|Station(s)||Smooth Radio (2007–14)
BBC Radio 2 (1998–present)
Virgin Radio (1996–98)
BBC Radio 1 (1991–96)
Capital Radio (1987–1991)
Having graduated from college with an OND in electronic principles, Parsons started her career working in the television industry, where she was a sound engineer and later a vision mixer. She was a DJ on the pirate soul station JFM before moving to a Saturday night pop music programme at Country Sound in Guilford. In radio, she joined London's Capital FM in 1987 as a weeknight presenter, before moving to Radio 1 in 1991. Initially she was an overnight presenter, but later hosted other shows, and during her time with the network she became the last person to interview the comedian Peter Cook. After leaving Radio 1, she joined Virgin Radio in 1996, spending two years as a presenter there.
In 1998, Parsons joined BBC Radio 2, taking over the Friday and Saturday Overnight slot, where she remained as a full-time presenter until 2003. She was also briefly a presenter of the weekday late show. In 2001, Parsons' show received two hours of phone calls after rival Virgin Radio DJ Jon Holmes requested that his listeners call Parsons to request John Denver's Annie's Song be played. From 2003 she was a stand-in presenter on the network. She had her own early Sunday morning show on Radio 2 from January to April 2010, and later that year stood in for Sarah Kennedy after Kennedy was absent from her Dawn Patrol programme. It was announced on 3 September that Kennedy would not be returning to the network and that Parsons would continue to present the show until a shake up of the Radio 2 schedule in October. In January 2012 it was confirmed she would provide cover for the 6–8 am Saturday breakfast slot after Zoë Ball announced her decision to leave the show, and until another regular presenter was appointed.
She joined 102.2 Smooth Radio in London following its launch in March 2007, later becoming a presenter on its successor, Smooth Radio. From October 2010 she was the breakfast show presenter on the new national Smooth Radio, a role which was taken over by Simon Bates when Bates joined the network in January 2011. Parsons then returned to the weekend mid-morning show. In October 2012 Parsons was confirmed as the new host of the weekday mid morning show on Smooth, replacing Mark Goodier from December. She would be succeeded as weekend presenter by David Prever, who was previously a stand-in presenter at the network. Parsons left Smooth Radio on 28 February 2014.
Her hobbies and interests include Feng Shui, science, the paranormal, English literature, antiques and swimming. She is a regular participant in the 26 mile moonlight walkathon.
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- "Parsons and Allen join Smooth". Radio Today. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Smooth Radio finalises new line-up". Music Week. March 31, 2007. p. 2. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- "Smooth Radio goes national". Radio Today. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- "Parsons replaces Goodier on Smooth Radio". Radio Today. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- John Plunkett "Simon Bates dropped by Smooth Radio", theguardian, 24 February 2014
weekday breakfast show presenter