Glenorchy Country Radio broadcaster Chas Drader at his Glenorchy home with his new HP computer donated to the station by the Rural Women New Zealand Glenorchy branch. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
"Morning you lot."
Glenorchy residents will be well used to the wake-up call
from Glenorchy Country Radio's Chas Drader and this week the
station gained a $9999 upgrade.
Rural Women New Zealand's Glenorchy branch was able to give
money to Mr Drader's station which started three years ago
and ran on an old HP computer which had been destined for the
Although the "old girl" had lasted, Mr Drader said this was a
welcome addition before the summer, as the heat was
guaranteed "to blow her up at any point".
"I'm chuffed about it."
The station earns only enough to pay for the power bill and
licence fee, so without the women's kind funding the station
would have been running on empty.
He had founded Q92 23 years ago but started the Glenorchy
based station three years ago after he "retired" at age 65.
He said he has had positive feedback about the station in the
community and has enjoyed every minute of it.
"I enjoy doing it, it gets me out of bed. I haven't heard
anything bad, though they probably wouldn't tell me," he
"It's sort of like talking to the family in a way.""They soon
tell me what they want to hear when you're down at the pub."
Mr Drader has over 50 years' experience as a radio
broadcaster and said, since he had moved from the Queenstown
office, he returned to the resort only twice a year.
Rural Women NZ Glenorchy spokeswoman Kate Scott said they
wanted to help Mr Drader's station because it was a community
"For a small community it is a pretty awesome set-up."
"His radio is totally self-funded and he does it out of the
goodness of his heart and we felt he needed some support. His
previous computer was something his wife intercepted from the
dumpster and he made it go again, so that's some good Kiwi
"I think he's pretty stoked, actually."
"It is a really great way to communicate in a small place