Link to Radio Heritage Foundation -

The Co-operative Global Radio Memories Project

The main website of the Radio Heritage Foundation is now

Most content on this legacy website is no longer actively maintained and may not be up-to-date. It is preserved on-line purely for historical interest as part of the Radio Heritage Foundation’s digital collection.

Big Buzz at Big River FM in Northland

Radio interns get a buzz out of life in Dargaville


Big River FM interns

THUMBS-UP: Interns Amanda Southorn, left, Laura Barnaby, Callum Lee and Katia Goodwin give Big River FM and Dargaville the thumbs-up.

Kaipara community radio station Big River FM's latest interns give Dargaville a big thumbs-up.

The interns are fresh out of radio school in Tauranga and will spend the next three to six months keeping Kaipara folk entertained and up with the play on what's going on in the region.

Amanda Southorn from Rotorua says she loves it here.

"People warned me I was going to hate it, but I love it, it's completely different."

Callum Lee, from Tauranga, had never heard of Dargaville before. "It's beautiful out there, it's so laid back."

Amanda and Laura Barnaby from Auckland team up on air every day from 7am to noon, while Callum and co-host Katia Goodwin from Hamilton take the noon to 4pm slot.

The four are already thinking about their future careers.

Amanda has her heart set on the night show on Auckland's More FM. "It goes nationwide so the whole nation can hear it and I'm a night person," she says.

Laura wants to be promotions co-ordinator for ZM in Auckland.

"Everyone loves free stuff and I'd love to be that person to give it away," she says.

Callum enjoys music and talking and wants to join the Rock radio team.

"I like everything they do," he says.

Katia is also keen on promotions and loves the big radio family.

"There's a lot of cool people in radio. I'd love to go back to Hamilton and do something like drive the [Edge] Road Runner," she says.

They're all enjoying their live radio experience, finding it more liberating than playing to their peers in the radio school.

Amanda says she used to be more nervous getting criticism from friends.

They say they're getting plenty of help from station manager Anaru Tana, and from former DJs.

"The feedback's been good," Callum says.

Big River goes out on 98.6 and 88.2 FM and streams live on

- © Fairfax NZ News

© Dargaville News June 27, 2012.

This material remains © Fairfax New Zealand Limited and is only to be used for non-commercial personal or research use. Any other use requires permission of the copyright holder.

For a current list of all Low Power FM stations broadcasting in New Zealand, visit our NZ LPFM Radio Guide.

Open Air Cinema logo

This feature is brought to you by
Open Air Cinema


Radio Heritage Foundation projects and activities connect radio, popular culture, history and heritage.

The charitable trust has been giving a voice to those involved in radio via our website since 2004 and will continue to do so.

We are inclusive of all visitors, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or disability and aim to connect people of all ages and cultures who love radio

We welcome a sense of wonder from the joy of listening via radio, and from memories retold for the enjoyment of all generations.

We prefer to use environmentally sustainable goods and services where we can afford to, and we provide free community access worldwide to our collections, published research, preservation and promotion activities in a completely paper-free environment.

© Radio Heritage Foundation 2004 - 2024

Email us