August 13, 2014

An Interview with Canberra 666 ABC Radio

Well my friends, it’s been a whirlwind 24hrs, yesterday I received a phone call from a fellow foodie blogger telling me I absolutely must answer my phone as 666 ABC Canberra radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs wanted to interview little ol me for a segment called ‘Food Warriors’.

Not even 24hrs later I arrived at the studios, selfie stick & camera in hand, ready to capture my first ever radio experience. Not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous, the more I thought about what I was about to do, the more I felt like, ugh, my throat was closing up. Kind of like, anaphylactic. #cough #hickup

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I was ushered from a fishbowl holding room of sorts into the studio with Genevieve & sat in front of the giant microphone gulping what felt like the last remaining air on the planet, I really don’t know why I was so nervous because it was a chilled conversation all about me, my social media following, food and shenANNAgans, all things I know a bit about right?!

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15 minutes went by in a flash and I realized I had kind of enjoyed the experience. Its totally cool to say I’ve earned the title of Canberra’s first Food Warrior, and all because I am lucky enough to eat amazing food prepared by some of the best Chefs in the country and yet I hardly ever cook anymore. How lucky am I?!

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No sooner had I returned to work at the Press Club to be pulled in for a photo with Dick Smith (The founder of Dick Smith Electronics) & Graham Turner (The founder & CEO of Flight Centre) – I mean seriously, Holy Guacamole … Awesome … Cool… Phewwww… That sure was one fun little media filled day.

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Rosemarie - September 18, 2014 Reply

What an amazing day that is!!! Congratulations!! It must have been so much fun to be interviewed live on radio!! Is the recorded interview available online?

    Anna - September 18, 2014 Reply

    Oh it was sooooo cool Rosemarie. I was nervous as heck before and during the interview, but proud as punch when it was done. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats. The interview is on my YouTube Channel. 🙂 Here is the link.

Sriprae - September 5, 2014 Reply

Way AWESOME, Anna!!! Big congratulations to you, my friend! How exciting! I wish I could hear your interview. Isn’t that the thing though, we get nervous when we encounter or embark on something new? Sounds like she’s a lovely radio host. I’m very glad you got to enjoy the experience and talk about the things you love. Way to go, Anna!! 🙂 xo

    Anna - September 6, 2014 Reply

    Thank you my friend. 🙂
    I have posted the interview on my YouTube channel so you can listen. I cant believe how ‘Aussie’ I sound. LOL!
    I appreciate your very kind words Sriprae. You rock! 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - August 28, 2014 Reply

That’s amazing Anna! Go food warrior ! 🙂 Congratulations on the recognition — you are a legend (as with the other iconic people you were with)

    Anna - August 28, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much Jean! Once the nerves settled, I enjoyed the experience. The series is becoming rather popular, it’s great to see my fellow foodie bloggers being recognized too. 🙂

Sophie - August 25, 2014 Reply

What a fun opportunity for you, sweet Anna! Xxx

    Anna - August 25, 2014 Reply

    It really was Sophie. I had a ball (once I got over the nerves). 🙂

Dedy@Dentist Chef - August 24, 2014 Reply

wow, that’s wesome,
i hope i gotta chance later on……

    Anna - August 25, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Dedy! 🙂 It was pretty cool!

Krista - August 22, 2014 Reply

I’m grinning SO big!! GO ANNA!!! WOOHOOHOO!!! You totally rocked both of those amazing encounters. 🙂

    Anna - August 22, 2014 Reply

    Wow, thanks heaps Krista. 🙂

Cityhippyfarmgirl - August 20, 2014 Reply

Go Anna!! That sounds like an awesome 24 hours!
Very impressed you met Dick Smith, he’s a whole basketful of wonderful that man.

    Anna - August 20, 2014 Reply

    It was A-MAZING!!! 🙂 One of those days were I had to keep pinching myself to be sure it was real. LOL!
    Yes Dick Smith is a wonderful man, so down to earth and very kind, a great speaker too. Had us all captivated with his address.

Fran - August 19, 2014 Reply

Nice one, will keep an ear out for the recording of it. Next you’ll be doing the red carpet at the Grammy’s For Radio, and we’ll be wowing at your awesome frock n ‘do…Anna the Celeb

    Anna - August 20, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Fran. 🙂
    I am on the hunt for the recording, as soon as I have it, Ill post it somewhere.
    Hahaha… Red carpet, now that sounds fun. LOL!

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - August 19, 2014 Reply

This is SO awesome! CONGRATS. You are a star 🙂

    Anna - August 19, 2014 Reply

    Thanks lovely Erin! It sure was a lot of fun. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - August 19, 2014 Reply

You better post it here if you find it! You go girl, high 5s and hugs!

    Anna - August 19, 2014 Reply

    Teehee! Thanks heaps Pamela!
    As soon as I find it, Ill post it. 🙂

Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong - August 18, 2014 Reply

Wow! Thats so AWESOME Anna!! Congratulations! ! I am sure you were brilliant! ! You rock girl!! 😀 😀

    Anna - August 19, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much for that lovely comment Arpita. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - August 16, 2014 Reply

What an honour. Congratulations. I would have been so nervous. It sounds like you coped and managed the stress and unfamiliar environment so well. I’ve always wanted to meet Dick Smith – such an inspiring individual xx

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Charlie, and yes, I was super nervous, but that didn’t cut through too much, which is awesome. 🙂
    Dick Smith was super lovely, both gents were. It was an action packed day.

Agness - August 16, 2014 Reply

I’m sure you did fantastic!! 🙂 I’ve never been to the radio! 🙂 Lucky you!! :)x

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Agness. 🙂
    Teehee, it was a little intimidating, but when I relaxed into the experience, it was fun.
    Hope the packing for your move to Holland is going swell.

Kris - August 16, 2014 Reply

Absolutly pimpin. Congratulations on the first food warrior title. It must of been pretty nerve racking leading up to the radio interview. I cannot wait to hear it in full. So keep me posted when you get it!!!
What an honor getting to meet Dick Smith and Grahan Turner too. Very impressive people.

Another great read. Till next week.

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha! Thanks Nizz. xox
    It was pretty darn scary, I swear I used my daily quota of saliva in that 30 minute period. LOL.
    Yep, very lucky getting to meet those 2 men, and they were just 2 down to earth fellas too. Sooooo impressive.
    As always, thanks for your support. xox

Choc Chip Uru - August 16, 2014 Reply

OMG Anna you are actually famous, this is so cool! CONGRATS 😀
I know you were amazing!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    LOL! Thanks CCU, you are the best. 🙂

Allison - August 15, 2014 Reply

So cool! You’re famous! What a fantastic experience. 🙂

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    Awwwhhhh… I wouldn’t go that far lovely Allison, but it sure was great being asked to be involved with such a cool segment. 🙂

Alice - August 15, 2014 Reply

So awesome Anna!!! I can see you’re a hard worker, who’s probably on the go, quite a bit! How fantastic to see hard work never goes unnoticed! Big congrats 🙂

    Anna - August 17, 2014 Reply

    Giant hugs coming at you Miss Alice. xoxox
    Thank you for that beautiful comment, I really appreciate your kind words and the support you offer.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - August 15, 2014 Reply

I bet you did brilliantly! I am sure there are plenty more radio interviews for you in your future! 😀

    Anna - August 15, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Lorraine. 🙂 It was a lot of fun, and fingers crossed for more fun adventures in the future.

Mandy - The Complete Book - August 14, 2014 Reply

Woohoo!!! How cool are you!!! What a girl, you are awesome Anna, it’s no wonder the radio station wanted to interview you – you are gonna be famous by the time you come and visit!
Love and happy hugs to you dear.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - August 15, 2014 Reply

    How crazy lucky am I to have such beautiful and wonderful friends from all over the globe who cheer me on. Thank you lovely Mandy for your beautiful words. Giant hugs and loves coming at you. Xox

My Inner Chick - August 14, 2014 Reply


How do I listen? Do you have an Australian Accent!!!??

    Anna - August 14, 2014 Reply

    Haha! It was kinda fun. 🙂
    I am on the hunt for a recording, as soon as I have it, I’ll post it ‘somewhere’. Stay tuned!
    Well I just asked my colleagues if I have an Aussie accent and they said, today you do. However… sometimes you sound American & sometimes a bit English. LOL!

Hannah - August 14, 2014 Reply

Congratulations!!! You sounded amazing!!!

What fantastic and fabulous things have been happening in my world lately?

Well… On the weekend I got to venture to the Phillip Ice Skating Rink, with a super amazing gal, and got to experience Ice Hockey for the first time! Soooo much fun! GO the CBR Brave!!


    Anna - August 14, 2014 Reply

    Nawhhh… thank you so much, you are a super friend! 🙂
    YEASSSS, Ice Hockey rocked, one hell of a sport huh? Violent, but Im hooked.
    #CBRBrave 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - August 14, 2014 Reply

Well, that was a day to remember, Anna – congrats and I am sure you did brilliantly:)

    Anna - August 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Rachel. And yeasssss… It was one awesome fun filled day. 🙂

Elizabeth - August 13, 2014 Reply

Well that is exciting! congratulations! Liz x

    Anna - August 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Liz. ‘Twas a fabulous day. 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - August 13, 2014 Reply

Wonderful! So glad Genevieve got hold of you. Sorry I missed the interview but I bet you rocked.

    Anna - August 13, 2014 Reply

    I am on the hunt for a recording of the interview which Ill post ‘somewhere’. 🙂
    Thanks for your continued support lovely Lizzy! xoxox

Elias Hallaj - August 13, 2014 Reply

Nice work Anna… I heard it and you nailed it!

…next you’ll be doing regular foodie news for them… hey there’s an idea! how about going on every time you have a big event (charity/speaker/etc.) at the NPC and give it a big old loud radio plug??

pay me later 😉

    Anna - August 13, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Elias, really REALLY… Thank You! 🙂
    Haha… That sounds like a brilliant idea, however… it’d be tough getting around the whole no advertising or promoting businesses on ABC?! BUT… Its a solid idea.

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