Barbara Magner won many fans when she brought her lively, personable style to 60s era magazine show Town and Around. Born in the Waikato, Magner began her broadcasting career on state radio, then in the 60s moved into continuity announcing on television. Further television gigs followed into the 70s. Magner passed away on 12 July 2014, at the age of 77.
Press clippings of the time invariably describe her as ‘bubbly’, ‘vivacious’, ‘personality plus’. Tim Hume, in a 11 June 2006 Sunday Star-Times interview