Posted by jeff on Feb 01, 2011


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Friends up to Funky Monkey Business

Five Dunedin schoolmates have turned playground banter into an hour of freeform radio comedy, courtesy of Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone programming initiative.

The hosts of fortnightly programme Funky Monkey Underground all attend Logan Park High School and will this year commence Year 10 studies together.

FMU teamThe new year sees the show move from a 30-minute format to one hour, which means some changes to the approach the young broadcasters have taken to their impromptu on-air performances.

Quinn Hardie (13), who first heard about the opportunity to get involved in the station’s free weekday after-school programmes through his mother Liz Knowles, said the longer format for Funky Monkey Undergound would require the team to develop stronger planning skills.

We play good songs and have some interesting talk – that’s interesting in quote marks – but it will probably be a bit more structured now,” he explained.

We’d like to have guests come in for interviews, and to experiment some more.”

Quinn and his friends had enjoyed the chance to have fun together while also picking up skills that would be useful to them in other settings.

Radio is all about communication, so we’ve been learning a lot about that,” he said.

Early on, we were talking over the top of each other in the form of random joking that we have, so we’ve got that more under control now. And we’re taking a lot of other lessons from it.”

Quinn, whose other creative interests included Playhouse Theatre children’s productions, encouraged anyone with an interest in media and broadcasting to get involved in Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone shows.

I’d say jump right into it because that’s what you should do in life,” he said.

Young people aged 8 to 22 years could find out more about free training and airtime on Youth Zone by contacting the station’s youth coordinator Domi Angelo-Laloli at or ph 471 6161.

Funky Monkey Underground airs every second Tuesday at 4pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from and iTunes.

Photo: Monkey business: The hosts of Otago Access Radio programme Funky Monkey Underground are (from left) Connor Vosh, Quinn Hardie, James Checketts, Louis Freeman and Henry Ruan.


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