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The 95bFM Historical Society

Produced by Dubhead, with thanks to Troy Ferguson

The 95bFM Historical Society: Patrick "Dubhead" Waller

The 95bFM Historical Society: Patrick "Dubhead" Waller The 95bFM Historical Society: Patrick "Dubhead" Waller, 78.67 MB

In this episode, Dubhead turns the mic on himself & relates tales of his 24 year involvement in 95bFM - 19 of those as the host of The Rhythm Selection. From rocksteady to roots reggae, experimental avant-garde to singing a commercial for car stereos, Dubhead asks himself the hard questions and explains why the magic of radio has never ceased to amaze him. (Episode 24 Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Debbie Gibbs

The 95bFM Historical Society: Debbie Gibbs The 95bFM Historical Society: Debbie Gibbs, 83.75 MB

Debbi Gibbs 1983 to 1989 Unlike many of the 95bFM Historical Society alumni, Debbi DID in fact graduate - with a degree in architecture. However, she hasn't ever been an architect: instead, she managed the Straitjacket Fits & the Headless Chickens in the 80s and 90s, and and went on to manage producers - like Flood. Debbi was at the helm on b at the pivotal time when it was to broadcast throughout the year and switch to the FM frequency. *** THIS WAS THE FINAL EPISODE OF 95bFM HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 40 years = 40 interviews. Dubhead would like to thank all the participants for their graciousness; and tips his hat to EVERYBODY who has contributed to radio b since 1969. (Episode 40, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Boak

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Boak The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Boak, 75.85 MB

Andrew Boak first appeared at Radio b with a demo of his mod band The Regulators in 1980, and soon after became one of the "Gang of Andrews", the team who transformed the station into basically what we know today. He went on to NZ's first commershull FM station while still spinning discs on b's Resurrection Punk Show and playing guitar in the legendary No Tag. (Episode 25 Parts 1 and 2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Duncan Campbell

The 95bFM Historical Society: Duncan Campbell The 95bFM Historical Society: Duncan Campbell, 71.75 MB

Duncan Campbell started the Campus Radio Sound System -- Auckland's first-ever reggae radio show -- in 1979. In these dark days, reggae was hard to come by in NZ: and to mailorder the volume necessary to run a show, it was necessary to get an importer's license from the Custom's Service. Duncan recounts the evolution of the show. (Episode 6, Parts 1-4 of 4)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Renee Jones

The 95bFM Historical Society: Renee Jones The 95bFM Historical Society: Renee Jones, 73.28 MB

Renee Jones - longtime Saturday Afternoon host, cartoonist, and industrious music industry worker -- tells of arriving at 95bFM in 1989, after an obsessive love affair with the station which began in her first year of high school. Being fired from Freak The Sheep, being considered "old school" while in her mid 20s, and deciding to marry her husband after hearing him on the radio (but not meeting him until later). (Episode 26 Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Liz Tan

The 95bFM Historical Society: Liz Tan The 95bFM Historical Society: Liz Tan, 69.24 MB

Liz Tan was the youngest station manager in the history of bFM, taking the controls when she was 21. Along with her phenomenal organisational skills, she had great musical taste and could spot raw talent: it was Liz who encouraged her teenage pals Slave & Otis to think about broadcasting. Liz in now in the business of motion pictures. (Episode 7, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Dickens

The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Dickens The 95bFM Historical Society: Andrew Dickens, 78.67 MB

Another of "The Andrews" who stormed the hippie b-astion of Campus Radio at the dawn of the 1980s and got the radio station on the path to the future with consecutive broadcast licenses and ready for FM. Andrew was one of the crew who transplanted the station to Ohakune for a legendary 3 week stint, and was the station manager for two years - without his parents knowing until they saw him on TV. (Episode 27 Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jude Anaru

The 95bFM Historical Society: Jude Anaru The 95bFM Historical Society: Jude Anaru, 79.36 MB

If the Historical Society had a Higher Hall of Fame, Jude Anaru would be a guaranteed inductee. In the 1980s, Jude was pivotal to radio b becoming bFM and finally getting a proper 24-7 365 days of the year licence from the RBA, and also for setting in place guarantees that meant bFM still exists today. (Episode 9, Parts 1-3 of 3)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Hugh Sundae

The 95bFM Historical Society: Hugh Sundae The 95bFM Historical Society: Hugh Sundae, 68.67 MB

Hugh Hughes, the character formerly known as Hugh Sundae, was something of a broadcasting prodigy after he found his way into bFM at age 14. By age 17, he was standing in for breakfast host Graeme Hill for a 6 week period, ensuring that high school lost any appeal whatsoever; and before he was 20 he was co-hosting a TV show with Bic Runga. He's even been to Mongolia (tho he doesn't talk about that here). (Episode 28 Parts 1-2 of 2)

The 95bFM Historical Society: Peter McLennan

The 95bFM Historical Society: Peter McLennan The 95bFM Historical Society: Peter McLennan, 67.61 MB

In the first of the bFM Historical Society's NZ Music Month shows, Peter McLennan of the hallelujah Picassos and Dub Asylum talks of his parallel music and broadcasting career. Pete selects tunes representative of his time as a run of station heavy-on-the-reggae DJ and as host of the Sunday arts programme, The Culture Bunker. (Episode 10, Parts 1-2 of 2)