“…All I can see at first is a temporary coffee stand and a pop-up dairy – but then I spot the truck tucked away in a corner by a fence.
There is no sign of life from the driver’s side – so I circle around and see a little footstool leading to an open door.
I poke my head in and see a fat bloke in shorts and jandals behind a microphone – discussing Whitney Houston’s drug habits.
This, I learn, is Josh “Spanky” Moore, host of RDU98.5FM’s Breakfast with Spanky show.
RDU’s new digital studio, known as the RDUnit, is the back space of a 1986 Mitsubishi Canter – bought from a horse trainer in Kumeu, west of Auckland, for $9000.
The “tack room”, an adjoining area where trainers would hang their saddles and sleep – has been converted into a DJ booth.
The side panel of the truck, which the horses used to be loaded on and off, can now be used as a stage for live gigs.
For anyone interested in music and technology – this is some seriously cool shit.
It’s the brainchild of station manager/owner James Meharry, 37, who, along with his partner Karyn South, 36, bought RDU from Canterbury University’s student union about six years ago.
The pair’s commitment to the station and the local music scene is unquestioned, and the work they have done to keep the station going, inspiring.
They could almost be pin-ups for the Christchurch rebuild – young, hard-working, full of hope for the future…”
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