Brand new Waitaki Classic Hits announcer hits airwaves

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Waitaki Classic Hits’ new announcer Josh McIntyre is going to be the best friend you never had.

He arrived in Waitaki on Tuesday, and will be live on air from Monday.

Originally from Stokes Valley, a suburb of Lower Hutt, Mr McIntyre studied at the NZ Radio Training School in Wellington, before landing a job for Ski Fm, initially based in Ohakune.

Ski FM, playing mainstream contemporary hit music, then moved to Taupo. He relocated with them and remained there for the last year-and-a-half.

A career in radio came as an outlet for entertaining people, he said.

“I like to make people smile. In friend’s groups, there’s always that one person that’s quirky and entertaining people,” he said.

“I saw [radio] as an outlet.”

After arriving in the District on Tuesday, he’s had Waitaki Classic Hit’s sales manager Danny Park show him the sites – and he likes what he’s seen so far.

“It’s really nice, it reminds me of home,” he said.

He’d never been to Oamaru before, but was attracted to the role to progress in his career.

“I got my original start in Taupo, but I needed that step up, to put on my big boy pants and get into a more serious role,” he said.

Tomorrow, he’ll be the master of ceremonies at the Colour Run, and will be at North Otago’s home semifinal if anyone wants to say hello.

“I’m ready to get to know everyone and getting involved in the community and become everyone’s best friend – the best friend they’ve never had,” he said.

Mr McIntyre will be live from 6am-9am every weekday from Monday on Waitaki Classic Hits on 98.4FM.

By Rebecca Ryan