My passion for radio was ignited by the pirates of Radio Hauraki who took to sea onboard the Tiri at the end of 1966. My Father was a huge supporter of the “Good Guys” and Hauraki was all we listened to at our place. I remember arguing with classmates at school who would listen to ZM because it had less ads.
None of them appreciated the significance of what Radio Hauraki had achieved as being the first pirate station in the world to get a commercial licence and break the state monopoly. The team that started Hauraki are my heroes and I still believe their place in NZ history is undervalued.
Another influence was Warren Male at Coromandel FM. Although a very hard taskmaster and much maligned, he is another radio pioneer. Unfortunately, Hauraki and CFM have been swallowed up by the Duopoly of NZ radio ownership and are no longer free and independent stations.
And now to the present day. What an opportunity Radio Central is and how lucky are we to be in this position. Big thanks to Bill and Nola Willis and Chris Diack for creating Local Radio Central and presenting us and the Central Community with this wonderful platform.
In the spirit of the Pirates and the Pioneers we will do our utmost to create the best community radio station ever. We love our music and we love having announcers live in the studio playing it for you.
Thanks for tuning in.
Born in the south, raised in the north and having lived almost everywhere in between, Cass initially thought to pursue piracy as a career. Sadly, she discovered that not only does she get seasick, but piracy’s a wee bit illegal. So she left behind her nautical ambitions and drifted rudderless on the tempestuous ocean of life.
She was marooned for a time in Dunedin, where she got a degree, a husband and a dog, before embarking on a journey into parenthood. Having survived the treacherous reefs of pre-school parenting, Cass found her cutlass hand growing restless when she washed up in Central Otago. It wasn’t long before she found a place in the fearless crew onboard the valiant Radio Central. Initially working her passage as lookout in the crows nest, her fathomless talents were soon turned to more arcane pursuits, and she now crews the reception desk and performs curious yet crucial feats understood by few and known only by an impenetrable code word : administration.
As one of the youngest members of the station, it is probably a bit odd hearing me on the air. But I love radio. Everything about it. The people, the music, the technology behind radio broadcasting and knowing there is someone listening to what I have to say. I am also one of the “tech guys” around the station. I have also been with the station longer than you would probably expect … You will hear me weeknights, 7pm until 12am.
I was born in Whakatane in the BOP and I developed an interest in radio while I was still young and often bugged announcers for song requests on radio 1XXmy local station. Old timers will remember announcers from back then like Fred Botica and Alan Beagle. I was super excited when I won my first radio comp prize... an Alice Cooper cassette! At nights I tuned into Radio Hauraki to listen to Dr Rock Barry Jenkin play the newest hot tracks .. I remember hearing Dire Straits and Tom Petty for the first time. Then around 15/16 years old .. with no real clue about what I wanted to do with my life .. I started work experience at 1XX. I fell in love with radio, it wasn’t a job it was a life style. I must have hung around long enough because they hired meas a cadet journalist straight from school. I did everything from writing farm reports to reading the news. I’ve been very fortunate in my career .. working in dozens of radio stations around New Zealand and reading the news on John Peel’s BBC radio one show in London during a three year spell in the U.K. Music is a huge passion of mine and it’s fantastic toplay and talk about my favourite songs on Radio Central between 12 and 3 everyday.
I suppose my obsession with Radio begun when I was still a young child, hours spent listening for the “cue to call and win” or taping my favourite songs off 4XOgold on cassette tapes. I’ve always had a passion for music, there is always a radio on in my house ... somewhere.
I moved to the beautiful region of Central Otago in 2014 for my day job, and fell in love with our local radio station very quickly. After a chance meeting with one of the owners, I asked what would be involved to “have a go?" After a very nervous beginning in 2015, I’m still loving it like it’s my first show every Saturday morning.
My music taste is definitely the best music of the 60s 70s and 80s – which is probably my favourite decade, it takes very little effort to enjoy it. I would rather put the radio on and listen to some amazing music than waste it in front of the idiot box (TV).
I have volunteered for Radio Central for 5 years and it has been the most rewarding experience, I’ve had the privilege to help our local community and give back in the form of being part of one of our communities most important assets - Radio Central!
Henry was born in Wellington on Waitangi Day 1988. After battling through school being a bit of a clown, his parents suggested broadcasting might be a strong career path to pursue. That he did. After completing a diploma in broadcasting in 2006 he landed the job as breakfast announcer (amongst other things) at Maniototo's Burn 729 AM. After 8 months of being on-air, a couple of Speights, some rugby and a bit of hunting he levelled up and got a job with Mediaworks in Alexandra. This role included announcing, journalism and promotions. 10 months later he was promoted to Queenstown, eventually landing the breakfast show on More FM with Margo Berryman.
His 20s was filled with radio and all community projects that came with it. When an opportunity to play and coach rugby overseas arose, he ran with it. And for two years played and travelled around Germany and the USA.
Since returning to Queenstown in 2018, he helped produce and present a magazine style video production company - Lakes Weekly Bulletin TV. Now, in between local and international TV/Movie productions and a pandemic, he's happy to be back on air with Radio Central!
Although Invercargill was where I grew up and went to school, Queenstown, where our 1960s family crib was, became an important part of my life.
On my OE I was based in Europe (3 years as a tour guide around Europe got me comfortable with a microphone…. At a time when the Berlin wall was coming down and USSR was opening up) and moved to Auckland before returning back to my special part of the world in 2018. I now live in Roxburgh. And I love it!
This photo is from my earliest memory of Roxburgh… Standing on Frog Rock.
Music has played different roles through out the stages of my life. I love the way it creates a soundtrack through those different phases.
My two boys between them have played in bands, recorded albums, studied recording arts and have pulled me into some of the newer NZ scene over the past few years.
Now…in my wee house in Roxburgh…. I have a drum kit, guitars and piano and am on a mission to build my own skills…. Not sure that my neighbours are as thrilled as me, but I am loving it!!
I am now hooked on this genuine, local radios tation that wants to make a difference.