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Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan is the programme that gives listeners their chance to learn about the colourful, dramatic, and often remarkable events and people of New Zealand's past.

More about Jim Sullivan and Sounds Historical

  • So long, Sounds Historical
    After a career in broadcasting that started over 50 years ago, our very own Jim Sullivan, the founding host of Sounds Historical, will be retiring to Central Otago at the end of 2015.
  • Songs of My Life: Jim Sullivan
    The former host of RNZ's long running Sounds Historical chooses some of his favorite music.


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