The Taranaki teenager runs his own radio station from his bedroom
VANESSA LAURIE / Tips
Tyrese Epiha, 17, created and broadcasts her own radio station The Scoop Taranaki from her room in New Plymouth.
When Tyrese Epiha was younger he liked to listen to the radio and now he runs his own station.
The 17-year-old started The Scoop Taranaki, which streams music 24/7 from his Fitzroy bedroom, and dreams of one day having his own frequency.
“It’s tough, but I want to be able to do what I love,” said Epiha.
He takes courses online and at home through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu and takes a broadcasting course at the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (Witt).
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The Grade 12 student remembers enjoying listening to radio hosts growing up.
“I thought they looked like they were having so much fun. “
Then, about a year ago, Epiha decided he wanted to get into radio and try to have fun on his own.
“I thought I had a microphone, I have a computer, why not? “
He began practicing a voice over the radio, speaking to himself, in the comfort of his room.
“I just did it to see how good I was at the start,” he said. “And I was crap at first.”
Three months later, he launched a live video on social media, discussing topics he had planned the day before.
About 200 of his friends and whānau tune in to hear him talk about local news, the latest trends and “things that are happening in the world”.
He then set up a site where people could tune into his regular shows from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., where he talked about similar topics aimed at an 18-40 age group.
Last week, he hosted a show on The Collaboration in the New Plymouth CBD, for the opening of the Taranaki Schools Exhibition.
Epiha is currently developing a website for her station and is planning a drive-in show between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. soon.
And, he also has advice for other kids: “Find your passion and stick to it.”