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!!!

Miles Blumsom – Breakfast Producer, Flava, Auckland

I started out at NZSOR at the start of 2016. To say it was a good decision would be an understatement! Since starting at NZSOR my career has definitely taken off! After Hamish and Dan whipped me into shape (not literally) and helped me make contact with a whole host of industry names I managed to score myself an internship at ZM.

Whilst I was at ZM I worked directly as a producer for Jase and PJ, if you’re a fan of the show you would have known me as Intern Pom. It was a dream come true and I made friends within ZM both professionally and personally that will stick with me throughout my career. After working my arse off for 6 months at ZM Jase and Ross boss put words in for me that scored me the role of Producer of ‘The Wake Up Call’ on Flava. The adjustment to waking up for Breakfast radio (4am!!) has been tough but I love what I do. Being the only producer there is a bit of responsibility but we have a lot of fun and in my opinion are making an awesome Radio Show.

Without Dan, Hamish and the NZ School of Radio I would be nowhere in my career and probably working in a boring 9 – 5 that I hate. I will always be grateful for what NZSOR has helped me to achieve so far and hopefully it’s just the start!!

Georgia Watt – Promo Coordinator, Mediaworks Queenstown

Having a career in Radio is something I’ve always wanted and attending NZSOR made that possible. After graduating I realised you have to take any opportunity you can get and started my career at Big River FM in Dargaville where I completed a 6 Month internship.

I then took up a short-term position at NZME in Taranaki, where I covered as the Brand Engagement Coordinator for 6 weeks, which lead into casual hours for 8 months gaining as much experience as possible.

After constantly applying for jobs and not giving up… I am now the Promotions Coordinator at MediaWorks in one of the best places in the world – Queenstown!

Sara Leitao - Natrional Promotions Coordinator George FM

I had heard of the New Zealand School of Radio with its opportunities to meet people in the industry and land internships and I knew that this course seemed extremely beneficial to get me up to date with industry standard equipment and getting to know all of the right people!

I managed to score my place at NZSOR and it was the absolute best decision I could have made for my career. Not only did I have the most amazing class ever, who I still keep actively in contact with, Hamish and Dan knew all of the insider info. This course was hard work, but it’s absolutely needed to cover every obstacle you might face in a career in broadcasting.

When internships came around I ended up in Hamilton at MediaWorks Waikato. I thought ‘oh this isn’t Auckland…it won’t be too interesting,’ but Waikato was perfect. It was large enough to get heaps of activity and small enough to get to go around and get a glimpse in to other areas other than Promotions. Although I came at the beginning of O-Week so the Promotions department was full on!

I met two of the most amazing Promotions Coordinators in Hamilton who really took me under their wing. From trusting me to be in charge of onsites, recording crosses, helping me with my CV and doing pretend job interviews, this helped give me a real boost in confidence to take on the real world of broadcasting.

About six weeks before the end of the course I landed my first big job as Promotions Coordinator at MediaWorks Southern Lakes based in Queenstown. After two years of working there I felt like I had matured so much not only as an employee but also as a person. I became very proactive and understood the way things work within the company promotionally on all stations. Regional radio was a blessing as it gives you a chance to work with multiple brands to find what you like and you always end up doing a bit of everything else other than Promotions.

As I write this I am currently in my first week of my new role at George FM in Auckland as National Promotions Coordinator. This industry works fast and if you put the effort in you can make it to where you want to go. My advice;

       Be proactive; when you start out you need to stand out, this will happen if you don’t just sit around waiting to be told what to do, ask/offer your help anywhere you can.

       Network; Making the right connections within the company and outside can make or break it for you!

       Don’t rush it; if it’s meant to be it will happen eventually. 

Linda Beciri - Production Assistant

Hi there. I’m Linda. I’m half Kiwi, half Swiss. I grew up in the beautiful city of Lucerne in Switzerland.

For as long as I can remember I have been trying to make people smile. As a child I would make up ridiculous stories, come up with silly dance routines or put on plays; any opportunity to perform in front of people was a good enough reason for me to come up with a new idea. I have always loved entertainment, with Radio, TV and movies inspiring me.

In August 2014 I decided to take a leap of faith – so I moved to New Zealand where I started working for an after school programme. A year later I felt like it was time to get a degree, so I signed up for a Sport and Recreation course. However three days into Sport and Rec I knew it just wasn’t right for me, so I decided to leave the course.

The day after I left Sport and Rec I happened to be walking past NZSOR; I saw the sign outside so decided to walk up the stairs and find out more about their course. I was fortunate that Hamish was there. He gave me a tour of the school and told me about the course which was about to start the following week. It sounded amazing. That was when I started to believe that everything happens for a reason.

I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to start studying at NZSOR in July 2015. The course was amazing. I learned a ton about the radio and entertainment industry. The course covered all areas: interviewing, copy writing, on-air announcing, sales, programming and heaps more… We had incredible guest tutors and were given once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Studying at NZSOR was fun and exciting but most importantly it reminded me of what I loved doing as a child and I was given the opportunity to be creative and entertaining – well at least I tried.

In 2016 I moved back to Switzerland where I scored a job as a production assistant for a TV production company called Mediafisch in Zurich. I am involved in various TV productions and work closely with the producers. My job is very versatile and it’s pretty full on. I get to be part of all the steps necessary to create successful TV shows – from supervising auditions, to being on set and helping out in post-production before the shows go to air. I am part of an amazing team and I get to do what I love on a daily basis.

Thanks to Hamish & Dan of NZSOR and all the amazing guest tutors I am now chasing my dreams.

Chris Newbold - Imaging Production Engineer Newstalk ZB, Radio Sport and Coast

I went to NZSOR in 2013 with a group of awesome people. I knew after starting I was in the industry I wanted to be in and I would make some lifelong friends. The course did more for me than I realised, with what I learnt and who I met proving beneficial  later on when I got my first job. After 2 years of working in Southland and Taupo as a Production Engineer and covering Announcing, Promotions and Operation roles, I was lucky enough to land one of the coolest jobs there is. As the Imaging Engineer for New Zealand’s top 2 radio stations (Newstalk ZB and Coast) and the biggest sport station (Radio Sport), it has been one heck of a time here. Working with NZ’s top talent including Mike Hosking, Leighton Smith, Kerre McIvor, Brian Kelly, Andrew Mulligan and Simon Doull is huge and I thank all my training and encouragement to Hamish, Dan, Matt and Lisa at NZSOR.

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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