Broadcast to bring people together in spirit

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The streets will be filled with the sound of music but the community will stand separately in silence.

Cave FM owner Robert “Caveman” McKenzie will air an Anzac Day broadcast on Saturday through speakers, outside his station in Mersey St.

It was endorsed by the Gore RSA and will replace the cancelled dawn service due to Covid-19.

The speakers combined are 1500 watts and can be heard throughout the town centre.

His service will be played on air for people further afield to listen to.

“It covers most of central Gore to get people standing outside and to hear it,” Mr McKenzie said.

“We’re encouraging people to turn it up and spread the love.”

He tested the outside speaker premise last week with his radio station in a “wash the Covid blues away” edition where he played music for the community.

It was well received and he decided it was applicable for the Anzac service too.

“There’s no dawn service so it’s trying to do something for the community to be together in spirit.”

The service would begin at 5.55am with three high school pupils singing the national anthem.

It would be followed by the Reveille, the Ode of Remembrance, God Save The Queen and the national anthem again.

During the broadcast New Zealand First list MP Mark Patterson would read a poem written by a relative who was in the war and Gore mayor Tracy Hicks would speak as well.

Both conversations would be held on the phone, he said.

The speaker portion would last for about 20 minutes but would continue on air afterwards.

He had played the Reveille and the Ode of Remembrance for the past five years, but not to this extent.