Beach FM The Team

ashgrahamAsh Graham in our studio 2013


The Team

Beach FM is a live and local radio station with loyal listeners and a reputation for providing the highest quality local information and entertainment in the Kapiti/Horowhenua region.

Beach news, sport, weather and commuter information are the leading sources for the 35+ aged listeners in the area and Beach is well known for our up-to-the-minute reports. Many local businesses utilise Beach’s airwaves, include the local police who phone us with the latest information, sports teams when they have any cancellation. Even the Mayor uses Beach to talk to local residents. We also have interviews with councillors, event organisers and personalities from all over the region.

We broadcast live from 6-8pm after which we join the BBC. With a listenership from Pukerua Bay to Palmerston North and beyond.  With our target audience being 35+ we play music from the 60’s onward, and occasionally nostalgia from the 50’s.

Beach FM is your local, live, community focused station with a large listenership in the Kapiti and Horowhenua region – all on one frequency – 106.3FM.

Nigel Hopkins – Morning radio host 9am – 12 noon

About to retire from a varied career I was coerced by the founder of Beach FM Paddy O’Donnell , to  “get your arse on “my” radio”, (1998) Beach FM 93.5.

Over time I have been sales person for Beach FM as well as having my “On Air duties”. I took over the “live” news reading 6-9am for local, national, international and sports news bulletins.   Oh, and I was the editor and reader of the “Local Sports” news from day one until present.

Perhaps my radio career started in the late 1960’s on 2ZB, when I convinced the then producer of Sport – Bill McCarthur that the sport of Cross Country and Track Athletics  was worthy of a slot on their Friday night Sports Programme. It proved so popular, that I was asked to cover all major athletic events in the Wellington region.

Highlights on Beach FM, for me has been the recognition by Bowls NZ ,that Beach FM was the community radio that produced the  greatest coverage of the sport of Bowls in NZ, at the time. I won the media awards two years in a row.  To the contributors to my programmes over the past 13 years, which included the Saturday Sports Programme for nine years,  Sunday morning for 5 or 6 years, the current 9-12noon show and  many other time slots over our existence, a big hearty thanks. You make the “LOCAL” come true.

Corran “Crispie” Crispe

Corran Crispe is the Managing Director of Beach FM and the stations Breakfast Announcer.

He has been in the radio game for more years than he really is keen to remember, and for most of his life he has been known as “Crispie” and it stems from when he was at school, so if you meet him on the street sometime, ask him about the story.

He is a man of many passions, his family of Joanna and her daughter Ingrid, and live at home son Caleb. And his son Liam in Tauranga and the family dog Milou. He loves the radio business, golf and motor racing.


John Hayes – Radio Announcer

Heading Beach FM’s show “The Time Machine” John has a complete broadcasting CV. He started as a technician at 4ZA in Invercargill 50 years ago, and since then has been involved in most  aspects of broadcasting:
– sports;  – current affairs;   – continuity announcing; – management; and – software development.

Most of his broadcasting has been in smaller stations in New Zealand,  but he has also worked on both commercial and non-commercial networks  in both New Zealand and overseas. He was manager of the first station  to open in Levin, and announced on the first day of permanent  broadcasting in the Kapiti/Horowhenua.  John has been part of the Beach FM team for more than 10 years, and is very  proud of it as one of the last examples of local radio.


Ron Snowden

Radio Sports Commentator and Drive-On Show host for Beach FM.

35 years in Radio and Television. Senior Sports Journalist , Sports Editor , Commentator and Talkback host. Worked in Dunedin , Napier and Wellington and now Kapiti .

Worked at three Olympic Games for television and two Commonwealth Games for Radio. 12 years as a presenter  for TV Racing show Trackside.

Commentates international cricket , rugby, rugby league and  bowls .



Tee Cameron – Copy and Production engineer

Tee is a young local chap that loves to stay up to date, and current with everything, including music, news, and local events.

“I haven’t got one particular favorite artist, I’ve got heaps! I love to be smart, happy, and love a bit of humour.

Tee is Beach FM’s Copy Writer and Production engineer.

Tanya Ellis – Account Executive Assistant and on Air

My Dad says I have a tongue with a hinge in the middle and it flaps at both ends so I guess it’s no surprise that I ended up in radio!

I’ve done pretty much everything before coming to Beach FM; I have a degree in nursing, have worked in banking, insurance, an aquatics centre just to name a few but at the age of 39 I decided to follow my passion and so I graduated from NZRTS at the ripe age of 40 with a Diploma in Radio Journalism.

I’m sort of Tanya of all trades at Beach, being an E.A to the directors. I love writing and voicing ads, which helps when meeting new clients as often I can jot down quirky ideas on the spot!

Now I will be hosting Beach FM’s afternoon show between 2 and 6 pm keeping you up to date with traffic conditions and flying the flag for Horowhenua as well as Kapiti!

Mother to one fur-child and back living in Levin, look out for me in the bright red Beach FM vehicle – give me a wave or stop me for a chat.

Judy Marshall – Account Manager

Judy comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge of Kapiti and Horowhenua. Some of you might remember her from her days at Kapiti News.

Judy works with Sales for Beach FM – and if you would like to talk to her about placing advertising with Beach Fm, give her a call. She will look after you and your organisation and business. Her aim is to help your business grow and to be heard in the region!


Pearl Rooney – Administration Manager

Administration Manager for Beach FM

Joanna Piatek – Co-director

Co-Director, photographer, Journalist

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