About Us

What are we about?

We’re here to give our community a voice. We are a genuine community radio station, and if you are part of a group or organisation that promotes community or various interests then we’re here to help.

We also provide the opportunity for people who have always wanted to “give radio a go” to live their dreams. It’s actually very easy to put together a live radio show – come and see our staff for a tour and a chat and we’ll show you how it happens.

We are part of the Access Radio Network, and a member of the Association of Community Access Broadcasters [ACAB]. NZ on Air assists Access stations financially, with the expectation that we ensure that a range of broadcasts is available to provide for the interests of women, youth, children, persons with disabilities and minorities in the community, including ethnic minorities” (Section 36(c) of the Act).

We are to “encourage a range of broadcasts that reflects the diverse religious and ethical beliefs of New Zealanders.”


 Station Manager – Darren Ludlow

darren feb14 for web2I’ve been a broadcaster for 25 years, originally trained by the BCNZ in Wellington, and coming to Invercargill via Balclutha, Dunedin, Timaru and London. The majority of my time in radio locally was spent at 4ZA, Foveaux Radio and lattery back at Classic Hits. I’m an elected member on the Invercargill City Council and the current Deputy Mayor, a company director, and have a strong interest in the arts. As an actor I’ve appeared on stage and screen in a variety of roles. I’m a big fan of Southland music and want to encourage local musicians to come forward with their work. I’m married and have two boys who are very active and keep me busy when away from work and council. I’m very keen on getting new programmes on-air and developing what is already a tremendous community resource into one that’s fully utilised.


Station Coordinator – Neville McTainsh (Nev Mac)

Nev Mac

I’m very happy to have just joined the great team at Radio Southland.  My background has mainly been in Radio for the last  46 years, interspersed with the odd departure to dabble in travel and various management and marketing positions.  Having been involved in commercial radio it’s a welcome change to join a station that has special program presenters, and equally special listeners.  It’s exciting and refreshing to be involved, and I look forward to help strengthening our presenter base, and introduce some new program elements.   We are looking to expand our sponsorship base to match companies with shows that will share a mutual benefit from their involvement.  If you have any suggestions as to programs you would like to hear, or would like to be associated with, please contact me at Radio Southland.  If you would like to be a presenter or have an idea for a show give me a call.


Production Engineer – Kim Diack

KimI am the friendly face down the hall. I started with Radio Southland  as a volunteer back in 1992, and then as a part time sound engineer and studio operator. These days my job takes on more of an IT role as well as the sound engineering position. I have completed my first year of sound engineering and also studied computer technology at SIT. I have always had an interest in computers since I was 12 when my mother purchased our first computer(Commodore Vic 20) .  I have a great passion for music and have had the radio bug since I was a small fry thanks to my father (Chris Diack). Sound Engineering wasn’t my first career option as I wanted to be a chef and trained at the CPIT in Christchurch but circumstances brought me back to Invercargill. The people that know me would say I love anything that beeps and flashes.