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Radio 1 introduces first blind DJ

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There will be a new voice on BBC Radio 1 after Christmas and the presenter of the late morning slot is the station’s first DJ living with vision loss.

Lucy Edwards will be entertaining the nation on December 28 and 29.

The 23-year-old told BBC Newsbeat she was “jumping up and down like a bunny rabbit” when she heard the news.

Previewing the new show Lucy said: "We've got my lovely guide dog Olga at my feet. We've got cute cuddly vibes. We've got some amazing tunes to be played."

Her slot will be part of a series of programmes fronted by 35 new presenters hoping to make a lasting impression with the listeners.

Edwards grabbed the channel’s attention after her work as a freelance reporter and her YouTube channel.

Lucy, who has, Incontinentia Pigmenti, said: "I'm so excited to be representing the blind crew, the disabled community.

"I personally think it's really important to stand up and be out there as a blind person saying, 'Hey, I am really really proud of my disability'.

"I'm proud to be who I am. I'm a small, blind, ginger woman from Birmingham."

Giving advice to budding radio presenters Lucy added:

"Always take every opportunity. You don't want to miss anything that comes to you in life.

"I never want to say no to things - building your portfolio is really important.

"Get your microphone out where you are. Maybe even make your own podcast, your own YouTube channel.

"You never know."

Lucy Edwards lost her sight in her right eye at the age of 11, and in her left eye at 17.