Radio Southland is getting set to take a (partial) break for the holiday season.
The office will close from midday on Friday December 19th.
It will re-open from Monday January 5th, but with limited hours – from 10am until 4pm weekdays through until Friday January 16th.
Normal office hours (8.30am-5pm) will resume from Monday January 19th.
Some programmes will continue through the holiday break. For example, Peter Richardson’s Sounds Easy will still play on Saturday mornings and Noel’s Country Express will still play from 2.30-5.30 on Wednesday afternoons. The Crave Rave Breakfast will continue until Christmas Eve and will return from January 12th. The Gospel Show should continue on Monday afternoons, although Country with Michelle will shift to either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2pm (stay listening for confirmation).
Radio Southland will partner with fellow Invercargill broadcasters Kiwi Pie Radio to provide local coverage from 10am-2pm, hosted by veteran broadcaster Lindsay Abbott.
Radio Southland Station Manager Darren Ludlow said the partnership will ensure the station has a live daily interaction with its audience.
“Lindsay produces a wonderful show – ‘Call the Tune’ – which features an eclectic range of music, requests and dedications that I think our listeners will enjoy. It will also be a great way to keep up to date with happenings around the south over the break,” Darren said.
“It’s been another busy and exciting year for the station. We’ve welcomed some wonderful new shows, and this looks set to continue into 2015…but I must say Amanda, Kim and I are looking forward to a bit of a break,” he said.
“For me, it will be a chance to spend some quality time with my family and catch up on some long-awaited recreational reading, which is very different to the reading I do during the year. However, the holidays can be tough for those who spend a great deal of time alone, or for those who may have lost someone close during the past year. The true festive spirit will see people give some of their time to spend with those who would really appreciate the company”, Darren said.
From the staff at Radio Southland, we wish our listeners, programme makers and the Trustees of the Southland Community Broadcasters Charitable Trust all the best for Christmas, a safe and enjoyable New Year, and we look forward to being with you again during 2015.