Fill The Bus food drive is a big hit!
Thank you. Thank you. And thank you again.
Wednesday’s The Hits Fill The Bus event was an overwhelming and humbling day. You came out in droves as individuals, families, work colleagues and schoolmates to donate to the Salvation Army Foodbank. It was all about the Rotorua community getting out and supporting our own, each doing our own little bit to help to make this time of the year special.
The Salvation Army does such a great job and a lot of people would be genuinely surprised at how many families of all types they support with the foodbank.
There are too many individuals to thank so I’m not even going to try. But we certainly need to thank Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Reesbys for the bus — it is pretty hard to Fill The Bus without a bus — and our NZME family at the Rotorua Daily Post for their support too.
Regular listeners and readers know how much I love my job. I just really enjoy being involved in this great community. I get to be part of some pretty cool things that go on around town, and this week has again provided one of the highlights of the year.
So from Kat, Bryce, myself and all the team at The Hits — THANK YOU ROTORUA.
Xmas music debate
One of the big debates at the radio station every year is when we should start playing Christmas songs. Not just in the studio and office, but we are bombarded by phone calls and text messages about the topic as well. Finding the middle ground to please everyone can be a little tough. Where do you stand on this topic? Are you one of those people who starts playing Christmas music in November, or do you still cringe when you hear Snoopy’s Christmas on December 24? If you are the second kind of person, it appears that you are probably also a lot less stressed than your festive friends and family.
There is new research out that shows repetition of holiday music can have a psychological impact on us. After a point, the more times you hear a Christmas song, the more likely it will lead to feelings of boredom, annoyance and even distress!
That’s because the brain becomes oversaturated, triggering a negative response. If you’re already worried about money, work or seeing family during the holidays, the constant bombardment of cheerful tunes may reinforce that instead of relieving it.
All kind of makes sense when you think about it that way but by the end of the first week of December, the majority want to hear the festive tunes so yes, we are playing them now on The Hits!
I am sure there were plenty of disappointed people, and especially the kids, after the Rotorua Christmas Parade and Festival got called off last weekend. But sitting at home at the time the parade would have been taking place it was obvious that the right call was made. And I do believe it was the right call to try again this coming weekend. Yes, there are a few floats that couldn’t make the rescheduled date, but at least the community still gets its parade, right? Let’s hope tomorrow is a fantastic day for all involved.
For me it means a big day, with Ironman in Taupo¯ in the morning, parade in the afternoon, then up to the Stockcars in the evening, but it’s all worth it to be part of some cool events!
■ Paul Hickey is the host of the locally based 9am-3pm show on The Hits Rotorua 97.5FM. Follow on Facebook The Hits Rotorua and on Twitter @paulhickeynz
Fill the Bus was a great success. Pictured, Ralph Overbye from the Salvation Army (front) Paul Hickey from the Hits, Morgan and Suzy King and Bryce Morris.