in view of a PhD – an idea she is seriously considering.
She first-hand experienced farming in the Kalahari Desert, where she spent two weeks to learn about, and to study, soil composition, and to research scientific ways to make the desert flourish, for sustainable agriculture and food security. “I’ve always been interested in physical geography, and since adults encourage kids to go study what they love most, I went for it, in Manchester first, and Exeter later, for my masters.” For this, she spent three months in a Devon farm, focusing on organic phosphate fertiliser.
She comes across as spontaneous and lively, with the voice modulation of a pro.
And for a girl who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to harvest the bounty of rich soils, without relinquishing her sense of style and her elegant manners which transpire through the airwaves, phosphorus is also the metaphor for lighting the infectious flame of positivity, by exquisitely reaching out to radio listeners, Heritage Trust members and charity supporters alike.