December 02, 2004

Barry Buys The Beach

'Veteran punk' Barry Jenkin has bought into Waiheke Island's Beach FM.
He is currently reading breakfast news on the station and overhauling the music.
This is not necessarily to my own taste as there are only about eight people on the island who like punk.
Jenkin says he is as surprised as anyone that he is now a Waiheke resident, having bought a house there a month ago, and radio station owner.
If anyone had told me six months ago that I'd be living on Waiheke, I would've laughed in their face. But, it's not the wild west outpost it was in the '70s.
The station is manned by about 20 volunteers and Jenkin aims to increase its revenue, seeing huge market potential over summer when Waiheke's population swells from 8000 people to 28,000.
The legendary broadcaster was 'sacked' from his Sunday night slot at Radio Hauraki earlier this year but has since been making regular Friday morning appearances with Camilla Martin on Auckland's 95bFM.

(I wonder who the other seven are.)
News item via Peter

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