NZME’s radio interns launch audio network

NZME’s 2021 Radio Internship team have been tasked with one job – to build New Zealand’s newest digital audio network, and choose what it sounds like.

Seven 20-somethings, all graduates of the New Zealand Broadcasting School at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, have designed and built Kick, a youth focused digital audio network launching on iHeartRadio today.

NZME Chief Radio Officer Wendy Palmer says: “We’re incredibly proud of NZME’s record of supporting New Zealand’s radio stars of the future into our industry.

“In the past our radio interns have had diverse roles across a variety of networks as they complete their training. This year we’re harnessing the combined skills and energy of these incredibly talented young people by letting them build their own network from the ground up.”

NZME was recently voted Best Media and Communications Employer in the 2021 GradNewZealand survey of New Zealand’s most sought-after employers. 

Last year, NZME employed 20 interns and cadets.

NZME’s class of ‘21 audio interns select the target audience, create the playlists, run network promotions and marketing, and launch strategy and branding.

NZME Chief Content Officer Mike McClung says: “We have a responsibility to nurture young talent and provide them with the opportunity to grow their knowledge and gain the industry experience that will supplement the excellent training they’ve come to us with.

“Our young Kick team of Meg, Isaac, Kate, Matt, Bishop, Zoe and Ella represent the future of audio in New Zealand and we’re all very much looking forward to hearing the results.”

Kick – exclusively on iHeartRADIO Wednesday 7 April.


Content Director/On-Air: Meg Wyatt

Music Director/On-Air: Isaac Carter

Digital Director/Producer: Kate Davey

Promotions Manager/On-Air: Matt Hutchins

Promotions Manager/On-Air: Bishop Ryan

Imaging Producer/On-Air: Zoe Norton

On-Air: Ella Shepherd

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