Radio Southland has two special outside broadcasts coming in March
Station Manager Darren Ludlow says Radio Southland is looking forward to broadcasting live from the Relay for Life event coming up at Rugby Park on March 19th and 20th.
However, before that there’s a special St Patrick’s Day live broadcast from the foyer of the Invercargill City Library from 1-3pm on March 17th.
“There are two special St Patrick’s day events for us – one is a special one hour show presented by ex-Pat (no pun intented) Leon Hartnett featuring some great Irish music, and this will play from 9-10am and be repeated from 6-7pm.”
“The second is the live broadcast from the library – hosted by City Libraries Community Connections Coordinator Jay Coote. He’ll have some great music, plus there will be a variety of ethnic food stands on-site which will add to the flavour of the day,” Darren said.
This two hour live broadcast will be a good warm-up for the main event – the Relay for Life taking place at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill. The event and Radio Southland’s broadcast start at midday on Saturday March 19 and runs until 10 the next morning.
“As I understand it, this will be Radio Southland’s longest continuous outside broadcast – and it’s nice to be making a little history alongside a significant event such as the Relay,” Darren said.
“Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the Cancer Society with all funds raised by the participating teams staying in the South. Everybody knows somebody affected by cancer, and the groundswell of community support is so significant we felt it was important to be there and recognise that,” he said.
“The primary radio sponsor for Relay in Southland is Mediaworks, but they’ve been gracious enough to allow us to broadcast from the event – primarily for the participants, but also for people at home wanting to maintain a connection to the event.”
“22 continuous hours will be a bit of a test – but it’s the same for the participants in each of the many teams taking part in Relay – so I’m grateful to have the broadcasting experience of Nev Mac to help me through that side of the operations.”
“Technically, there are quite a few scenarios for us to work through – we’re relying on the internet to maintain the broadcast, and Kim Diack has been working away steadily to make sure we are up for the challenges for both broadcasts. Without him the clock wouldn’t tick,” Darren said.
Live broadcasts can be accessed on 96.4FM. There is a live stream from our website www.radiosouthland.org.nz – the site is mobile-friendly and will work on mobile devices on Android. Apple mobile device users should download the TuneIn Radio APP and search for Radio Southland.