I’m a single mother of 2 and live in Redditch. I used to listen to roots rock reggae on BBC WM every Saturday – and then in 1993 an opportunity arose to answer the phones for the programme.
I joined BBC WM and fast became a real part of the team - not only answering the phones, but also researching items.
I used to read out letters on air - and one day someone from jail wrote in.
The presenter at that time, Coral Chapman, invited anyone in prison to drop us a line.
Slowly folk started to write in and I used to read out their letters on air - that part of the show become known as "Tracey’s lockdown letters".
Then an inmate from HMP Brockhill suggested we call it "Tracey’s Jailmail". Jailmail went from strength to strength.
In 2001, Keith Beech, the editor of WM, decided that Jailmail could be a show in it's own right – giving it a one hour slot on a Friday night at midnight.
As of 7th July 2006 “Jailmail” was extended to a 2 hour show.
My passion musically is reggae and that is the basis of my show. I’m also passionate about the problems faced by the silent victims of crime - namely the children of prisoners.
I’ve held two charity functions in HMP Brockhill raising money for the NSPCC and Lupus.
Here’s to the last 12 years on BBC WM and looking forward to the next 12 – hopefully!
You can join me every Friday straight after the midnight headlines for "Tracey’s Jailmail" - a letter based programme for inmates and their families.
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