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New radio station a guru of music

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LOVE OF MUSIC: Rob Fussell at Living Nature, where he works as a massage therapist.
© The Bay Chronicle

With Kerikeri's growth, more young people are settling in the area. Among them is Rob Fussell whose new GuruFM radio station is filling a gap for alternative music enthusiasts.

Rob, has spent the past eight years travelling which has helped him compile a collection of more than 20,000 tracks which he is broadcasting from his Hone Heke Road bedroom.

The low power community station can be heard on 107FM in an area between Bulls Gorge and Matauri Bay, depending on the weather.

Rob, who works as a massage therapist, runs the station with the help of an automated computer programme and a few volunteers.

"I'm doing it purely for the love of music," he says.

Rob aims to feature local DJs and musicians plus, in time, surf reports and job information.

Rob wakes his listeners with a chilled selection, including blues and Brazillian beats, progressing through a variety of genres to techno and dance music in the evenings.

Sunday afternoons are dedicated to New Zealand music.

© The Bay Chronicle Thursday, 23 August 2007.

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