You might say that Alison grew up in a radio studio.
Her mother worked for Radio Hong Kong and she used to work for the World Service out there, and write and read her own stories on children's hour. She also sang, read out her own poetry and had parts in radio dramas.
The English radio services were enormously important to expats in the Far East.
It was the only way of keeping in touch with "home" news and for teenagers, the only way to know what was number one on the Hit Parade (as it was called then!).
After leaving drama school, Alison taught actors voice and speech/dialect, and then started doing voluntary work on hospital radio after she had a baby.
She then went onto a job on Channel 4 as an announcer for six months. The World Service was next, and after that came BBC Radio 4, where she's been since 1989.
Outside broadcasting Alison enjoys reading, films, playing the violin, looking after her animals (one dog, 3 cats), swimming, writing, playing around with her computer and cooking.
Click here to listen to Alison Rooper talk about her career