Onehunga.FM – a new local podcast network2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
A local with a passion for broadcasting has realised a dream he’s had for a long time – a podcasting network serving the residents of Onehunga and surrounding suburbs.
Josh Couch, an award-winnng podcaster and radio producer, says he wants the venture to connect people in the neighbourhood with local issues. “I saw this need to know what’s going on in our backyard without the news being overwhelming,” he says. “I want it to be part of our local media eco-system.
“We’re always hearing about the terrible things happening on the other side of the world but feel powerless to do anything. The hope is that people listen to these podcasts and feel as though they can take ownership of the issues; they can make change.”
Originally, he wanted to run a low power FM radio station but didn’t have the money or resources to be able to run it on a daily basis. His decision to produce podcasts is pragmatic; it’s cheaper and sustainable with a long-term viability.
The first of his podcast series is Too Much Talk, a local body politics show. Josh says the name comes from a quote by Elizabeth Yates, who was Onehunga Mayor in 1893. She said:
“There is in both borough councils and in Parliament too, a great deal too much talk.”
He produces the show with the help of another local, Tim McCready, who is interviewing the election candidates for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki. Firstly though, he’s talking to people who live and work in the community – what’s their take on the real issues affecting our daily lives?
The series is definitely worth listening to, and at the time of writing, there’s two already available to listen to on all podcasting platforms including Spotify, Apple and Google.
To find out more, go to onehunga.fm. If you have an idea for a show, contact email@example.com.