Children’s show must go on
Ronnie Mackie is a radio rock star to many young kids.
The Mt Albert resident has been writing and producing a radio programme for children called That’s The Story out of the shed in his backyard for the last 10 years.
Kids all across the country would wake up bright and early on a Sunday morning to hear his voice boom across the airwaves on Coast FM.
But that all came to an end when the show was dropped and the last programme went to air on October 26.
‘‘We always had to do this little tag at the end of the show that said: ‘This show was made with funding from New Zealand On Air’,’’ the 48-year-old says.
‘‘‘My mum died about 14 months ago and I had got her to do one where she said: ‘This programme was made by my very clever wee boy Ronald Alexander Mackie, oh, and with a little bit of help from New Zealand On Air’.’’
He got emotional hearing his mother’s strong Scottish voice utter the last words of the very last show.
‘‘It was very tricky for me,’’ Mackie says.
‘‘You do the same thing for 10 years and it becomes indelibly etched in your psyche.
‘‘It is just what you do, it is right up there with brushing your teeth.
‘‘The show thing.’’
Mackie give the
every- is determined to original songs, stories and programmes another lease on life and has started a PledgeMe account to get a subscription based website up and running.
‘‘With 1820 stories and songs that have only ever been told once, it would almost be a crime not to do something about it and have them told again,’’ Mackie says.
Thousands of children sent in their stories to be read by well known New Zealanders during the radio show’s long run, he says.
Participants have included a governor-general; Helen Clark when she was prime minister; John Key and former newsreader Judy Bailey.
single person ever, not once, Mackie says.
‘‘John Campbell works for the opposition and he even said: ‘Oh marvellous’.’’
Mackie says more than $2600 has already been donated.
Right sound: Ronnie Mackie has been producing a children’s radio programme out of the shed in his backyard for the last 10 years, now he wants get it all online. Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click Latest Edition to watch a video of Ronnie Mackie talking about the future of his radio show.