Jon Toogood, lead singer of Shihad, is turning his intense passion for music into a weekly one-hour radio show on Radio Hauraki, with the first episode airing this Saturday, May 23.
Every Saturday afternoon from 5pm-6pm, Toogood will take to the airwaves on his new Radio Hauraki show ‘Planet of Sound' showcasing his vast musical knowledge, while playing music that means something to him personally.
Toogood says, "Radio has always really interested me. Ever since I was a kid listening to music on the radio and hearing presenters talk about music, it's always struck me as a really direct and personal way to reach a lot of people at once and share the language that is music."
Toogood lives and breathes music through his various projects, including Shihad and The Adults. More recently the muso has been working on different styles of music in a solo capacity, as well as mentoring high school student groups
"I love music from all kinds of genres and eras," Toogood says. "Obviously, I'm known as a rock musician, but my appreciation for music goes beyond just that genre. So when I realised Hauraki had moved beyond being just a rock station in the last couple of years, I decided this could be the right fit for my first ever radio show."
The show's playlist will be selected by Toogood, and the new radio host intends to bring a mixed bag to the airwaves.
"I've developed a whole lot of feature ideas," he says. "I'll be playing some new stuff that I've heard and liked, but mostly slightly older music from the last 30 or so years that has had some kind of impact on me as a musician, and me as a person. And I'm going to talk to a fellow New Zealand musician every week and uncover some local heroes as well."
Hauraki Content Director, David Ridler says the team is thrilled to welcome Toogood to the on-air line-up, which will have him share the same microphone used by other Hauraki presenters Matt Heath, Jeremy Wells, Mikey Havoc, Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte.
"I've always admired Jon as a musician and songwriter, but also as a total music fanatic," David says. "Every conversation I've ever had with Jon about music just displays his incredible passion for the art form, but also the breadth of his music tastes. I can't wait for the show to start!"
Planet of Sound can be heard every Saturday afternoon across the 16-market Radio Hauraki FM network, as well as being streamed live through Hauraki on iHeart Radio, which is available in New Zealand and Australia.