12 Jun 2011

Blue Smoke: Radio and NZ Pop

From Blue Smoke, 1:00 pm on 12 June 2011

Chris Bourke looks at the radio dance bands that broadcast live to air during the 1940s and 1950s, covers the impact of radio, and considers the influence of broadcasters such as Arthur Pearce (Turntable) and Bob Bothamley. The latter was NBS's "head of dance", who created the radio band system in which the top New Zealand bandleaders were featured each week presenting new arrangements with the best local musicians. Among the music is archival recordings of Julian Lee, Crombie Murdoch, Don Richardson and Lew Campbell. The programme also looks at the shift in pop radio from the conservative approach of ZB in the 1950s to the dawn of pop radio as we understand it now.