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Radio men...Bryan Blanchard, at front, and Allan Tonkin who help keep Timaru Hospital Radio ticking over. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

Timaru Hospital Radio is on a recruiting drive.

The station is looking for any wannabe presenters who have an interest in music up to the 1970s.

“Two [presenters] sadly passed on and one other stepped down,” station director Bryan Blanchard said.

The station broadcasts out of Timaru’s Hospital’s Garden Block building with presenters from 5pm to 10.30pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Outside these hours, “Ernie” takes over.

Ernie is a computer programmed to keep the music flowing over the airwaves.

“We don’t compete with the radio stations in town,” Mr Blanchard said.

The station, started by Ron Heney in 1989, was “fairly unique”, Mr Blanchard said.

“We’ve got three transmitters – in Geraldine, Marchwiel and one on top of the hospital building here.

“There’s a steady stream of listeners who like the varied programme we put on.

“We use our own records and CDs and are very lucky with the support we’ve got from service groups like Rotary, who have donated money.

“Listeners give donations as well.”

The station has nine presenters but has had up to 15.

Anyone interested in joining them would be fully trained, Mr Blanchard said.

He can be contacted at 686-2269.

The station can be found at 88.0 FM Timaru South, 107.5FM Timaru North and 107.1FM Geraldine.