From Mickey Mouse to mic chick

New radio DJ tickled pink about role

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 11:50 18/02/2013
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Palmerston North woman Renee Pink, 25, picked up a live-on-the-air phone call with her hands shaking this morning.

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More FM Manawatu's new breakfast host might have no experience in radio, but when it comes to talking, she's no Mickey Mouse.

Palmerston North woman Renee Pink, 25, picked up a live-on-the-air phone call with her hands shaking this morning.

On the other end of the phone were her co-hosts, Mike West and Gareth Pringle, telling her that after a very public audition process, she had the job.

"It's a pretty awesome feeling right now," Pink said.

"Getting this has consumed my life for the last month.

"Everybody knows you're going for it so there's the real fear of failing so publically.

"My mum started crying when it was announced - she was balling her eyes out."

Pink is the replacement for Bel Crawford, who moved to Tauranga More FM after four years co-hosting the breakfast show.

She only got back to Palmerston North on January 6, after spending a year in Florida acting out Disney characters for children at Disney World.

"It's kind of surreal - four weeks ago this wasn't even on my radar.

"I've always wanted to be in entertainment and I've done a lot of it with stage shows and of course Disney World, but radio, it's not something I ever thought about before this.

"But then I saw there was an opportunity to be on a morning show with no radio experience and I was just like, 'that fits me'."

Pink is confident she can handle the rigours of mornings on air, which will force her to be up at 5am.

"Early starts will take a bit of getting used to.  I love my coffee now but it's going to become my best friend.

"But I'm a natural talker. Growing up my friends were always like 'Renee stop talking'.

"It's funny because with this job, the audience I'll be talking to, they're my friends and family. That's kind of weird, but it's so awesome."

Pink said her style would be to put her personality out there and not be worried what people think.

But she had a warning for her new co-hosts.

"I'm really girly so those boys better be ready."

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- Manawatu Standard

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