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.