In the second of 2 programmes, Spectrum’s co-founders, Alwyn (Hop) Owen and Jack Perkins continue their chat about the life and times of Spectrum. The first Spectrum aired in March 1972 and 43 years later it’s still running. Perkins is hanging up his microphones after 56 years in Public radio.
After 56 years in Public Radio and 43 producing Spectrum, Jack Perkins is calling it a day. His swan song is a 2 part chat with Spectrum's co-founder, Alwyn (Hop) Owen about the life and times of Spectrum. The pair began Spectrum in 1972. (part 1 of 2)
Roger Lusby’s skills define versatility:- mechanic, builder, craftsman, recording engineer, musician, balladeer, performance poet. Based on experience, he’s written about fruit picking in Central Otago, the Mckenzie Country, Canterbury’s infamous Nor’westerly winds, maintaining machinery in the Antarctic,- the list goes on. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins chats with Roger about his colourful life with illustrations from his poetry.
Maverick and visionary, Mother Suzanne Aubert was responsible for New Zealand’s first purpose-built child daycare centre behind Wellington’s Basin Reserve. Both government and the public were suspicious of the Home of Compassion Crèche, constructed in 1914. Daycare could encourage mothers to neglect their children said the values of the day. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins explores the newly renovated building with Heritage architect Alison Dangerfield.
This week on Spectrum - A Night at the Museum. Katy Gosset heads to the Catlins in search of the Lost Gypsy Gallery. In remote Papatowai, Blair Somerville crafts automata, or moving sculptures, from recycled materials and displays them over the summer to appreciative tourists. But on a bleak winter's evening, during Blair's off season, Katy pays a visit after dark and takes a torchlight tour she calls ‘Automata Nocturne’.
Josie Lancaster has converted the basement of her Porirua home into a Koha Shed where people bring all manner of goods – clothes, toys, books, furniture, the list is long - to help those in need in the community. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins finds out how it all works and talks to the givers and receivers of koha (Maori for gift).