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Fiona with Gaelic singer Julie FowlisNPR recently sent Fiona a series of questions as part of their ProFile Blog.  Here's what she had to say:

My name... Fiona Ritchie

With NPR since… I signed my first contract with NPR in 1990, although I've been broadcasting nationally on public radio since 1983.

Public radio listener since… 1981

My job at NPR is... creating music radio, web streams, podcasts from the heart of Scotland for NPR. Music fights for our attention from every media outlet. I want to guide our listeners through it all by leading them straight to authentic, passionate music and to the innovative artists and tradition-bearers who make it.

The one word I always stumble over on air is...

...well I didn't think I had one but now you've mentioned it, I'll probably struggle to get through the next sentence…

In my suitcase, you’ll find …

...a flat-packed spare holdall to cope with the fact that luggage always expands before the return journey.

I use social media to…

...share new music recommendations, keep up with musicians' news, find inspiration, be surprised.

When I go in for a taping, I always have…

...my trusty 25-year old Seiko sound producer stopwatch, and a cup of tea.

I’m not as…

...sensible as I sound.

The Newscast headline reporting the last year in my life would be…

"Scottish centenarian Fiona Ritchie debuts shiny new state-of-the art radio technology"

On Sunday morning, you’ll find me…

...listening to my favorite radio program: Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music.

I’ve learned the most about radio from…

...listening to local radio stations, the good the bad and the funky!

I can’t live without…

...seeing my children sleeping peacefully at the end of each busy day.

If I could share a coffee with anyone, it would be...

...Sir David Attenborough.

I always smile when...

...I'm trying very hard to convey a disapproving expression to my children.

When I tell people I work for NPR, they often say...

...where's that? (I live in Scotland).

Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me that...

...I've been working in radio for over 30 years!

All Things Considered…

...I'm a very lucky woman.

Tell Me More…

...about yourself.

Ask Me Another question about...

...the best tea rooms, coffee shops and home baking in Perthshire (Scotland).

Who is a breath of Fresh Air..?

Julie Fowlis.  (I just interviewed Julie, the Scottish singer who sang beautifully on the soundtrack for Disney Pixar's Oscar-winning animation "Brave". Hear the interview on The Thistle & Shamrock (Listen Again)

I wanted to be…

...an explorer when I grew up.

My next gadget will be…

...something to combine the functions of all my other gadgets in one pocket-sized device.

I listen best when...

...I don't have a deadline to meet.

Listening is most important when…

...children have anything they want to tell you.

I make it a point to never miss...

...a chance to buy what I need in my local village shops.

The color green makes me think of...

...home.

Finally, two music-related questions:

My favorite traditional Irish tune is...

...Cumha Eoghan Ruaidh Uí Néill (Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill).

The Celtic instrument I could listen to forever is...

...the sound of a pure unaccompanied voice, singing in Irish or in Scots Gaelic.

 


 

From the Archives....

All Songs Considered

On this special video edition of NPR's All Songs Considered, Fiona talks about some of the artists shaping new Scottish music.

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Hear Fiona as the "Not My Job" guest on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program with host Peter Sagal and judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell.

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Morning Edition

Bob Edwards speaks with Fiona about the early Celtic traditions that foreshadowed the modern commercial re-invention of Halloween. The true origins of the celebration date back centuries.

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