Stu­dio up­grade for The Hits

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

A cus­tom-made desk, some huge flat screen TV pan­els and three new mi­cro­phones are just some of the changes mak­ing The Hits Taranaki an­nouncer Emma Helleur’s work life eas­ier, she says.

“I am re­ally pleased with the new stu­dio NZME has put in our New Ply­mouth of­fice for The Hits Taranaki, not only be­cause it looks great, but be­cause it is a clear sign of the in­vest­ment NZME is mak­ing in hav­ing a lo­cal day­time show in the com­mu­nity.”

The new stu­dio was fin­ished at the end of Au­gust, and Emma says it has al­ready made a dif­fer­ence in her work.

“The new control panel is just amaz­ing. It is in­tu­itive to use and makes parts of the job much more straight­for­ward.”

As a day an­nouncer on The Hits, Emma says the job can get “very busy” at times.

“We have peo­ple call­ing in to talk about some­thing lo­cal we have just dis­cussed on air, or to en­ter lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions we are run­ning, as well as peo­ple from all around Taranaki call­ing to en­ter the na­tional ‘cue to call’ com­pe­ti­tions we have on the go as well. I need to take their calls, and get that on air while also mak­ing sure our weather up­dates are given on time as well as deal­ing with any break­ing news in the re­gion. All this while also mak­ing sure our lis­ten­ers are en­joy­ing The Hits’ ex­cel­lent mu­sic playlist with­out any hitches!”

Emma says she is also en­joy­ing hav­ing such a “flash” stu­dio to in­ter­view guests in when she does in­ter­views with lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties or vis­it­ing celebri­ties. “The first few days I was al­most scared to touch any­thing as it all looks so new and shiny!”

With Emma live on air from 9am to 3pm on weekdays, she says the stu­dio is prac­ti­cally her sec­ond home. “So hav­ing some­thing which looks and feels great is im­por­tant as I spend so much time here.”

Emma says her stu­dio wasn’t the only one to re­ceive a makeover, as the other stu­dio in the build­ing also re­ceived one. That stu­dio is mainly used by Emma’s col­league, Bryan Vick­ery of NZME sta­tion Hokonui, who hosts a lo­cal break­fast show on weekdays from 6am to 9am.

■ Fol­low The Hits Taranki on In­sta­gram to see the be­fore, dur­ing and after pho­tos of the new stu­dio. The Strat­ford Press is part of NZME

The Hits Taranaki an­nouncer Emma in her new stu­dio.

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