Radio Control in New Hands

Laura Walters

Radio Control is ready for change, as the long-time student station says goodbye to its team leader, Jacob Lilley, and welcomes in David Stevens.

Stevens, who has been a part of the Palmerston North music scene since high school and a volunteer DJ at Radio Control for the past eight years, said he wanted to continue his career in music.

The 21-year-old who previously worked at The Stomach said he wanted to give the radio industry a go.

“It’s about being a part of Palmy music, which I’ve always loved, and always been a part of.”

Mr Stevens said Radio Control had a winning recipe.

“You need to find the good stuff in every genre.”

Radio Control was not short of volunteers, but staff always had to be out looking for more, Mr Stevens said.

The station, which has been running for more than 30 years, kept going because it was the only station of its kind in the area, he said.

“It’s the only non-genre-specific local station.”

Former team leader Jacob Lilley said the radio station was strong, but it was time for him to pursue a career related to his degree in politics and geography.

The 21-year-old had headed the station, and co-ordinated volunteers, for about 18 months. Despite the introduction of voluntary membership of student unions, which has seen some services cut, Radio Control was doing well due to hard work, and efficiency, he said.

Stevens had an extensive knowledge of music, and good connections in Palmerston north’s music circle, Mr Lilley said.

Mr Lilley will spend the next few weeks showing the ropes to Mr Stevens, who officially starts on Monday.

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© Manawatu Standard December 12th, 2012.

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