Ella Tait is a New Zealand-born copywriter with a passion for broadcasting and Stevie Nicks. Arriving at Hospital Radio in 2021, Ella became our admin/website guru when Chairman Keith Jolley saw she was rather good with WordPress. One of these days we’ll let her have a crack at presenting. Until then she’s our resident tech whizz and website expert.
Ella grew up listening to her mother’s cassette tapes. Paul Simon’s Graceland always reminds her of road trips in the back of the family’s antique Ford Laser. Her current favourites are Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty. She comes into Hospital Radio Plymouth every Thursday night, but you’ll usually find her singing along to the Eagles as she roars down the A38 on her way to work. It appears Ella may have been born thirty years too late but we love her anyway.
From Mumbai to Melbourne: How did Ella arrive at Hospital Radio Plymouth?
Since graduating from university, the longest Ella Tait has lived in one place was the year she spent in her beloved Melbourne. Before coming to HRP Ella was an avid traveller. She was spending her time ‘continent hopping’ between Asia, Europe and Latin America. The pandemic hasn’t stopped Ella from talking about her backpacking exploits any chance she gets. She found herself in Devon after her Scottish partner got a job in Plymouth. After deciding to study journalism via distance learning, Ella found herself with the quirky characters at HRP. What started as mere work experience has grown into a passion for radio and the work we do here.
As a result of her international travels, Ella has a diverse taste in international music and you’ll usually find her listening to Buena Vista Social Club as she tip taps away at the HRP website. She also loves music from her own country, and she has added a range of Antipodean music from Australia and New Zealand to our collection.
“I never thought I’d find home at a small volunteer-run radio station in South West England but here I am! I’ve met some really interesting characters here at Hospital Radio Plymouth. The work they do here for the patients at Derriford Hospital is nothing short of incredible.”