New radio host aims to hit a ‘home run’ across New Zealand, but with a news slant
George Penk, former producer of the Home Run’ drive-time show takes over as host of the popular Rhema national show which has changed its name to the News Run
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (ANS) — George Penk, 22, the former producer of Rhema’s popular the Home Run radio show in New Zealand, has taken over as host of the program which is now called the News Run.
Penk takes over as host of the top-rated show from veteran broadcaster, Rob Holding, who has become the pastor of a small Assemblies of God church near Tauranga, located in the Bay of Plenty region.
In an interview with ANS, George Penk said, “I’m really excited to be hosting the program. It’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to.
“The show will run for three hours a day (4-7pm), instead of five hours as it was last year. It will be more news-focused than it was previously, which is reflected in the change of the name from the Home Run to the News Run.”
Penk told me that he was born in West Auckland as one of five brothers.
“Our home has always been a Christian one – both my parents are committed Christians,” he went on to say. “While my mum is a Protestant, my dad is a Roman Catholic; so I grew up between the two churches. Looking back, I really appreciate this – it has given me an appreciation of the diversity of the Body of Christ.
“Coming to a personal faith in Christ has been a journey for me really – I don’t have a dramatic conversion experience, but there have been some things that have really helped me to move ahead in that journey.
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