Marching orders (Darren)

It’s hard to imagine that the first quarter of 2013 is almost complete – where has the year gone? What’s happened to March?

Life, as always, is busy…but that’s a good thing.

A great thing about working in community radio, and being involved in the community through local government, is having the opportunity to either be a part of, or witness, some great community events.

This month alone I’ve been involved in broadcasts from the Southland A&P Show at Donovan Park and Children’s Day at the Invercargill Fire Station. On our behalf, Chris Diack has given our station a presence at the Mataura Family Fun Day and will broadcast this weekend from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival in Riverton.

Last weekend I was the MC for the fabulous Multicultural Food Festival at James Hargest College; and was in the audience for the Southland Entertainment Awards – our station was proud to support this event and Lyndal and I were in awe of some fabulous performances, and congratulations to Alice Fraser for taking out the 2013 title. We’ve had positive feedback on the special profile feature we put together on the nominees, and The Southland Times also posted our show on their website too.

It was great to see some of Radio Southland’s prize winners enjoying the awards show. We’ve given away some amazing concert tickets in the past couple of weeks: Deep Purple & Journey, Santana & the Steve Miller Band – and there’s still the chance to win tickets to see Paul Simon in Dunedin on April 6 (check out our Facebook page for details).

I’m about to embark on my first trip to the Far North – Lyndal and I are supporting the Southland Polyfest at the TrustPower Community Awards National Finals – and once we’re back it’s almost Easter – and some much anticipated “family time” with our boys.

On a personal note, from April 1 I embark on a healthy living (diet and exercise) programme coordinated by Linda Howard (check out the “Linda Howard Presents Born to Lose” Facebook page). We will see how I go. What have I got to lose? A few kilos around the middle hopefully.

It’s a big year (most are, actually), and despite the fact there are always challenges, it’s how you choose to meet them that defines you. I enjoy being involved. It’s a privilege from both a personal and station perspective. If you’d like to be involved with Radio Southland, if we can help in any way, please ask. That’s what we’re here for, and it’s what I enjoy. When you love your job every day is a great one!

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