Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - MEMORIES -

Ker­ima-Gae has been pre­sent­ing Juke Box Jive on Alive 90.5 on a Fri­day night for the past 22 years.

In early 1994 Ker­ima-Gae read an ar­ti­cle in the ‘Hills to Hawkes­bury Liv­ing, then the ‘Hills TV Guide’. The pre­sen­ter of Juke Box Jive on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion 2CCR FM 90.5 was look­ing for an as­sis­tant. Here was her chance to be­come in­volved. She was de­lighted to re­ceive a pos­i­tive re­ply to her of­fer of as­sis­tance and on Fri­day May 6, 1994, was to be her first night on air.

After 18 months her co-host sud­denly quit which left her with the ques­tion ”Do I con­tinue?” Well, this year in May she cel­e­brated 22 years of broad­cast­ing.

Juke Box Jive is a rock’n’roll nos­tal­gia pro­gram fea­tur­ing hits and mem­o­ries from the 50s, 60s and 70s, with a spe­cial fo­cus on songs you never hear on the com­mer­cial sta­tions. Most of Ker­ima-Gae’s lis­ten­ers grew up with this mu­sic and it brings back won­der­ful youth­ful mem­o­ries.

In her first solo broad­cast she had 10 CD’s in her col­lec­tion – now, as it is a re­quest pro­gram she has over 1,300 CDs. She loves to be able to talk to her lis­ten­ers when they call in re­quest­ing songs.

Over the years Ker­ima-Gae has had some won­der­ful spe­cial guests in­clud­ing Frank Ifield & Johnny Devlin.

Away from the ra­dio sta­tion Ker­i­maGae has had an in­ter­est­ing ca­reer and life. After leav­ing school she stud­ied at the Hawkes­bury Agri­cul­tural Col­lege and was the first woman to grad­u­ate in Poul­try Tech­nol­ogy. She worked in this field for a num­ber of years and then came quite a ca­reer change when she started and ran her own ten­nis coach­ing school for 12 years be­fore an­other dra­matic ca­reer change this time be­com­ing a coach tour op­er­a­tor - her present oc­cu­pa­tion. With her busy life she looks forward to Fri­day nights where, with her lis­ten­ers, she can im­merse her­self in nos­tal­gia.

Tune in to Juke Box Jive on Alive 90.5 on Fri­days 9pm till mid­night and don’t for­get to phone 9686-3888 for a re­quest.

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