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MANGO MUSIC with LES - Modern ANd Golden Oldies

Monday and Thursday 10am-noon (Rahina me Rapare)

MANGO MUSIC with LES - Modern ANd Golden Oldies


Tena koutou katoa.

I’m Les Robb and I’m your host on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to noon.

During that time I play my choice of modern music and golden oldies, or “mango music” for short, with lots of kiwi tracks included.

You can let me know your favourites too: by email or phone.

And I’ll keep you informed with what’s on in our community, and beyond.

Join me on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am (NZDST).

Mango Music with Les, on 88.1 fm, Howick Village Radio. Also now on 107.1 in Botany/Flatbush.

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Thu, 21 Oct 2010 G'day from the '3' of us. All well here in soon to be sunny and warming Melbourne (25C today so Helen and Vanessa are happy!)Our request something Aussie lol

Good morning Les, receiving you loud and clear here at Teschemakers(North Otago). Its cold and very blustery here today,

but the sun is shining so hopefully it will warm up. Have a good day. Pam.

Telepathic requests : As Pokarekare Ana was playing this morning, I wondered what I could request and THEN YOU PLAYED IT. I was going to ask to hear IZ and I only had to think it.

BRILLIANT! (Nadine in Invercargill)

Release Date: 10/29/10

Mon, 1 Nov 2010

  • G'day from a drying out Melbourne, 75mm here in this part over the weekend. Will let you select a request :-) (Rod)
  • Hi Les Jim from Stirling Scotland anything from Jackson Browne
  • Wendy Taylor I just requested WEST LIFE or LEONA LEWIS ...Forgot to say where I,m from ...ENGLAND !!

Thu, 4 Nov 2010

Hi, its Wendy from ENGLAND again ...Do you have Leona Lewis's RUN please ...Thankyou Wendy ..


Hello Les Jim in Stirling Scotland again thanks for playing my request on Sunday night / Monday morning in NZ you got my location bang on .

Good to know you have Scots blood. Here's one to test your record library any Warren Zevon if not Chris Rea thanks 10 minutes before 10pm here

Shoutbox UK Cookie13-12 12:57:4

12:57-- UK Cookie: Hi Les, Wish I was there. It's b****y freezing 'er keep that music coming


Mon, 20 Dec 2010

Its Wendy from freezing cold Margate in England with lots of snow !!

Do you have JMES BLUNT .."Goodbye my Lover"

Thanks in advance ...

Have a wonderful , peaceful & healthy christmas x

Mon, 10 Jan 2011

Hi Les Jim in Stirling (Scotland) a belated Happy New Year to you all in NZ.We have the snow back again 5 inches or so on the ground.If you could play Night Owl by Gerry Rafferty who sadly passed away the other day.Its for all my friends on Planet Watch and of course Rod up in Melbourne Oz thanks

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 Harvest Moon by Neil Young

G'day from over the water. A request from Helen and Vanessa. Weather today in Melbourne cloudy and mild 20C on the way to mid 20sC with rain developing.

For some help with pronouncing Maori place names, Click on this: http://www.korero.maori.nz/resources/map.html


Tune in to Gary’s Grooves every Friday night from 6pm-8pm to hear some of the grooviest tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & today.

Gary’s Grooves 6pm-8pm every Friday night here on 88.1 & 107.1 East FM

Gary's Grooves

Saturday's 8am - 12pm the "Budget Breakfast" with Tony King
4 hours of music, news and information

For requests phone: (09) 537 2375 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next Budget Breakfast Program;

Songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's through to the present day plus on the specials board each week:
Featured Artist (4 tracks)
Featured Songwriter or Album (4 tracks)
Rolling Back The Years (4 Number Ones from the NZ, AU, UK or US charts in the selected year)
Two at Ten Twin Track from The Beatles

And In winter the HEAT PUMP HOT SPOT:- Send in your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will answer

Plus of course some of the following...

Instrumental of the week
A Hit Before Your Mother Was Born (1900 - 1950) - raiding the 78's
Culture Shock: Something a bit highbrow or classical
Live at Eleven - two live tracks
The Wide World of Music: Foreign/Ethnic/Latin/Continental/Eastern/Native/Celtic
Novelty Track: Something humourous or light hearted
Golden 'B' side: One that could arguably have been an 'A' side
Connections: See if you can guess what connection the four songs have in common some are easy some are not
One Hit Wonders: Those that rose to the occasion just the once
Before and After: The original version followed by the significant hit version that we are familiar with
Lost & Found: A rare thing or two from Tony's "Buried Treasure" Chest
A veritable pot-pourri of hits from the last 6 decades 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and yes even today
TV or Movie Theme
A look at the day's paper and comment
Snippets of useless information
News of local events

Original promo lyrics (so you can sing along!)

Budget Breakfast on the radio, Saturday at eight o’clock it’s time for Tony’s show,
Let’s tune in and see if it's begun, on 107.1FM and 88.1,
Sports, News and Weather, Featured artists and albums, Hits before your mother was born,
TV themes and Movies themes, Sixties and Seventies and Eighties, to compliment the show,
Budget Breakfast on the radio, No expense is spared at all to bring you Tony’s show,
That’s why they call it free to air radio, Saturday’s on East FM, that's the place to go.

The Can-Can Promo lyrics (so you can sing along!)

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Listen to the radio on Saturday it’s Tony’s show, every week on East FM on your local radio,
Budget Breakfast starts to rock Saturdays at 8 o’clock, You can listen with your friends a pleasant start to your weekend,

Budget Breakfast, runs on the smell of an oily rag, Budget Breakfast, no expense is spared at all,
Budget Breakfast, there’s no company credit card,Budget Breakfast, cup of tea and bread and lard,
the biscuits hard, cos life is hard, money’s tight but she’ll be right cos on the program we’ve got: -

Who, Rolling Stones and Beatles, Marmalade and Abba, Thompson Twins and Kinks, And hits before your mum was born,
Coldplay, Robbie Williams Crowded House and Dragon, Split Enz, DD Smash and Shona Laing, there’s, AC/DC, UB40, OMD and U2, ELO and Cliff, And all three members of the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac and Monkees, CCR and Dire Straits, Guns & Roses, Genesis and Cream

Culture Shocks and novelties, Budget Breakfast aims to please, News and weather on the hour, sun or wind or scattered showers,
Where d'you find this classic show, East FM on radio, Saturdays at 8am on 88.1FM and 107.1FM,
Despite the rain, he don't complain, he tries so hard to entertain you, STOP, cor blimey

Favourite Quotes: -

"Don't go to bed angry, stay up and plot your revenge"

"It will be alright in the end and if it's not alright then we haven't reached the end yet"

"Never let an artist you don't like get in the way of a good song"

"Deja Poo - the feeling you've heard all this crap before"

"If at first you don't succeed do it the way your wife told you to do it in the first place"

"Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people seem bright until they open their mouth."

"Always keep your words soft and sweet in an argument just in case you have to eat them."

About Tony:

Born in Edgware, Harrow, London 1949 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1970. Married 45 years to Lorraine and with three daughters. Currently employed as Temperzone Product Manager for Temperzone Limited manufacturer and distributor of Air Conditioning equipment (44 years with company).

A semi-pro Singer/Musician (guitar/keyboard)/Songwriter 1966 – 2014 with bands such as Life's Possession" (UK), "King B" (UK), "Tramp", "Hobson’s Choice", "Silent Partners", "Starlite Express" and the duos "Jokers Wild" and "The Right Stuff".

"Hobson’s Choice" were well known in Maraetai and Beachlands for quite a few years in the late seventies/early eighties. Likewise "Jokers Wild" were well known in Howick/Whitford just a few years ago and played outside the Howick Information Centre a few times at Saturday Fairs.

When young and stupid, initially turned down an offer from Manfred Mann to record one of own songs “Floating On A Rainbow” in 1968 and when finally convinced the error of his ways it was then too late. Recorded once with Albert Hammond, was on the demo of "Make Me An Island" eventually a hit for Joe Dolan.

Wrote a song “Don’t Believe” that was released as a single in 1972 by Tramp that was performed by Tramp on Studio One New Faces same year as Steve Gilpin (Misex) won and Shona Laing appeared. Wrote a song “Looking For Trouble Tonight” that appeared on the Radio Hauraki Homegrown album and was performed solo on the TV programme “Threshold Promotion Company” circa 1980.

Wrote a song “Foolish Heart” that was one of seven finalists in the TV programme “Song For The Pacific” circa 1980 to select a song to enter in the Pacific Song Contest. Came a disappointing sixth.

A vast musical knowledge especially of the sixties, seventies and eighties rock/pop music scene. Attended the last ever Beatles UK concert (not counting the rooftop performance) at Wembley in May 1966 and bought Sgt Peppers the day it came out on Friday June 1st 1967.

Attended the Rolling Stones free Hyde Park concert and the Royal Albert Hall performance of Tommy by the Who all on the same day. Walked over Brian Jones’ grave in Cheltenham UK (by accident). Great fan of artists such as The Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, Genesis/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Tony Banks et al, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Marillion & Fish, Shadows, Queen & Zucchero.

Also great fan of the Goons and Jasper Carrott.

With wife Lorraine managed local Howick/Pakuranga band Plane Jane for two years in the late nineties. A couple of the members now playing in "Tablefox".

Check out my videos on Youtube
or my original songs on MySpace
or my duo The Right Stuff on MySpace