- Classic Hits
- Newstalk ZB
Andrew Dickens is a legend in Auckland radio after a 13 year stint as the breakfast host of Classic Hits. For seven of those years, his show was the number one music breakfast show and was three times nominated as best breakfast show at the New Zealand Radio Awards. Thousands of Aucklanders welcomed him into their homes every morning.
Since 2012 Andrew has hosted a Sunday morning programme on Newstalk ZB. Called “Andrew Dickens Sunday Cafe” the show is a current affairs and lifestyle interview programme. International stars such as Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Neil Finn have graced the show. Writers such as Paula Hawkins, Lord Jeffrey Archer and Emily Perkins have appeared. Panel discussions plus a raft of correspondents such as Michael Van De Elzen, Dan Wootton and Susan Wood round out this top rating show. Andrew’s quick intellect, broad knowledge and humour are vital in bringing it all together
In his 30 years of broadcasting Andrew is a veteran of hosting events. He has MCed large rock events including the Anniversary Day concerts on the waterfront with the Exponents and New Zealand’s largest fireworks display. He has been a regular MC at NZ On Air events and a range of corporate events - including the 2012 New Zealander of the Year Gala Awards and the CAANZ Awards. While overseas he MC’ed a fundraising concert for Kuwait in front of 30,000 people in Southall. A measure of his popularity is the number of events that ask him back year after year such as Buddy Day and the Western Springs Football Club Prizegiving who have now used Andrew for 11 years straight. Often the events find further coverage on his radio show.
Andrew has an in depth knowledge of what makes an event work well and brings a calm and relaxed feeling to proceedings. He adds humour and brings the right amount of gravity when it is required - a true professional!
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COMMUNICATION AGENCIES ASSOCIATION (CAANZ) - CAANZ AXIS SPEAKER EVENT, 2014 - MC
"Andrew hosted and directed the full day event to an audience of over 200 personnel. He entertained and informed in the changeovers and facilitated question and answer sessions. Andrew understood the concepts that were being presented and related to both the speakers and the audience. Andrew had researched all speakers as he has questions on hand to avoid those 'awkward moments' when no questions came from the floor. Andrew kept the event on schedule and was vigilant about matters such as presentation, staging and backstage issues. We found Mr Dickens a joy to work with. He followed our briefs completely and was an entertaining and engaging MC. We would most certainly recommend him for similar engagements." - Paul Head, CEO
COMMUNICATION AGENCIES ASSOCIATION (CAANZ) - AXIS AWARDS, 2013 - MC
"Andrew MC'd the awards ceremony (lasting nearly two hours), to an audience of over 800 personnel from New Zealand's creative advertising industry. We found Mr Dickens to be extremely easy to work with. He followed the brief completely and was an entertaining and engaging MC. We would most certainly recommend him for similar engagements." - Paul Head, CEO
PURE KIWI SPIRIT - NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR AWARDS, 2012
"We could not have staged such a successful event without your support and talent with the presentation of the Certificates of Achievements to the Awards Nominees" - Emma Mcdonald, National Manager
AUCKLAND GRAMMAR SCHOOL - FOUNDATION TRUST GALA DINNER, 2010 - MASTER OF CEREMONIES
"Andrew graciously accepted and enthusiastically adopted the role. Andrew was happy to be involved at the planning stage as well as on the night and attended a briefing meeting prior to the event with professionalism, excitement and passion. At the event he displayed eloquence and added a personal touch with tales of his days at School. The audience was lively and chatty throughout the evening with exuberant talking and raucousness. However, Andrew was able to win back their attention and restore event flow, all the while keeping calm and composed: a difficult task under the circumstances. I would unreservedly recommend Andrew for any speaking or hosting engagement." - John Morris, Headmaster