New Hokonui Southern Farming Muster host Jonny Turner, in action in the Gore studio earlier this month. Photo by Nicole Sharp
As the new voice behind the Southern Farming show, Balfour
man Jonny Turner is now making his mark on the Hokonui radio
His rural background began in the small Northern Southland
community and has played a great influence on his getting
involved with radio, as well as his passion for horse racing.
Growing up in Balfour on a mixed farming property, Mr Turner
had always had a rural background and he had wanted to get
involved with radio. When the opportunity arose he could not
have been happier.
Mr Turner balances his radio show with studying at the Peter
Arnett School of Journalism as well as continuing to work
with race horses by grazing and pre-training harness racing
''I had always had an interest in journalism and always
wanted to be involved with radio. Working here lets me mix my
passions with work,'' he said.
He had also become involved with the Balfour Theatre company
which would be putting on a show in June.
Mr Turner also travelled to Dunedin for training with the
Farming Show and Jamie MacKay and said it was worthwhile time
and he had learned a lot.
''It's just a great opportunity.''
Balancing the workload that he does, Mr Turner said it was
hard work to study, continuing training his horses and
present the Southern Farming Muster but it was doable, as he
was well organised.
The biggest learning curve about radio that had happened to
Mr Turner was learning to present and interview on the air
and he was now starting to get the hang of it.
- by Nicole Sharp