Morning DJ to hang up his mike

23:00, Jan 15 2014
Richard Dryden
SHOW OVER: Classic Hits morning show host Richard Dryden is leaving radio after 16 years in the industry.

The voice Palmerston North people hear every morning will soon be off the air, ending an award-winning broadcasting career.

Richard Dryden, who hosts the morning show on Classic Hits, announced yesterday he would be leaving the station at the end of the month.

He told the Manawatu Standard he had thought about what he had achieved during his time on air, and decided he needed a change.

While always interested in broadcasting after listening to the radio while growing up, the move behind the microphone happened when he was studying sociology at Massey University in Palmerston North. He volunteered at Radio Massey, now Radio Control.

After dropping out of his degree course and heading to radio school, Mr Dryden embarked on a career that has seen him win two New Zealand Radio awards and interview people as diverse as rapper Coolio and former prime minister Helen Clark.

However, it has not all been plain sailing, with a former boss once telling him he would never make it in radio. "Two radio awards later, I think I've proved them wrong."


Mr Dryden said he had enjoyed entertaining people, and put his success down to hard work and having "a big mouth".

"It's all about having a connection with the listeners and being able to make a connection with people, sounding like you're mates when you may have only met them two minutes beforehand."

While he is leaving radio, he said he was not leaving Manawatu and already had a new job lined up at the Bio Commerce Centre.

"[Leaving the area] was not even an option."

Mr Dryden's last day on air is January 31.

Manawatu Standard