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  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    it's been a really rich training ground for journalists and broadcasters.

    Examples please.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    it's been a really rich training ground for journalists and broadcasters.

    Examples please.

    In no particular order ...

    Me
    Damian
    Wallace
    Hugh
    Jacqui Brown
    Mikey
    Jeremy Wells
    Jose Barbosa
    Simon Pound
    Imogen Neale
    Aroha Harawira
    Jude Anaru
    Andrew Dickens
    Chris Forster
    Andrew Hawthorne
    Hannah Sarney
    Joe Nunweek
    Gemma Gracewood
    Noelle McCarthy
    Patrick Crewdson
    Paul Stowers
    Damien Lay
    Marcus Lush
    Graeme Hill
    Paul Casserly
    Nick Dwyer
    Andrew Boak
    Bill Kerton
    Brent Impey(!)
    Debbi Gibbs (who later ran BBC World Service in NZ)
    John Taite (now a senior exec at BBC Worldwide)

    And that's far from all, and not including those, like Stinky Jim, Dubhead and Troy who have made their mark within bFM.

    (Although I should note that much of my list are bFM broadcasting and journalism grads in general, and not just Wire hosts, although Patrick and Damien were my Wire producers, and most others had editorial experience at b. Didn't see the original quote.)

    Then you can start looking at the graduates from bFM Creative.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • bronwyn,

    Examples please.

    Ha, I'm glad I accidentally deleted my first post and saw Russell's much more extensive list.

    I'd also add Kim Choe, now at TV3, and Paul Deady, the current bfm news and editorial director - he's a great interviewer.

    tamaki makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also, Kim Choe, now at TV3, and Paul Deady, the current bfm news and editorial director - he's a great interviewer.

    Both talents.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    You made up Stinky Jim and Troy, right?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Apart from the being one of the few radio shows that can interview people for up to 20mins at a time without ads

    And this is a very important point in itself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    So with that impressive list, shouldn't someone voice the opinion to bfm that it would be an epic fail to reduce the Wire slot. Be proactive!

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Hughes,

    You made up Stinky Jim and Troy, right?

    Stinky Jim is gonna murder you.

    Arch Hill • Since Apr 2010 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    So with that impressive list, shouldn't someone voice the opinion to bfm that it would be an epic fail to reduce the Wire slot. Be proactive!

    I have already.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    So why doesn’t bFm get broadcast nationally then?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I have already.

    Ha, you're da bom! Now everyone else should too. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I will also miss the Cocktail Corner, even though nearly every drink they made sounded revolting.

    Maybe Matt will take it with him to the breakfast slot.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Bennett,

    As i understand it, The Wire will become one hour of straight News and Current Affairs - no songs. That would actually make it longer...

    Since Apr 2010 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    As i understand it, The Wire will become one hour of straight News and Current Affairs - no songs. That would actually make it longer...

    I suppose so. But the ability to intelligently mix music and editorial content has been quite unique. I'm not sure an hour of solid talk is what listeners actually want.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    As i understand it, The Wire will become one hour of straight News and Current Affairs - no songs. That would actually make it longer...

    That's what I suspected actually just quietly :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Wammo, you and Charlotte are missed from chch airwaves - thanks for your take on RDU takeover... my take is that while James and Karen may well have taken a risk in taking over the station, but
    - no one else was given a chance or even knew what was going on... still, empires have been built on less... and mushrooms grow in shit in the dark... (well that's more of a shiitake than a take...)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Wammo,

    Wammo, you and Charlotte are missed from chch airwaves

    Kind Ian, very kind. There is much that I do miss about broadcasting from Christchurch. I still broadcast to Christchurch but that largely goes under the radar along with the ad breaks.

    In saying that, Christchurch really is an oddball city. The recently boosted raise-your-hands-in-the-air-pop-some-bzp-keep-the-beats-going-24/7 Pulzar FM just scored a rating higher than RDU ever scored in the commercial survey. That's pretty farked.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 42 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    So why doesn’t bFm get broadcast nationally then?

    I'm not sure if the other student radio stations would be happy with that. In fact, I suspect they'd be pissed and it would tear their structure (b-net I think it's called?) apart.

    They all seem to stream live over the interwebs, so anyone anywhere should be able to listen.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Phillip Magee,

    @Sofie
    I have the misfortune to cross the bridge twice a day. It is always fucked, some days it is just more fucked than others. Matt and Chris can make even the accommodation guide interesting but something as dull as traffic will always be dull. It probably hurts to think of b listeners as just your average commuter.
    @Hugh
    Two years seemed too short in your case. Maybe if Mikey had only done two years I would also be looking back in a nostalgic manner on his time. Remember that crazy Havoc dude?....

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Phillip Magee,

    As an outsider can one of you guys explain the relationship between ratings and the long term viabilty of student radio. Is there a point where low is too low or will AUSA funding exist forever (barring Roger Douglas interference) ?

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'm not sure if bfm isn't self-funding, as someone noted, it's got a much bigger audience than other student radios. AUSA is already voluntary so they don't have much money to throw at things that bleed money every year.

    Radio One still gets a sizeable grant from the students association, and would be under threat from VSM.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I have the misfortune to cross the bridge twice a day

    May I suggest, Move ;)
    Hey what about those park an' ride bus things?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    The student union was only contributing about a fifth of bfm's annual income by the late 1980s, with adverts counting for the rest. Space in the student union building probably helped (did the station pay rent?).

    To give some perspective, that AUSA funding was about twice the entire budget of other small b-net stations in places like Palmy. In fact, bfm's import vinyl budget was more.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    May I suggest, Move

    Cruel :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm not sure if the other student radio stations would be happy with that. In fact, I suspect they'd be pissed and it would tear their structure (b-net I think it's called?) apart.

    It was looked at when I was on the board, and the likely response of the other bNet stations was certainly a factor, yes. But a bigger one was that it's really expensive to expand into other markets. You have to somehow get your hands on a frequency, and then be able to transmit.

    In the end, it's way more effective to just be on the internet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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