Merry Bollocks!

As is this case for most folks at this time of year, it's pretty relaxed. I'm not doing my night show, I'm doing Bunty's afternoon show over the break. The conversation with the Boss went:

Boss: "What do you want to do over summer?"
Smart: "Anything but nights."

That way it's bit of a change and I might be able to spend some evening time with my wife and Baby Sophie and maybe have a beer or a bbq and be normal for a month!

Still, I'm working, so if you're about, call me up, drop an email or whatever. Love to hear from you. I'll be the one wearing jandals.

Phone: 0800 00 CLASSIC (0800 002527)
Text: 4487
Oh, Soph says Happy Christmas as well!

This is James..

There's nothing nicer than having someone come into the studio who has a good time. As someone who sits in the studio every day, I forget about what some call the magic of radio. James had a ball and I got his mum to send us this pic!

My students are graduating on Thursday

I used to be one of those people who said that tertiary institutions were a rip off. particularly from a radio point of view. Turning out dozens of young hopefuls every year into an industry where there were sod all jobs. Don't even get me started on the fees they have to pay either!

Then, I grew up in a small town and didn't even bother with 7th form and I've managed to get by.

Now that I'm a tutor at the NZRTS, I've had to change my viewpoint a little! There are still sod all jobs, and those of us in jobs are also often fearful that we're going to get the arse - there have been several redundancies in our company this year alone and then there's the performance issue. If you continually fail to get ratings, they'll change the show / station / announcer with it.

Shitty way to live but it sure keeps you on your toes!

So, why should I encourage people with talent through a course who may one day be a threat to my survival in the industry? That's how I USED to think.

Now when I look at my students and what they've achieved over the past semester, I find myself beaming with pride. Thye've gone from minimal or no broadcasting skills to people who can work in a radio station and hold their own as a junior broadcaster.

Teachers reading this will know what I mean. It's a great payoff! That person's skills are the result of my work. I guess builders feel the same way when they look at a house and say, "I built that, it wouldn't be there if it wasn't for me". That's job satisfaction right there and it's very hard to beat.

Before you say, ah so Smart's going to quit his show and become a teacher, stop. I ain't. I'm a broadcaster first and foremost. I've worked a lot of years to get my own show and I'm not giving it up! Still, it's nice to have a sideline that gives you so much satisfaction.

So on Thursday, they graduate. One starts his first full time job on Friday. Others already have part time work and others still are applying left right ane centre and will get jobs.

Unfortunately, some won't. Some have been so slack on the course I can't fathom why they wasted their money. Some just haven't got it.

Luckily for them, in this new world where every Manager demands a degree or higher qualifcation of some sort - they'll get by. I've learnt that. I've also learnt that the Universities will continue to make shitloads of money because the student loans are available giving students the means to pay the fees. Oh, and the world will continue to go round and all that as well.

Congratulations Team Kiwi!


"In a race against time, Team Kiwi Racing has today secured their exciting future in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship thanks to the New Zealand public’s overwhelming support.

TKR set out 35 days ago to raise the funding needed for the Kiwi based team to continue with the exciting new Prodrive deal they had negotiated mid season after their $400,000 V8 Supercar which was sold to partly fund the new venture was written off at Bathurst."

We spoke to David John, owner of Team Kiwi in the show on Monday night.


Get Santa to call your kids...

Two credits here, I was looking at which is the website made by the people who brought us

It's not bad. Good reviews of TV - certainly better than the Listener or the TV Guide.

When I was there, ther was another link to where you can get Santa to call your kids for free. Give it a crack.

BTW, be careful you don't click - you won't find TV reviews or jolly voiced Santas there...