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The 95bFM Historical Society

Produced by Dubhead, with thanks to Troy Ferguson

The 95bFM Historical Society: Graeme Hill

The 95bFM Historical Society: Graeme Hill The 95bFM Historical Society: Graeme Hill, 67.43 MB

Graeme Hill - aka Graeme Humphreys of the Able Tasmans - was the first regular breakfast host, a programme director, and a contributor to the school of "ït isn't bullying, it's the filter of talent". Here he discusses...oh dear. Perhaps you should just listen. (Episode 12 Part 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Black

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Black The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Black, 73.68 MB

Andrew Black 1984 to 2007 "No vacuum cleaners!". "I've been here for 15 years". "I have been known to tell callers to burn in hell". There's many quotes from Andrew Black, Wanker; but he once stated that a quotation from elsewhere summed him up best:: "I am ill, I am angry and I'm as ugly as sin..." No, not Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground, but Magazine's Song From Under The Floorboards, a song he surprisingly overlooked in this episode. Plenty of growling, grumping and griping though. (Episode 31 Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jim Pinckney

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jim Pinckney The 95bFM Historical Society: Jim Pinckney, 49.55 MB

Jim Pinckney AKA STINKY JIM heard 95bFM when he first visited New Zealand in 1988, and upon his permanent return in 1990 began his long association with the station, helming such legendary radio shows as Tranquility Bass and Stinky Grooves. He has also been a member of acts like Unitone HiFi, Soundproof, and more; and Jim is the man behind the Round Trip Mars label, releasing SJD, Phelps and Munro, James Duncan, The Naked and Famous, and the lauded Sideways compilations. (Episode 13 Part 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jennifer Weather-Centre

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jennifer Weather-Centre The 95bFM Historical Society: Jennifer Weather-Centre, 79.21 MB

Jennifer Weather-Centre 1993 to 2000 Jennifer, oh Jenny... Drawn to 95bFM by a psychic flash, she became a breakfast show shining star across three + different hosts, utilising a saucer and a flagpole to report on Auckland's weather. Jennifer Weather-Centre was one of the most effervescent voices on 95bFM throughout the 1990s, and in this episode gives her perspective on the hosts she worked with and the music she associates with them. (Episode 32, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Rick Huntington

The 95bFM Historical Society: Rick Huntington The 95bFM Historical Society: Rick Huntington, 76.45 MB

At the age of 8, Rick built a fully-operational radio station that broadcasted from his treehouse to his family house. For the last 25 years, Rick has been in charge of every technical and sonic aspect of 95bFM, ensuring the quality of the sound which comes out of your speakers, sometimes even defying death by hanging upside-down from the 14th floor of city buildings holding a transmitter. He is also Rick Breeze, and did indeed build a scientific weather centre on the roof of his house. (Episode, 14 Part 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Sir Vere

The 95bFM Historical Society: Sir Vere The 95bFM Historical Society: Sir Vere, 73.98 MB

DJ Sir Vere 1991 to 97; 2002 Phil Bell found his way to b via punk rock, and from there to a lifelong record buying addiction. After producing a New Order fanzine in the early 1980s and learning the art of live DJing from his Dad, he became a renowned club DJ in the late 80s. Then, along with DLT, Slave & Base, he founded the "world famous" Trueschool Hip Hop Show, and branched out into careers in television and print media. "I don't want this episode to be all about punching people in the face, but..." (Episode 33, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Bishop

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Bishop The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Bishop, 72.29 MB

Andrew Bishop arrived at 95bFM in 1981, around the same time as his friend Francis Hooper. They both went on to found fashion boutiques and labels, and their time at bFM coincided with a post-punk shift in sensibilities which affected not only music and fashion, but also the belief that bFM's kind of broadcasting could affect those outside of stereotypes. Also, he was in the band Sons In Jeopardy. (Episode 19 Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Gemma Gracewood

The 95bFM Historical Society: Gemma Gracewood The 95bFM Historical Society: Gemma Gracewood, 78.41 MB

Gemma Gracewood 1993 to 2000 During the 1990s, Gemma single-handledly reinvented the approach of 95bFM's News & Editorial, taking the station's news content from lifting from the NZ Herald and Time magazine to a fully-functioning, national class newsroom. A Pioneer of sorts, she championed women's roles at 95bFM and had a hand at producing the Breakfast show with Mikey Havoc. She also rethought the idea of how 95bFM threw parties. (Episode 34, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Bill Kerton

The 95bFM Historical Society: Bill Kerton The 95bFM Historical Society: Bill Kerton, 70.6 MB

Could somebody with a background in commercial radio make it in the murky world of 95bFM without being laughed out of the building? Bill did. After radio experience in Whangarei, Hamilton, and Belfast in Northern Ireland, Bill arrived at bFM as Production Engineer, moved across to being Program Director during the mid-90s boom time, and was the breathing news radio voice of Vas Deferens. (Episode 17, Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Scott Kelly & Greg Wood

The 95bFM Historical Society: Scott Kelly & Greg Wood The 95bFM Historical Society: Scott Kelly & Greg Wood, 73.24 MB

Greg Wood 1992 to 1997, Scott Kelly 1994 to 2000 Scott Kelly and Greg Wood were primarily 95bFM "creatives" -- ie they wrote advertisements -- but their contribution went much further. Sometimes too far. They were co-creators of "the fart bank" and "the fart button", and along with "Mystery Celebrity", were hosts of the reasonably-long-running and decidedly average radio show, "The Friday Night Allen". In this episode, you can hear examples of their (ahem) "work", a classic News injection from Vas Deferens, and they ask, "Do you like chicken?" (Episode 35, Parts 1-3 of 3)