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
Mondays from 4pm-6pm
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
Monday from 9:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm
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 1:00pm-4:00pm - Scottish & Irish music
Tuesdays from 9:00am-1:00pm - New Zealand Music
Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm Easy Listening
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
Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm Easy Listening
Saturdays 12:00pm-5:00pm Country
Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm 60's to 90's Easy Listening
Sundays 12:00pm- 3:00pm 60's to 90's Easy Listening
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
Trevor has frequented radio stations most of his life. In the mid 60s he went for an interview with a view to working behind the mic, to be told “typical New Zealand voice, typical New Zealand accent, no thanks, we don’t want you” Whatever happened to homegrown? (This was at a time when television and radio announcers were intermingled, and the NZBC seemed to prefer imported (mostly) blonde women to front the mediums.)
Trevor started writing programmes for 1YZ in Rotorua in 1980. He didn't get behind the microphone until an Access station in Rotorua would not broadcast notices for the Film Society, of which he was the President. “No. You sit behind the mic and do it yourself.” So, a weekly 2 hour programme became a regular occurrence.
This station morphed into “Classic Country”, NZs only full time fully formatted country music station at the time. (It was eventually swallowed up by Radio Otago.) On moving to North Otago 15 years ago, Trevor did 2 sessions a week at Puketapu Radio in Palmerston, then moved to Oamaru Heritage Radio to cover the “Heritage” aspect of wireless.
Heritage material is sourced from Australia, England, the US, the internet, second hand shops, and helpful listeners.
Wireless has been part of our growing up. It has changed over the years, and Trevor likes to think that OHR listeners enjoy reliving some of the times in our lives when the wireless was a potent part of growing up in New Zealand.
Trevor’s career has included dairy farming, agricultural chemistry, tourist management, tour driving/guiding and cinema projection.
As he is deaf** and cannot answer telephones, listeners are asked not to ring the studio during his session. Contact can be made through Oamaru Heritage Radio’s website or email to trevorofhampden at gmail.com **In1962, there was a certain deafening incident with a Farmall Cub tractor.
Tuesday: 4pm to 10pm with music from the twentieth century, or earlier.
5.00 pm Weather forecast
5.30 Item for younger ears
6.00 Classic Comedy
6.30 Out of the Vast Archives of Wireless
7.30 Concert Piece: classical music
Between 8 and 9 An item from the archives of The Silver Fern Tape Recording Club
9.00 Weather forecast
9.01 Book Reading