I just got in from a blustery journey to Radio New Zealand to appear on (what we used to call) the Concert Programme to talk about this year’s Film Festival. Concert FM has an excellent daily magazine show called Upbeat, hosted by Eva Radich, and I suspect this is the first time that Merle Haggard has been played on that earnest station.[audio:http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/upbt/upbt-20110712–1242-dan_slevin-048.mp3|titles=Dan Slevin reviews films showing at this year’s NZ International Film Festival. (14?13?)]
For radio nerds like me this was a very enjoyable visit. The Concert FM booth is just like the old ZM one I worked at in the late 80s, very manual, faders and CD players, etc. The Nine to Noon booth at Radio New Zealand National is for voice only and Kathryn Ryan has an operator in another room pushing all the playback buttons. I want the Concert studio in my own home. Swoon.