Thursday, October 16, 2014

RNZI Mailbox Retires at 65

As part of a re view of all our programming and our costs, we’ve reluctantly made the decision to end our DX listener programme – Mailbox. With fixed funding for the past few years but increasing infrastructure and fixed costs, we’ve had to look very carefully at all our expenses and consolidate funds on our core Pacific regional news and information service.
Mailbox has run since 1990 in its current format - but actually started when New Zealand began its short-wave service in 1949. It has always had a very loyal following.
Since 1990 it has been wonderfully produced and presented by Tony King, then by Myra Oh, with technical input from Adrian Sainsbury. It has featured a series of dedicated and knowledgeable contributors and has included comment and information from listeners all across the world.
I’d like to sincerely thank the presenters, contributors and listeners for their work, commitment and dedicated listenership over the last 24 years. You’ve all been a significant part of the RNZI story.
The final Mailbox programme goes to air week commencing 4 August.
Linden Clark
Mailbox is presented by Myra Oh, with regular contributors Bryan Clark and John Durham who provide DX reviews, and Kevin Hand who reviews the 'Utility Bands'.
There are occasional features on Pacific Radio from David Riquish. Frequency Manager Adrian Sainsbury attempts to answer technical questions and letters, and Mike Bird provides the latest in propagation news from IPS Radio & Space Services. This programme is for the short-wave listener enthusiast.
Listen here:Mailbox for 4 August 2014 ( 20′ 34″ )