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TOP NEW TALENT FOR 2018: 10 Questions with Crystal Vas

Radio Today has named Crystal Vas as a Top New Talent to Watch in 2018 and beyond.

Receiving ACRA nominations for Best On-Air Team (regional/provincial) for the last two years running, Crystal worked as part of two different breakfast shows at Power FM in Bega before being promoted to the Grant Broadcasters station in Nowra.

Covering the fun, the awkward and even the serious topics she’s most passionate about, Crystal believes she’s creating some of her best radio to date.

“With guidance from many influential people within the industry such as Sean Craig Murphy, Mickey Maher, Luke Toohey and Dean Kesby, I think I’ve now really found myself as an announcer, and really pride myself on delivering ‘real’ content,” she told Radio Today.

Below, Crystal answers Ten Questions from Radio Today.

  • Who/what inspired you to choose a career in radio?

My school teachers weren’t surprised when I got a career in radio, because honestly I spent more time out of the classroom in trouble for being a distraction then I spent in the class. I was pretty involved in a local youth council in Adelaide and did a short youth program at the local station PBAFM and thought “oh yeah, I could do this”.

I then did Sean Craig Murphy’s Australian Radio School “Introduction to Radio” course and then just totally fell in love with radio. I started volunteering at Adelaides Fresh927, and the rest is history!
  • Most memorable on-air moment so far?

Gosh, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. But my current co-host Sam Blacker enjoys stitching me up which I LOVE. He sent me on a “blind” date for Valentine’s Day where I was literally blindfolded. Wine was spilt everywhere, it was an absolute mess… like most dates for me in regular life really!

Crystals Blind Date

Do you know anyone as awkward at dating as Crystal?- Sam

Posted by 94.9 Power FM on Tuesday, 13 February 2018

  • What was the most awkward moment you had in your early years of radio?
When I was hosting a youth current affairs program on Adelaide’s Fresh, we did a show on the sex work industry.
My young innocent mind decided I would ask if “downstairs” starts to get a little bit loose after working in that career path for a while.
I was then given a list of pelvic floor exercises by the hilarious guest we had in. As an angel 17-year-old still on her V- plates, I was VERY red faced!
  • What’s one radio skill that you’ve mastered, and what’s one radio skill that you’re currently working on?
I’ve definitely nailed letting people into my private life, but I may need to work on not letting people know too much… well, mum reckons I do anyway.
  • How do you prepare for your shift on-air?

Stalking the Kardashians on social media and going through my Snapchat story from Saturday night are usually the go-to!

  • How does the person you are on air differ from the person you are off air?

I’m the same person on-air as off-air 100%… which, anyone who listens to the show would agree, is a bit of a concern.

  • What’s the one piece of advice you were given that you can pass along?
A few years ago I caught up with Wave FM’s Mel Greig for lunch, who is known for being incredible at opening up about some
of the personal issues in her life such as her struggles with endometriosis.
She gave me confidence me to talk about the tougher topics in life, and made me understand how much talking about the things you’re stuggling with can help someone listening who’s going through the same.
  • Sum up working in radio in three words.

Wild. Challenging. Fun.

  • What’s your dream radio job?
I would love to do breakfast on the Gold Coast. All of my best memories of growing up were family holidays there, going to Movie World, getting pics with Batman and eating way to many hot dogs.
  • If you weren’t working in radio, what would you be doing?
I honestly don’t know, since talking is basically the only thing I’m good at. I can’t dance, so that’s stripping out the window.
I guess i’d be an emcee on a whale watching cruise or something…

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