About Sounds Historical

Sunday night between 8pm and 10pm

Jim Sullivan is an oral historian and archivist, he brings to light, unveils and unwraps the treasures, and some of the mysteries, collected in the vaults and stacks at Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Nga Taonga Korero.

Jim also presents new material from oral histories he has recorded, from identities he has ‘picked up’, and he features weekly interviews with the authors of a wide range of New Zealand history based publications.

Sounds Historical listeners make their own weekly contribution in the ‘As I Remember‘ segment in which they share personal and family memories.

Sounds Historical expands our listeners’ knowledge and understanding of their past. It allows them to experience the major events, politics, joys, triumphs, disasters, sadnesses, music and minutiae of daily life of past generations.