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Radio Punks

Written by: 20 August 2015 3 Comments

The story of Student radio in NZ. Radio 1, RDU, Radio U, UFM, Radio Active, Radio Massey, Contact, Radio Bosom, Campus Radio, 95bFM was captured in a really engaging manner by Paul Casserly and his well versed in the topic team. It screen this week on Prime and is as shown below on youtube, for now.

I spent a huge chunk of my young man years doing shows on Student Radio in Hamilton, initially on Radio Contact 1440 IXC and then Contact 89FM and after finishing my degree the station provided me with my first “proper” growed up job where I became the Station Manager.

My days at Contact and in the Tron  were filled with booze, radio, music, live bands and mainly booze. My time at the station grew my then love of music into an obsession and latter a career (of sorts)… its also where I met my current partner Pirate Pants (this may not be her real name). In short it was a formative experience and a fucking fun one at that.

So when I found out there was to be a documentary on the six Student Radio stations I got excited and having watched said doco on the bus this morning I am really impressed on how they managed to convey the essence of what student radio was to varying degrees – well done them!

Some punks put it on youtube… give it a watch and then have a beer or seven!



  • Mick said:

    Really enjoyed this. It would have been great if they had fleshed it out a bit to include folk like yaself, but I can understand it was a bit limiting only having 45 minutes..

    It’s true the world over that student radio play the best music. My current favourite is some College station from California, when I can’t stand bfm.

    Esther MacIntyre interviewed Jeremy Wells before it aired. It’s worth a listen too http://www.95bfm.co.nz/default,223207,interview-jeremy-wells-for-radio-punks.sm

  • Bob Daktari said:

    personally I reckon they needed less “look people” and more of the ethic – student radio is bigger than a few individuals or amusing stunts – thats why the stations survive and will continue to (one hopes)

    the essence is a DiY can do attitude, love of music and strong desire to be around people that aren’t “normal nz’ers”

    If they’d interviewed me I’d just have rabbited on about badgers

  • Isidro Berenbaum said:

    Ironically, Gibbs’ daughter Debbi, a friend and a former station manager, played the key role in first extending Radio B’s hours and then laying the groundwork for the station to go FM. She’s one of thousands of people who have played their part in what happened. Firstly, RDU coming back from what might have been earthquake oblivion and finding a new site for itself.

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