Meet some of our amazing graduates
Fame Teu - Drive Show Host Mai FM Auckland

I never pictured myself pursuing a career in radio. I finished high school then received a scholarship to attend AUT University to pursue a career in Nursing. Sadly that didn’t pan out due to family commitments and ended up working in manual labour until late last year. I came to the realization that I didn’t want to do what I was doing for the rest of my life and wanted to pursue a career that I’d be happy doing in my spare time. Without a word of a lie, I heard an ad on the radio about enrolments for the NZSOR, on my way to a job.

I then applied for this course with the idea that radio is just on air announcing – that changed within the first week. There is production (Producing advertisements, song sweepers, show production pieces etc), copy writing (Writing advertisements to be produced), promotions and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! The NZSOR – TGA equips you with GREAT foundation skills in all these areas. However, like anything you only get out as much as you put in! A career in radio is unlike any other career path. My advice to anyone thinking of applying – go for it and don’t treat it as a
holiday; because the benefits of hard work there, prove beneficial in getting into the industry!

Near the end of the course I scored an opportunity at Mai FM in Auckland. Since then, I have voiced the Midnight to Dawn shift for Mai FM for a solid 2 months (unpaid), filled in on-air a couple of times on the Night show, whilst doing promo work for Mai – I did the hard yards and worked for free for a while to get my foot in the door, but now I am the Drive Host on Mai FM nationwide.

In summary, I never thought in a million years that when I first enrolled into the NZSOR Tauranga, that over a half a year later I would be where I am now. Thanks to Hamish, Dan, Matt and Lisa for equipping me with all the skills I have needed to get me where I am today – also a massive nod to all the guest speakers we had over our 20 weeks of course.

If you are like me and are looking for an exciting career where each and every day I wake up, I’m genuinely excited to go to work, I STRONGLY advise you enrol and take that crucial first step!!!

Simon Hampton - Sports Reporter, TV3 Wellington

Working in broadcasting has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Hamish and the team at the New Zealand School of Radio were the most influential people in helping me achieve that dream.
I’m a classic Kiwi sporting tragic and was desperate to get a gig in sports broadcasting somewhere.
I turned up at NZSOR and was told I was one of the first people to come through the school wanting to do sports. Despite being the only one in the class chasing the sporting dream, Hamish sorted out a truckload of opportunities for me to do work experience at various sporting media outlets. It showed how much the tutors care about the students individually, NZSOR isn’t just a generic course where it’s the same for everyone, it teaches you all about broadcasting, but caters to everyone’s specific desires.
Hamish and the other tutors have an extensive list of vital contacts around the broadcasting world and it’s crucial to make the most of them. Currently, I’m living the dream working for 3 News as a Sport’s reporter and I’d put a fair bit of money on that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the six months spent at NZSOR.

Brin Rudkin - News Reader MediaWorks Auckland

I started at More FM Auckland in July 2014 as an Intern, working in the Promotions and Marketing department. I filled in on Social Media while the network’s Social Media Manager was away.
This role demanded me to take control of the More FM Network Facebook page, as well producing engaging content for More FM’s affiliate Facebook pages (including Simon Barnett & Gary McCormick and also for Joe Cotton & Dean Young.)
Part of my role also asks me to attend regular Local and National Promotions brainstorm meetings and help to plan and organise More FM’s biggest events. Such events include Coca-Cola’s Christmas in the Park, TV3’s The Block, The X Factor 2015 and many more!
I have also taken up the opportunity to be the Network Weekday Newsreader. I produce, script and present the bulletins to air. I am also in charge of the weekend bulletins, and write breaking news stories for the More FM Network. During the weekday I also present Auckland Accurate Traffic updates making sure commuters get to their destination as soon as possible.
More recently I have been producing ‘Trending’ topics/content for More FM’s Si & Gary Breakfast show, broadcasted from our Christchurch studios. Each day I choose some of the most trending topics on the web, write entertainment news and gossip, and send this to Si & Gary who use this as content on air.
More FM is a fantastic brand to be part of and the team behind the success of this station are outstanding.
I have really enjoyed my time here so far and look forward to what this leading company has to offer me.
Thanks to the wonderful team at the NZ School of Radio – Hamish, Lisa, Matt and Dan who helped me to get to where I am.

Felixe O’Keefe - Brand Engagement Coordinator NZME Christchurch

I’ve always wanted a career in the Media and Entertainment industries, but wasn’t sure about which path I wanted to take. I decided on Radio because I love music and thought that you can get a lot more of your personality across. I had a Google one day and came across the New Zealand School of Radio in Tauranga, applied, and soon enough I got in and was on my way up to the North Island (not that my Mum was too happy about that!).

At NZSOR you get the opportunity to do so many cool things, and meet and learn from all sorts of people in the industry. It’s such a fun and laid-back learning
environment and the tutors work really hard to make sure you get to where you gain all the knowledge and skills to get to where you want to be in the industry.

My class was the coolest bunch of people and we all bonded straight away.
We were like one big family! If you know what you want to do, then the tutors will go above and beyond to help you get out and experience the industry. I had the opportunity to go on a two week internship at NZME Tauranga, as well as go for work experience at NZME Christchurch and B FM up in Auckland.

I had the time of my life at NZSOR. Thanks heaps to Hamish, Lisa and Dan for
giving me the opportunity and helping me to get to where I am now!

Craig Priest - Digital Media Coordinator for New Zealand Rugby League

I will never forget my time at NZSOR, It was an experience of a lifetime!

When I first started, I wanted to work in radio because I had a passion for performance and music. The first thing that comes to mind is ‘I have to be an announcer!’ thing is I learnt pretty quickly that I am a rather average announcer at best, it really wasn’t the same as acting. Turns out it wasn’t the end of the world though, I found out there is so much more to the industry than what people think. During my time here I found a passion in the creative area through producing creative content and audio, visual production. I am now the Digital Media Coordinator for New Zealand Rugby League. I tour with our national team ‘The Kiwis’, manage their social media and create digital content for all of our channels.

I met a group of amazing friends where we all bonded and helped each other through to the end of the course. Even though I didn’t pursue a career in radio through the usual Promo or Announcer gigs Hamish was always trying to help, from using TVNZ contacts to helping voice video promos. If you have an idea on what you want, the tutors will do all they can to help you reach your goal. I want to thank Hamish, Lisa and Dan for the incredible opportunity they have given me.

I suggest to anyone wanting to crack the radio industry to have an open mind to all every option and use your time at NZSOR to give everything a go because you never know where the opportunities can take you.

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