Along with Mike Puru and Dom Harvey, she helps commuters ease their way through the morning traffic, jump-starting our day with bright and breezy quips and silly stunts on The Edge's breakfast show.

But allow Jay-Jay Feeney to set aside her outrageous radio persona for a moment and there lies a woman who's put herself through counselling, including the latest craze of 'tapping', in an effort to bring some order to her crazy life.

'I'm a drama magnet. There is always a new drama in my life and I take on the stress of everything,' Jay-Jay confesses.

'I am trying so hard to get rid of it all. I went to counselling, lightened up some of my workload and tried to get rid of a few people in my life who cause me stress.'

The vivacious presenter is also trying to get closure by finding her biological father. Jay-Jay's mum, Robynne, was just 15 when she fell pregnant to a 22-year-old photographer. She never saw him again.

Family is important to 37-year-old Jay-Jay. She is close to her nana Jacqui Andersen, 81, and regularly visits her in Whitianga. Sadly, Jacqui recently suffered a stroke.

'I rang her, and it must have just happened because she was saying, "Help me, help me, I think I am dying". She had no idea who I was. I was freaking out and rang my cousin who lives around the corner – she went straight there. The doctor said that if I hadn't rung her she probably would have died.'

Jay-Jay and husband, Dom, 38, are desperately trying to start a family. They're raising her eight-year-old nephew Seven because his former jailbird and drug-addict father cannot.

They want a child of their own, but Dom had a tumour in his aorta which has wrecked his fertility, leaving the couple struggling to conceive. They have had four failed IVF attempts and plan to try one more, though the procedure is physically and emotionally draining.

'Dom loves kids. They are drawn to him and he relates to them,' his devoted wife explains. But Jay-Jay leaves all her troubles behind once she steps into the radio studio and turns on the adrenalin.

The lively trio of Mike, Dom and Jay-Jay can persuade listeners to phone in and confess their most bizarre, funny and intimate moments.

They convinced strangers Paula Stockwell and Zane Nicholl to wed live on air after a month-long promotion to find a willing couple. The pair met for the first time at the altar on their big day. They are still together 11 years later and have three beautiful children – Max, 10, Jack, seven, and two-year-old Olive.

It's no wonder Jay-Jay has sought normality in counselling. But the funny woman of the airwaves even jokes about why she eventually ditched an alternative therapy which involves tapping various parts of your body while repeating affirmations.

'I stopped the counselling because I had enough of tapping my forehead,' she says, demonstrating the technique. 'It was just too wacky,' adds Jay-Jay, who's renowned for her bizarre stunts – including playing naked tennis on the streets of Hamilton with only body paint to protect her modesty. 'I'm cracking up all the time I'm in there, tapping my forehead and saying stupid things to myself.

'I went on a parenting course too, and you got a lolly if you did your homework. The way they teach you is just too kooky for me.'

Chickening out of a bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge was a personal low for chirpy Jay-Jay. She agreed to take the challenge for a Wheel of Misfortune stunt and earn $1500 for a single mum who needed cash to buy her daughter a school uniform and other essentials.

But the plucky presenter has a pathological fear of falling and spent an excruciating 30 minutes, live on air, trying to find the courage to jump. 'I was crying and begging the guy to push me,' she recalls. 'I couldn't do it.'

Despite the setback, Jay-Jay celebrated her 17th year on The Edge last month and has a wealth of celebrity anecdotes, plus her hilarious take on life, to share with New Idea readers.

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