■ The Heart Radio presenter, 39, tells Metro about her love of cassettes and Nintendo gaming
What have been the biggest tech changes in your radio work?
I started in radio while at Nottingham Trent university. We used cartridges to play out the adverts but everything is digital now. On Heart Dance we use the Zetta playout system.
Do you drive your own desk?
Absolutely — that’s really important. I want the production to sound as tight as possible. I’m a bit obsessed with things sounding tight and bright.
Is streaming killing radio?
Absolutely not — you can listen to music in many formats and it’s easier to listen to radio than ever before. Our Global Player app has a feature where you can skip tracks or create your own playlists, so it’s interactive. It gives you control.
What gadgets made an early impression on you?
I had a brown Fisher-Price cassette recorder when I was four and it never left my side. I found it recently in my mum’s loft and it still works. It had Kylie’s Enjoy Yourself in it, which is my favourite album. I used it to record myself pretending to be a radio presenter. It’s so nice that cassettes are making a comeback. We’re given everything too easily now — it’s nice to do something that takes a bit more time and effort. I’ve still got every CD I ever bought. I like sleeve notes and you don’t get that with digital music.
What do you listen to music on at home?
A Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air, which is a giant rugby ball-shaped speaker. It was a present from a friend and it’s brilliant. I stream everything through it and it’s bassy. And I’ve still got my old Technics stereo with the five-CD tray.
What other retro tech should make a comeback?
The Nintendo Game Boy. I had one when I was a child. My brother was better than me at playing Tetris while I was better than him at Mario. I’ve now got the retro SNES Classic Mini, which is great. It comes with Mario Kart, Zelda, Super Mario and Yoshi’s Island preloaded, and 20 games in total.
Are you fussy about headphones?
Yes, I use Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros. The sound quality is really crisp.
What’s been your most disappointing gadget purchase?
A couple of years ago I bought in-ear ’phones by Atomic Floyd SuperDarts. Everyone said they were amazing but I thought they were a letdown. They weren’t loud enough for me and I used them in the gym a couple of times and one of the earbuds died.
What beauty tech do you use?
My GHD hair straighteners. They heat up quickly, turn themselves off if you forget and they last a long time. They’re fantastic. If I could invent a beauty gadget it would be a make-up booth that would just spray make-up on to your face so you were good to go.
■ Lucy Horobin can be heard on Heart Dance weekdays 4pm to 7pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm