Although now run by the Oamaru Heritage Radio Trust, Charlie started the Oamaru Heritage Radio (OHR) station in 2001 as part of the the North Otago Electricity Heritage Trust Musem in the Lanes Emulsion building in Harbour street, Oamaru, when some radio equipment ws donated for display. Soon afterwards the susggestion to start genuine radio station was mooted.
About that time we met a lady who had worked in radio before and was keen to spend a few hours each week presenting music for listeners.
We had a tape player, CD Player and microphone to use, a transmitter was purchased and licencing paid for. From that moment on Oamaru Heritage Radio was born.
Initially the broadcast was only recieved in a 100m radius, a few tweeks and adjustments were made to reach further afield, to the North end of town and out into the country area.
When Whitestone Civic Trust purched the Harbour street building everything was moved out and into the new premises at 6 Itchen street, where it has continues to entertain listeners in the Oamaru and surrounding areas. With keeping up with techonlogy now on the Internet on www.ohr.nz
On Friday afternoons between 4pm-5:30pm Charlie presents his Jukebox show, spinning music from his extensive
collections of 45 records from Southland's Lignite fm Studio, through the help of today's techonology.
Charlie loves Scottish music but also loves selections of the old favourites
Fridays from 4pm-5:30pm Playing old 45's
Eunice was a founding member of the Oamaru Heritage radio when it began in 2001. She has been both Secretary and Treasurer of the station.
Eunice also became a presenter in 2001 doing several programs each week, and filling in for absent members. This sometimes added up to 15hrs a week.
Now a resident in Southland, NZ, Eunice still produces and presents 2 programes each week, from the studio that over looks the garden at the Lignite Pit, which she tries to keep under control during her free time.
Her programes are Country and Nostalgia and Fridays 9am-1pm and Sunday, 6pm-9pm,
Eversongs with a selection of Rock 'n' Roll, Nostalgia, Scottish, Irish and New Zealand artists, also Big Band, Blues and Skiffle in half hour slots. She also still fills in from time to time for absent members.
Once a month Eunice and Charlie head back up to Oamaru on Sunday for meetings and a catch up with friends and family. While up there
she teams up with Ralph Sherwood and they do a side by side program where they share their eclectic mix of music for you to enjoy from the OHR studio at no6 Itchen Street.
Eunice favours Country music, Scottish and Irish traditional music, New Zealand artists and Nostalgia music (1910-1950) including Big Band, Blues, Skiffle, Jazz, Swing and Rock 'n' Roll
Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm
All Country - Old time and Modern
Sundays from 6:00pm-9:00pm Sunday Evensong
Rock & Roll, 20's, 30's 40's and 50's also Scottish, Irish and New Zealand artists.
From Steam trains to Oamaru Heritage Radio, Albie has driven them all. Starting off as a locomotive engineer in his younger day. Rock n Roll was in in his blood and was often found on the dance floor strutting his stuff.
Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm - Hooked on Music
Mondays from 12:00pm-1:00pm - Scottish & Irish music
Tuesdays from 1:00pm-4:00pm - New Zealand Music
Sundays from 9:00am-11:00am - Gospel music
Sundays from 11:00am- 12:00pm - 60's & 70's
Wednesday 9:00am - 1:00pm Anything Goes
Sundays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays 12:00pm-5:00pm Country
Wednesday's 3 to 5 pm. Peter's Variety
Bucket of Easy Listening Music
Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm Gospel
Thursdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm Easy Listening
Fridays 1:00pm - 4:00pm Easy Listening