Radio Southland Series Salutes Southland Songs

Southland songs to hit the airwaves

GWYNETH HYNDMAN

ALL ORIGINALS: Graeme Woller and Liv McBride will host a “no covers” show featuring southern
artists on Southland Radio. Photo: JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ

Tall poppies are more than welcome at a new radio show, The Great Southern Songbook, that launches tonight.

Far East duo Liv McBride and Graeme Woller are taking over the airwaves at Radio Southland at 8pm for an hour of “no covers” Southland music.

“It’s a nice, sophisticated outlet for musicians around town to get exposure,” McBride said yesterday.

“There needs to be something out there dedicated to musicians in Southland.”

She and Woller – both well-known musicians in the Southland music scene – wanted to start something that would open up an opportunity for fellow musicians working to get their original music played on airwaves. “We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” she said.

“Both of us wanted to contribute – it’s our way of giving back.”

The name of the show comes from the aim – to present to the region a collection of purely Southland tracks, she said. Public input was wanted to put the show on the right track.

“We want to speak to anyone out there who has a memory of the original music scene or an opinion of where it is now, or should be.”

Live performances, giveaways, feedback through a Facebook page, and live streaming on the Radio Southland website will all be features of the show, she said.

“We have some amazing exports – Chris Knox, Dave Kennedy, Khan Manuel, Jason Kerrison … and we have so many more who are sitting on the edge. They’ve got the talent, the songs and the passion, they just need two things: a following and an outlet.”

To listen to the show go to 96.4 FM tonight at 8pm.

McBride was named Southland Entertainer of the Year in 2010.

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© Southland Times February 1, 2012.

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