The Roxborogh Report is a music and travel blog by New Zealand media professional Tim Roxborogh. Obsessed with popular music since childhood and with a lifelong desire to explore as many corners of the globe as possible, Tim has turned these passions into a blog.
Whether writing about music or travel, Tim loves overturning people’s preconceived ideas and is often focused on the underrated and the overlooked, even if that’s within the mainstream. With monthly web traffic in the tens of thousands and more than one million total hits, the Roxborogh Report is one of the most read New Zealand-based music or travel blogs (or in this case, both). For enquiries please email [email protected]
Tim Roxborogh (35) is an award winning radio announcer, travel writer/photographer, music blogger, music director, journalist, voice-over artist and cricket commentator with 18 years major market experience in Auckland, New Zealand. He has travelled around the world (including seven years in Malaysia as a child) with his articles published almost 100 times in major newspapers and magazines. More than 400 additional articles are available here on The Roxborogh Report.
Tim described his philosophy on travel to Let’s Travel magazine in 2016:
“For me, travel is about storytelling. It’s hearing people’s stories and creating your own. It’s the fun when things don’t go entirely to plan. It’s being open to new experiences and the kindness of strangers. It’s about challenging stereotypes and misconceptions. It’s being unrelentingly curious; of wanting to know what’s down that street, what’s behind that door, what’s around that headland and what the view is like from that mountain.”
As a metropolitan radio announcer Tim has primarily hosted music breakfast, music afternoon drive and night-time talkback radio. Tim has also been a newsreader, an event MC, a TV extra and has lectured in broadcasting. In 2016 he was thrilled to launch his own digital iHeartRadio station called ‘Coast Soul’. Career highlights include:
- Being (at the time) New Zealand’s youngest metropolitan breakfast host (Easy Mix FM, aged 26, 2008).
- Achieving record ratings (with co-host Tim Wilson) for the Sunday evening slot on Newstalk ZB with the highest Auckland figures (23.7% all ages 10+) going back at least 10 years (2016).
- Nearly doubling ratings in less than a year with Newstalk ZB co-host Pam Corkery (2012).
- Establishing own digital soul and R&B iHeartRadio station ‘Coast Soul’ (2016).
- Getting a weekly column in New Zealand’s most-read newspaper, the New Zealand Herald (‘Travel Bugs’ – 2017)
- Winning a New Zealand Radio Award with former Commodores bassist Ronald LaPread (Best NZ Produced Music Feature – ‘All About Soul’ – 2008).
- Commentating international cricket for Radio Sport (2015-2017).
- Securing seven interviews with Bee Gee Barry Gibb (2005-2016).
- Surpassing 1,000,000 total page hits for his music and travel blog the Roxborogh Report (2016).
Beyond the interviews with his greatest music hero Barry Gibb, Tim has interviewed everyone from Prime Ministers to sporting legends to numerous showbiz stars. These have included Fleetwood Mac, Lionel Richie, Sheryl Crow, Russell Brand, John Mayer, Burt Bacharach, Russell Crowe, Cliff Richard, Michael Buble, Hall & Oates, Brian Wilson and many others. Click here for a montage of highlights from some of those interviews.
You can hear Tim on New Zealand’s number one rated commercial talk station, Newstalk ZB, one of the country’s biggest music stations, Coast, on Radio Sport and on the iHeart Radio station ‘Coast Soul’.
Specifically, Tim hosts Newstalk ZB’s ‘The Two’ (with Tim Wilson, formerly with Pam Corkery) every Sunday 8pm-11pm and is a frequent solo fill-in host and contributor on other shows. His Coast show is Sundays 6pm-8pm, his iHeart Radio station ‘Coast Soul’ is 24/7 and you can also hear his cricket commentary on Radio Sport in the summer.
For examples of Tim’s on-air work, please scroll through the Audio & Video page.
Tim writes the weekly New Zealand Herald newspaper column ‘Travel Bugs’, with the tagline, “the joys of moaning about your holiday”. The New Zealand Herald also frequently publishes Tim’s full length travel and music features, as does Let’s Travel magazine. Tim has also written for Listener, Concrete Playground, Woman’s Weekly and M2 magazines.
Tim’s published music articles have included features on the Bee Gees, the Eagles and Chicago while his travel articles have taken him everywhere from dodging kangaroos in the Australian Outback, to dog-sled riding in the Oregon snow, to swashbuckling through the Solomon Islands jungle, to snorkeling in a Mexican cave, to finding paradise on a deserted Malaysian island, to temple hopping in Cambodia, to climbing the Great Wall of China, to driving the Florida Keys in a convertible Mustang, to visiting the site in Memphis where Martin Luther King was assassinated, to teaching English to school children in Guatemala and a whole lot more. There are the 5-star hotels that have you pinching yourself and there are the 1-star dives where you have to plug the sinkhole to stop the cockroaches.
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