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About Karen

Karen's desire to work in radio began when she first heard the late Roger Scott on Radio 1 in the late 80's. She volunteered for Mayfield Hospital Radio in Edinburgh, spending 2 years producing the Wednesday night request show (and refusing to go on air!). After graduating from St Andrew's University she did an HNC in Radio Broadcasting at Glenrothes College and helped out on Radio Forth, Radio Lollipop and Radio Scotland.

Karen Miller  

In search of a radio-related job that actually paid, Karen moved to London to work for Satellite Media Services (SMS) who were at that time responsible for sending radio commercials & the IRN news service to ILR stations around the UK. Highlight of this job was meeting all the former Radio 1 DJs she'd listened to as a teenager (Bruno Brookes, Gary Davis, Simon Bates and Johnny Walker) who came into the (short-lived) studio. After 2 years, and sick of night shifts Karen moved to Classic FM, initially as a Sales Assistant but latterly as a Marketing Executive. Karen's final job in London was as an internet developer with an internet company who specialised in writing websites for media companies. They allowed her to move back to Edinburgh where she worked from home for 4 years.  


Karen's love of radio and Americana music continued. She joined another Edinburgh Hospital Radio Station - Red Dot Radio where she presented a 1 hour feature show of Americana and Country music. However, on becoming Station Manager her first task was to sack herself for playing miserable music which wouldn't exactly serve to cheer up the hospital patients! In 2001 after her first (of 8) trips to Austin's SXSW Festival she began presenting and producing - "The Miller Tells Her Tale". Seven years on this show is still going strong (although it's become a podcast due to the demise of SpydaRadio) and is Karen's way of introducing listeners to music by independent artists little heard on other stations.  

Karen produced the BBC Radio Scotland country music show Brand New Country for 5 years which was a fantastic experience. She twice went to Nashville to cover the Americana Music Awards for the BBC and saw some amazing gigs and met country luminaries such as Kenny Rogers. Karen also worked for Vertical Records - the home of Capercaillie, Karen Matheson, James Grant and Dean Owens. She also writes websites - most recently a new site for James Grant. So if you need a website...

Karen joined the CMR Nashville team in 2006, and presents a weekly show "Now That's Americana". The show goes out at 2pm Fridays (UK time) and is repeated at 10pm and again on Saturday at 2am, 10am and 6pm - so 5 chances to hear it! For info on how to listen visit the CMR Nashville website.

Karen also worked for the Glasgow Celtic Connections 2008 Festival, arranging accommodation and booking transatlantic flights for artists and then acting as artist liaison for artists such as Steve Forbert, Jim Lauderdale, Teddy Thompson, Diana Jones, Suzy Bogguss, Elizabeth Cook, Kane Welch Kaplin and Paul Burch. Hard work, but good fun and some great music.

Karen now works on the BBC Radio Scotland website, creating home pages, liaising with programme teams and taking the odd photograph.


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