New broom sweeps in

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By DAVID HILL

Listeners to Compass FM will already be familiar with the station’s new manager.

Kerry Treymane has been the station’s breakfast announcer since July and took over as station manager this month.

“I’m a new broom bringing new opportunities for positive relationships and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“North Canterbury should be really proud of their local radio station because we are sounding really good.”

Kerry started out in radio with More FM in 1994, having previously worked as a painter.

“I had a life before radio in the painting industry, but I couldn’t shut up. So I tried working in a club as a DJ.”

He worked alongside well-known radio announcers like Simon Barnett, Phil Gifford and Gary McCormick, as well as former Waimakariri District Council communications manager Rory Christie.

He then had a brief stint with CTV, before taking over as station manager of Classic Hits and ZB in Ashburton.

“I’m really proud of the achievements we had down there. It was around the time of the global financial crisis, but it was also when dairying was active in Mid-Canterbury.

“We were one of the few radio stations to make budget and we had an announcer win at the New Zealand Radio Awards.”

After the earthquakes, Kerry returned to the painting trade to help with the rebuild in Christchurch and Waimakariri, until he damaged his elbows and was forced on to ACC.

“One elbow still hasn’t recovered, but what I can do is sit behind a microphone, a keyboard and a mouse, wake people up with a smile, and say silly things to make people laugh.

“Radio plays an important role in people’s lives. I still remember the announcers from when I was growing up, so it would be nice to think that in 2050 people would remember me on the radio.”

Kerry says he leads a talented team, as fellow announcer John Cameron and content director Steph McDonald have also both been in radio for more than 20 years.

Bruce John, who is relatively new to radio, completes the on-air team, along with two casual announcers who regularly fill in.

Behind the scenes, founding station manager Mike Le Petit, who has been in radio since the 1970s, has returned as production engineer, while Sally Lane is back in a sales role.

“I can tell you right now, I could take that team into any major commercial station and we would make a good fist of it.”

Kerry says listeners will notice some changes, as he has “tightened up the music” and introduced some new shows.

As a community radio station, Compass FM relies on sponsorship, in particular MainPower, and is governed by “a board of trustees which has the best interests of the community at heart, as does Compass FM”, he says.

“Stepping into this radio station is like stepping into an old-time radio station and the best part is we don’t have to answer to overseas investors.”