In Her Own Words: Nova partners with Mediaweek for podcast series on inspirational women in radio

The series features interviews with eight inspirational women in radio.

Nova Entertainment has created a special podcast series featuring interviews with eight inspirational women in diverse media roles.

In Her Own Words has launched on Thursday March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The series looks at resilience, career highs and lows, balance and how these women juggle the demands of life and people around them.

The conversational interviews were conducted for Nova by James Manning, editor of Mediaweek, and are introduced by Ash Gardner, Nova news journalist.

In Her Own Words features a selection of different women working within Nova Entertainment. Highlights include:

Cathy O’Connor – Chief Executive Officer
“Companies and boards, and male executives in particular, need to change their view of what work looks like and be prepared to really judge their staff around output and productivity, not presence.”

Melissa Doyle – smoothfm weekend host & TV news journalist
“I wish we sometimes didn’t have such a divide. I think men can support women just as much as women can. It’s not a gender-specific thing.”

Kate Murphy – National Commercial Strategy Director CREATE
“If you are going to be successful commercially you can’t be waiting for the brief or waiting for the market to be buoyant enough to justify your existence… we keep ourselves busy with trying to stimulate the market and new opportunities.”

Chrissie Swan – Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast show
“The real heroes are the women that are working proper full-time hours, not like me… and trying to connect with their children, keep their relationship on track and pay the bills. That’s tough. How do they do it? Let me tell you they’re not sitting on the couch thinking, look at me, I’ve got it all.”

Tamie Williams – National Head of Direct Sales
“I’ve always been very passionate about sales, been very passionate about people. If you do your job consistently to the best of your ability, it will lead you down a path where you can add the most value to the business and clients.”

Jennifer Hansen – smoothfm 91.5’s breakfast show news journalist/co-host
“I am at a good point in my life for sure. We all go through terrible ups and downs and problems that come out of the blue – everyone does – but I think the most important thing is to look at the positives you have in your life and focus on them.”

Nat Locke – Nova 93.7’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun breakfast show
“Sometimes you’ve got to take a leap of faith – the whole ‘fake it till you make it’ kind of thing. I never expected at the outset that I’d still be sitting here 15 years later.”

Claire Marshall – Music Marketing Director
“You have to be clear on what you want and you have to be patient because it’s all not going to land in your lap.”

In Her Own Words launches today for International Women’s Day, with a further four episodes released on Friday March 9. To listen to all episodes, subscribe to the Mediaweek Podcast on iTunes, or listen online below or at

Pictured top: Cathy O’Connor, Chrissie Swan, Mel Doyle, Nat Locke

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