Louisa Hannan

Louisa is a radio and TV presenter and journalist with over 20 years experience of live broadcasting. Equally at home with speech and news programming as entertainment and music, Lou is currently presenting the daily Drivetime show for BBC Radio Solent, covering Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Prior to this, she spent many years in Oxford presenting BBC Radio Oxford’s Mid-Morning show and, latterly, the Breakfast show.

Away from daily radio presentation, she also fronts corporate videos and podcasts, is an experienced media trainer in both the charity and Blue Chip sectors, does voiceover work and frequently pops up on TV as a presenter and reporter.

Lou is also an accomplished event host, thriving in front of a live audience whether it be in a corporate or entertainment environment. She has hosted everything from award ceremonies and conferences to compering cookery theatre and stage variety shows.

Behind the scenes, Lou is as experienced producer, having re-launched many mainstream shows on BBC radio and won permanent licences for numerous commercial stations around the country. Over the years, Lou’s proud to have worked with the likes of Richard Allinson, Sybil Ruscoe, Pat Sharp and Timmy Mallett! But, it’s not just radio… she’s also worked as a Script Editor on the BBC’s flagship soap EastEnders, on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast in the late nineties and at Central Television.

Outside of work, Lou’s passionate about the theatre and has enjoyed producing her own shows, including a West End cabaret shows but in smaller venues around the UK for audiences who don’t necessarily get to London or who can afford the ticket prices in the Capital.

She also enjoys the simple pleasures in life, like walking the miniature dachshund, Josh (aka Little Man) she shares with her mum and, of course, shoe shopping.

To this end, Lou added: “At the moment, there is not one orifice in my house which isn’t stuffed with shoes. I love them – stilettos are my favourite – the higher the better”. Lou has well over 600 pairs now, and obviously she can hardly walk in most of them. She’s a self-confessed “clean freak” and ends up scaring visitors to her house when she starts rubbing baby oil into her stainless steel hob!

Q & A

1. How did you get into radio?

It’s the same old story – I worked for free and eventually it paid off! When I first started, I was doing mad split shifts for six months, working seven days a week and having a second job at Central TV, so it was a hectic time.

2. What was your first broadcast?

It was on Thames Valley FM presenting the travel news.

3. What other jobs have you done besides broadcasting?

My first ever job was as a perfume assistant in Boots! I’ve also worked as a Script Editor at EastEnders and done numerous other jobs including teaching adults computer skills and I’ve worked as Assistant Stage Manager on a touring musical.

4. What would you like to be if you weren’t a radio presenter?

I always wanted to be a primary school teacher, but there was a flaw in the plan when I realised I don’t really like children… I also have an ambition to become a Private Investigator or a full-time theatre producer.

5. What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I have a bizarre shoe fetish! I have over 600 pairs. I also appeared in an episode of Holby City and I can do the splits.