Hard News by Russell Brown


Announcing: IRL at The Golden Dawn

Hello! You know, it's waaay too long since we've done an event for you. Well, I've fixed that. On the afternoon of Saturday week, September 5, we're kicking off a new talk series called IRL at The Golden Dawn and it's going to be a lot of fun.

"We" in this case is me, 95bFM's nine-to-noon host Esther Macintyre, Matthew Crawley and his team at The Golden Dawn in Ponsonby – and Orcon, who are kindly making all this possible.

Esther helped me out with this year's Splore Talk and I'm a big fan of her radio show, so I was keen to work with her again.

The programme will kick off with Esther interviewing Mainard Larkin, aka Randa, who is one of the most intriguing figures in New Zealand popular culture.

Then I'll be chatting to Ali Ikram, the Campbell Live reporter who left his job with TV3 when that show got the chop and has now joined the ranks of media soldiers of fortune. You can be assured I'll get the, er, story.

Silver Scrolls finalist Anthonie Tonnon will then join us to play some of his smart, journalistic songs.

And finally, all of us, Anthonie included, will convene on a plenary panel to address important questions submitted by you, the live audience, on hand-crafted artisan pieces of paper, which Esther and I will draw from a hat. (NB: Serious questions and silly questions are both important. And the paper probably won't be artisan. As such.)

It's going to be a lot of fun, and there will be the excellent Golden Dawn food and drink to add to the merriment. Note that this is happening out in the Golden Dawn courtyard, which is mostly sheltered, but if the weather is too foul, we have a rain date set for the following Saturday. But hopefully not.

Note that, like the old Great Blend events, IRL is free to attend, but you'll need to RSVP here.

Capacity is limited, but I've held a few places for the unfortunate souls who can't use the internet at work and will release those this evening.

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