Wednesday, 27 January 2021

WHITIANGA WEATHER

New More FM announcer a keen surfer with some Red Bull stories to tell

On Monday this week, Coromandel’s More FM welcomed announcer Mike Plant to their team. Mike is joining Michelle Johns on the Mediaworks station’s weekdays Breakfast Show. With former Breakfast host, Andy George, relocating to Christchurch, this is the first change in the station’s line-up of Coromandel-based announcers in four-and-a-half years.

Mike grew up in Auckland, but spent most of his school holidays on the Coromandel. He’s a keen angler and surfer and has many friends in Mercury Bay, from Whangapoua to Cooks Beach. “I’m pretty fond of Whitianga,” he says. “When the Corogold festival was still going, I’ve spent many a New Year in the town.”

Mike entered the radio industry in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles across New Zealand, including four years as a Breakfast announcer in Northland. In 2015, his wife accepted a role with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s campus in Saigon. After arriving in Vietnam, Mike went job hunting and it didn’t take him long to secure a position as a consultant for some of the government-owned radio stations. In between, he was in high demand as a Master of Ceremonies and DJ at Red Bull events. “In conjunction with my radio work, I’ve always been DJ’ing around New Zealand,” says Mike. “It’s something I really enjoyed doing and getting a tap on the shoulder from Red Bull was a major highlight. I was part of many awesome events all across Southeast Asia. I have some pretty cool stories to tell.”

Back in New Zealand in 2019, Mike joined Mediaworks and was based in their Rodney studios where he primarily filled in for Auckland-based More FM announcers who were on holiday or unable to work for personal reasons.

“My wife and her family also have a long association with the Coromandel and when Andy’s position became available, it really was a no-brainer to take the plunge,” says Mike. “We’ll initially be based at my family’s bach in Whangamata, although my wife will spend about half her time in Auckland, continuing to work for the media company she became a part of when we returned from Vietnam.

“Personally, I hope to become a well-known More FM ambassador along the east coast of the Peninsula. My wife and I have a strong charitable focus, the SPCA and Hospice being two of our favourites, but will do whatever we can to help local charities as well. Whenever someone has need for an MC or DJ, they just need to let me know.

“I look forward to meet as many of the locals as possible and plan to become a familiar sight carrying my surfboard into the water at Hot Water Beach.”

Pictured: Mike Plant joined Coromandel’s More FM as a Breakfast announcer on Monday this week.

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