News anchors and radio personalities are not usually the ones getting interviewed. Anne Hudson is the exception. When we ran into her earlier this month, we couldn’t help but be charmed by her personality and infectious laugh. She is YNN’s Lifestyle reporter and the morning radio show host of Mosser and Hudson Mornings on 98.1 KVET. Austin Fusion followed her around for an afternoon of style reporting and being fabulous. In between takes we asked her how she got to be so accomplished.
AFM: How long have you been working in television and radio?
AH: Over 10 years. I’ve worked for Clear Channel since 2001. I was a VJ for ME Television for four years and now I’m the lifestyle reporter for YNN Austin. I’ve been doing radio and television since I graduated college.
AFM: We know you as the YNN Lifestyle reporter, “Fashionably Yours” and faithfully watch your weekly style guide on Wednesdays. Tell us a little more about your other day job.
AH: Well, I also host a morning radio show, it’s called Mosser and Hudson Mornings on 98.1 KVET. We have fun on the air, we talk about a bunch of different topics, we try to keep it local and talk about what’s going on in Austin. We also discuss national news, but it’s a blast because Mosser and I are both polar opposites. He is a self proclaimed geek and I love gossip, fashion, celebrities all that kind of stuff, so while we both think the other is ridiculous, it works and it’s a fun fit.
AFM: You are kind of unique, in that you are one of the only weekly televised style guides for the Austin area. Why do you think that is?
AH: When it comes to “Fashionably Yours” and our style guide of future fashionable events, good sales, the latest trends, etc. Austin has many talented designers and we have a great fashion outlet here, and it really isn’t highlighted in the media. It’s growing, it’s evolving, and I want to share that with the viewers.
AFM: That is similar to our reason for starting this magazine. There is so much Austin, Tx. has to offer in the fashion arena. So, if you were to throw two local designer labels out there, who would it be?
AH: Well, I’m about to shoot a segment with local designer Theresa Kopecky of tessdress.com. She has a sweet sense of style and makes these lovely dresses and pencil skirts , think ’50s/’60s style. And of course our local fashion star himself, Ross Bennett. Ross offered to design a dress for me to wear to the Austin Fashion Awards. This will be my first experience with a designer actually making something for me. I want to make sure I wear it well for him. It is an honor and I’m very exciting to see what he comes up with!
AFM: With all that you have going on, how do you do it?!
AH: I have a strict schedule I have to keep, especially with two little ones to take care of. I am up at 3:30 a.m. and in bed by 8 p.m. I put my kids to bed and then I go to bed. I have to stay disciplined about it because if I don’t get enough sleep, I can’t fake feeling good. I also have a radio partner to think about in the morning on the radio (Mosser) and for both of us to deal with each other and not have enough sleep, well let’s just say things could get ugly (laughs). But, for family life, our schedule works. I am home early in the day and I get to spend most of my day with them. My husband is a musician so he travels on the weekend, but during the week our family is together more than any family I know. It’s a great life.
AFM: When it comes to family and career you seem to have it all figured out! Most of our readers are embarking on a career in the film, radio, fashion, art, music or photography field. What advice can you offer those who choose to follow in your footsteps?
AH: When I graduated from Texas Tech with my broadcast journalism degree, I started out in the small town of Bowling Green, Ky. When you first start out you have to get your feet wet. I was there for a year working for a cluster of radio stations, I only made $13,000 my first year (it was brutal), and then I got a job offer in Austin as the traffic reporter for KASE 101 and the Zone, and it just evolved through the years. So to answer your question, my advice would be: Take advantage of your internships, get as many national networks, magazine, television, radio internships as you can. It’s an invaluable experience, even though they aren’t paying you. In the end, the experience is priceless and will set you apart from the other applicants. Another thing I would add is, always have a positive attitude.
From penniless intern to Austin fashion guru, Hudson’s journey through the exciting and unpredictable world of media arts coverage is an inspiring one. Whether you’re seeking up to date fashion advice, looking for an interesting airwaves conversational duo, or merely looking for an example of success as an aspiring journalist, her coverage should supply some knowledge, laughs, and maybe a bit of inspiration. Keep an eye out for her Austin exploits.