The story of Radio in New Zealand 1921-1996

Resounding Radio is the largest history project ever undertaken by Radio New Zealand. It was made possible by funding assistance from the Broadcasting History Trust. While parts of New Zealand's radio story have been told from time to time, this is the first comprehensive coverage extending over the period 1921 to 1996.

In making the ten part series, long-time producer Jack Perkins not only drew on archives sources but also recorded much new material. The eclectic nature of research undertaken for the series was demonstrated when 1930s NZBS broadcaster Lawrie Constable discovered an invaluable set of acetate recordings which laid fifty years in his London attic.

As well as providing lively and engaging listening, Resounding Radio also invites the attention of researchers. Please see the comprehensive list of contents with running times and sources.

We take much pleasure in recommending Resounding Radio as a valuable contribution to our 20th century history.


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Archival Audio from: Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

External links

Sources and references

Blackburn, Adrian (1974) The Shoestring Pirates. Auckland, Hodder and Stoughton

Collins, Ken G. (1967) Broadcasting grave and gay, Christchurch, Caxton Press

Day, Patrick (1994) The radio years: a history of broadcasting in New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland University Press and Broadcasting History Trust, (forthcoming), Voice and vision: a history of broadcasting in New Zealand V.2

Downes, Peter Collected Papers. (private Collection).

Downes, Peter and Harcourt, Peter (1976) Voices In The Air: radio broadcasting in New Zealand: a documentary. Wellington, Methuen and Radio New Zealand

Gregory, R. J. (1985) Politics and broadcasting: before and beyond the NZBC, Palmerston North, The Dunmore Press

Hay, David Robert (1999) Broadcasting Policy Advice 1986-88: a critical evaluation of New Zealand's broadcasting policy framework, (Unpublished MPP thesis, Victoria University of Wellington )

Lemke, Claudia (1995) Maori involvement in sound recording and broadcasting 1919 to 1958 (Unpublished MA thesis, University of Auckland)

Mackay, Ian K. (1953) Broadcasting In New Zealand, Wellington, Reed

Sullivan, Jim (1987) A history of broadcasting news, Timaru, Radio New Zealand Archives

Tonks, Joy (1996) Bravo! The NZSO at 50, .Auckland, Exisle Publishing

Watson, Chris and Shuker, Roy (1998) In the public good? Censorship in New Zealand, Palmerston North, The Dunmore Press

Wilson, Helen (ed) (1994) The radio book 1994, Christchurch, New Zealand Broadcasting School, Christchurch Polytechnic.

Sound Sources

Beatson, Donna (199?) A history of Maori radio, New Zealand Broadcasting School, Christchurch Polytechnic.

Downes, Peter, et al (1975) A history of radio (5 parts). Sound Archives! Nga Taonga Korero

Jensen, Owen A history of the YC Stations and the Concert Programme, Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero

Lee, Michael (1996) A history of radio news, 'Insight' documentary. Sound Archives! Nga Taonga Korero

Owen, Alwyn and Perkins Jack Spectrum documentary series 1972-1996, National Radio Sound Archives! Nga Taonga Korero

Rose, Maxine (1996), A history of the Symphony Orchestra, Sound Archives! Nga Taonga Korero

Sullivan, Jim (199?) The news before the news, Sound Archives! Nga Taonga Korero

Twenty-five years between (a history of radio produced in the early 1950s), Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero

Contents of the programmes

The contents listed by running time, detail of material and name of the person speaking, where applicable.

Part 1: A stirring thrills the air - the broad picture 1921-1935

Part 2: The on-air game - The story of radio sport 1921-1996

Part 3: Politics, war and progress  - The broad picture 1935 - 1949

Part 4: 'Theatre of the mind' - The story of drama and the serials

Part 5: The Cinderella service - The story of news

Part 6: The golden years - The broad picture 1949 to 1970

Part 7: Tuning up - The story of the YC stations, Concert Programme and the Symphony Orchestra

Part 8: Te Reo o te Tangata Whenua 'The voice of the people of the land' - the story of Maori radio

Part 9: Hauraki at sea - The beginning of private radio

Part 10: Public versus private - The broad picture 1970 - 1996