Merseyside's Helen Jones loves being 'the voice on the radio'

'Often you're bringing listeners simple companionship'

‘I've wanted to work in radio ever since I was 13,’ says Helen Jones, the religious affairs producer at BBC Radio Merseyside.

Helen has worked at the station for 18 years in various roles. Since 2012 she has produced and presented the Daybreak programme which is broadcast every Sunday morning from 6–9am.

Daybreak reflects what's happening across all religious communities in Merseyside, Cheshire and West Lancashire and discovers how people are living out their faith. It's a forum for debate on the big moral issues of the day and includes a weekly half-hour act of worship.

Before joining the BBC, Helen was a residential youth worker for Shrewsbury Diocese at Dehon House in Wirral. She earned a Diploma in Pastoral Studies at Oxford. Interviewing legendary comedian Ronnie Barker (‘one of my heroes’) had earlier helped Helen gain a first-class degree in Media at the University of Bedfordshire.

‘Being “the voice on the radio” is a real privilege,’ says Helen. ‘You're not just keeping listeners informed and entertained. Often you're bringing them simple companionship.’

Neston-born Helen is one of BBC Radio Merseyside's established female presenters. One of her favourite radio moments was covering Pope Francis's visit to Ireland last year. That assignment meant an opportunity to revisit the Marian Shrine at Knock in County Mayo: she had been there aged eight with her mum back in 1979 on pilgrimage to see Pope John Paul II.

BBC Radio Merseyside is the most-listened-to BBC local radio station outside London. Helen loves being the station's breakfast-time ambassador each Sunday morning, waking up the region and easing listeners into the day with features, interviews and music.

At 7.30am Helen's ‘News from the Pews’ slot gives faith communities the chance to share updates about events such as fundraisers, talks and church services.

Why not share your news with Helen? You can contact the show by emailing helen.jones@bbc.co.uk to be part of an award-winning show keeping Merseyside informed and inspired.