About ten years ago – maybe a little more – I made some programmes for a Radio New Zealand series called Musical Chairs. Each programme focuses on a person who is very important in the world of New Zealand music. Usually it’s a musician, of course – but for me – one radio DJ had to feature.
Recently, thanks to the help of someone in the organisation, I came into possession of archived CD copies of those programmes, for which I am incredibly grateful. It’s a real pleasure for me to be able to hear these after such a long time. And until such time as someone expressly tells me in writing that I shouldn’t – I’ve got them here (via Mixcloud) for you to listen to as well.
Each programme is just short of 30 minutes, and I’m really pleased with them. I’m okay with my writing, my editing and my production (even, at times, my presentation) – but moreover – I’m really pleased to have captured a moment in time as well as a potted history of some of my favourite kiwi music people.
I’m going to be back in New Zealand in July 2012. Wouldn’t it be great to get the chance to revisit these stories, meet with these people, play them the programmes and then maybe get them to talk about the intervening years? That’d be an interesting exercise – for me, certainly.