Although her first taste of radio was when she was 8, as part of Timmy Mallet’s Radio Oxford weekend show, the real break came when she worked at the legendary Radio Caroline (at Bristol dock) on the infamous ‘Boat That Rocked’ before moving to London and selling advertising and then writing articles for magazines including Elle, New Woman, Q and NME. Whilst trying to forge a path back to radio, Emma worked in the music business at Creation Records and then at Island Records with artists like U2, Tricky and PJ Harvey.
Emma joined BBC Radio 1 in 1998 and in April 2000 she co-presented the Sunday Surgery show, alongside Dr Mark Hamilton. The Sunday Surgery dealt with ground breaking social and health issues for teenagers, including sex, drugs, poverty and crime. She won 4 Sony Awards for it and has been singled out as having saved lives through the show.
In September 2001, Emma took over Saturday Breakfast as well as the Sunday Surgery show. From 2004–2005, Emma also cropped up on BBC 6 Music, and presented Top of the Pops for the BBC World Service. Emma eventually quit Radio 1 in early 2005 and in August joined London’s Heart 106.2. Emma was the first solo female to ever take the number one spot on the Drive time slot in London. At the same time she hosted her own music TV show on ITV, The Base that ran for 3 series.
Emma even moved to Ibiza with her husband and 2 children where she had a small PR company dealing with clients such as Sony /Columbia Records. She worked for the islands most well known events company, had a weekly radio show on Ibiza based station Sonica and hosted a series of live radio broadcasts from the Pacha Terrace and the DJ Awards 2010.