Nira Arora has been the outgoing host of Virgin Radio’s morning show for over 18 years; Nira is best known for her quirky sense of humour and no fear-based opinions. She has a deep commitment to women, children, and families in her community.
Before joining radio, Nira was a host, reporter, writer and producer for many different television programs and local magazines. She carries with her over two decades of media experience and has become one of the Lower Mainland’s most sought-after and recognizable female voices and faces.
Nira is a wife and mom to her husband Garry and three incredible children- Shae, Aavi, her boys, and Jaya, a girl.
Q: If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
“You’re going to be alright; take a moment to breathe because you will be alright.”
To be honest, I didn’t know; you never really know when it comes to live television and live radio.
You think you know- but in actuality, you do not until you’re in its depths. That is when you realize, ‘oh wait; I CAN do this; I CAN handle this.
Q: What is your number one business goal this year?
It’s a continuation of something that started a couple of years ago. On my morning show, we made a pact to dedicate one break a show to a form of social justice for the community. I do not believe this has ever been done in a Canadian, possibly even North American Top 40 live radio morning show format. I would love for this to continue this year and in the foreseeable future. It was and is one of the proudest moments of my career. To realize that all this change we talk about needs to start within ourselves first for us to truly fight the fight for diversity and social change in our community.
Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in your present career?
Is it super dorky for me to say that I would love to be still doing what I do? I love live radio and especially a morning show. It’s my ultimate passion and what drives me to continue with my 3:45 am alarm clock every weekday morning for the last 18+ years.
Q: What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
My favourite part is being real. I GET to be real, be myself for my job, tell my true stories, and share my most vulnerable moments with listeners who feel connected to us in the most amazing way.
Q: Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
My mantra is “work hard, play hard- give back.”
Hence, I love travelling, taking on new adventures with my family, expanding my career roles and, of course, volunteering in the community.
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