Kidzone Radio Southland

Radio Southland is set to broadcast live from the South Island’s largest festival for children – the ILT Kidzone Festival 2014.

Station Manager Darren Ludlow said this is the 10th anniversary of the six day festival, and this will be the first time Radio Southland has broadcast the event in its entirety.

“Thanks to our mobile broadcasting partnership with Vodafone New Zealand and the invitation from Venture Southland – the event organisers – we’ve set up a mobile studio in a caravan and will broadcast live from Kidzone, which is based at the James Hargest College senior campus in Invercargill.”

“The ILT Kidzone Festival runs from July 9th to 14th from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day, and we will be there broadcasting for the duration,” he said.

“It has meant some juggling of our regular schedules, and we’re really grateful to our regular programme makers who have stepped aside to allow us to broadcast during their time slots for this special event,” Darren said.

The majority of ILT Kidzone staff on-site are volunteers, and the same will apply to the Kidzone Radio Southland broadcasters.

“They’re kids themselves – although many are young teens – but it’s great to have the target audience as broadcasters too,” he said.

The broadcasting volunteers have been working with Station Operations Technician Kim Diack to ensure they have an idea of what to do and say, and he’s been very impressed with the quality of those who will be taking part.

“For those who live in Southland, they’re reasonably aware of what the ILT Kidzone Festival is about, even though many may not have been there,” Darren said.

“For the next week people will be able to tune in and catch up with all of the fun and activities and get a real feel of what this special event is all about – and as a parent I’ve experienced first-hand how much fun it is, and how important it can be for those young people attending.”

“It’s also the first time we’ve been able to put into practice the new mobile broadcast technology we’ve partnered with Vodafone New Zealand to create, so we’re doubly excited,” he said,

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