Leona Graham has been working in the radio and voiceover industry for many years presenting radio programmes, voicing station idents and using her voice talent on television and radio commercials.
Leona’s radio career started at W963 – University Radio Warwick in 1989 where she presented the ‘Thursday Night Rock Show’ and a nightly news/magazine programme called ‘Weekday Warwick’. After Uni in 1993 she spent some time on community radio in Nottingham.
Her break came in 1995 when she helped write the winning application for Choice FM in Birmingham, where she became the overnight DJ. She made the move to London to become the DJ for Radio Top Shop, known then as FTV and landed a major voice over job voicing Channel 4′s ‘Passengers’.
A year later, she moved to Portsmouth to present Early Breakfast and co-host The Breakfast Show on 103.2 Power FM. In 1997 she moved away from co-hosting to take the reigns at Drivetime on 96.4 The Eagle in Guildford. She also became the female voice of Capital Radio, London at this time.
Leona went on to become the UK’s first female breakfast anchor, launching Surf 107.2 in Brighton in 1998. Digital Radio launched in 1999 and Leona wanted to be involved moving to Core Radio in 1999.
At the end of the 90′s Leona’s voice over career had taken off. She was the voice of BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio 1, the GWR Group and The Box TV.
In early 2000 her radio career caught up too when she joined Virgin Radio as a DJ (renamed Absolute Radio in 2008, and not connected to the DAB Virgin Radio of 2016). She gave up the radio voice overs elsewhere to become exclusive to (the original) Virgin Radio. From 2001-2010 she became the female voice of Virgin and then Absolute for which she was part of the Sony Radio Award for Imaging in 2010. She remains at the station as one of the most popular DJ’s. Her TV voice overs continued becoming the main voice of E4 for 2 years, and one of the prominent voices at ITV1 promos, BBC TV promos and Sky1 amongst others.
Leona is the mid-morning host on Absolute Radio 10am-1pm. Plus she is on air daily at two of their digital stations.
She interviews many rock legends including Brian Johnson and Slash on Absolute Classic Rock, launched in 2003 where Leona was the very first presenter. She presents a daily programme on the station from 1-4pm Monday to Fridays, plus Sundays evenings 9-11pm on ‘Forgotten Rock’ where she gets to let rip with her favourite album tracks and rarities. In January 2010 Leona was part of another new station, Absolute 80s on DAB all over the UK. Leona hosts Hometime 4-8pm, Saturdays 4-6pm and Sundays 2-4pm helping the station to become the no.1 commercial digital station in the UK.
At the moment, Leona’s voice overs can be heard on Virgin Media TV doing many movie trailers. She can be heard internationally providing global voice overs. She is the main station voice of South Africa’s – 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 KFM & Solid Gold Weekends on Talk Radio 702 & 567. Plus the new Virgin Radio Lebanon and Virgin Radio Bangkok – Virgin Hitz. She is also one of the voices on the Canadian stations 102.3 Now Radio, in Edmonton and Niagara’s new 2DAY FM. Leona owns High Voltage Media and not only voices audio, but makes it too: fully produced audio packages, most recently for new clients in Kenya and Niagara, Canada.
Leona has a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Drama, and is a qualified school teacher. She is married, has 4 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats and lives in Wimbledon! She renovates and lets properties in her spare time as well as getting away with her family to her beach hut.