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The Maritza Duncan Interview

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Jeff Zycinski | 22:50 UK time, Tuesday, 19 May 2009


I'd met Maritza three times before, but tonight she meant business. She arrived at Pacific Quay reception at five-thirty (exactly on time) and when I went downstairs to meet her I was struck by the steely look in her eye and the definite air of a woman in a hurry.

Maritza Duncan will be a familiar name to listeners of Sunny Govan Radio, the community station that shares our turf here on the south bank of the Clyde. She presents a programme which mixes music with self-help advice. Tonight, though, Maritza was working for a diifferent station.

"It's UCA radio, " she explained, "it's the student radio station based in Ayr. Part of the University of the West of Scotland."

I'd remembered visiting the station some years ago and being very impressed with the studio set-up. Maritza told me that she had arranged to present a short series of programmes which offered students advice on how to 'Make it in the Media'. As a result she had been travelling the length and breadth of Britain interviewing everyone from television producers, to choreographers.

No wonder she was looking so frazzled. I offered her a cup of tea but she was keen to get on with the task in hand. Talk about focus! I mean, who turns down free tea?

I, as it turns out, was the last interviewee on her list. We scurried into one of our most luxurious meetings rooms (it has a sofa) and she switched on her dinky digital recorder complete with built-in stereo microphone and removable memory card.

"So tell me how you got into radio?" she asked.

As regular blog readers will be aware, I'm very shy and don't like talking about myself.

Five hours later she fled into the night and I still hadn't reached the half-way point in my life story. .


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