27 Oct 2013

Spectrum for 27 October 2013: Sound Around the Clock

From Spectrum, 12:10 pm on 27 October 2013

In 1963, Broadcasting House opened. It was the nerve centre of the country's radio networks and home to the Capital's stations. It was demolished in 1997 to make way for an extension of parliament that never happened.

In 1972, Spectrum’s Jack Perkins recorded a day’s activities in Broadcasting House. He followed the preparation of programmes such as Jessica Weddell’s ‘Feminine Viewpoint’, ‘Appointment at Four’ with John Gordon, and Lindsay Yeo’s commercial breakfast session live on 2ZB.

In 1936, Professor James Shelley, the first director of the National Broadcasting Service (NBS) envisioned a headquarters for New Zealand radio to be built in Wellington. War and the shortages that followed delayed its construction but finally Broadcasting House opened in 1963.


(Photo courtesy Mike Lee)

The four story facility (2 floors below ground) contained 7 studios, two of these could accommodate audiences, bands and small orchestras and were considered world-class. Home to Wellington’s radio stations and other production units, Broadcasting House also contained Master Control, the nerve centre for the country’s radio networks.

BH Studio One

Studio One could accommodate an audience, bands or a small orchestra. The acoustics were excellent.

Its Japanese-made technical equipment was state-of-the-art and one of the building’s distinctive and advanced architectural features was the hyperbolic paraboloid roof, designed to span a large space with few supporting columns.

BH Typical studio

A typical on-air studio

BH Master Control

Master Control, nerve centre for the country's radio networks.