We’ve asked staff to describe an item from the collection that they really like. Here’s Marketing and Communications Advisor David Klein.
One item in our collection that I was stunned to hear is [Radio Hauraki First Breakfast Broadcast 1966-12-05.]. Yes, the first broadcast of the Radio Hauraki breakfast show. This took place on 5 December 1966, from a boat in the Hauraki Gulf.
I watch and listen to archival material every day at work, but this one really surprised me. It struck me as such a fleeting moment – a pirate radio broadcast. I didn’t imagine we would have it in the archive. I didn’t imagine anyone would have it. Just then and gone, into the ether.
It turns out though that this was an off-air recording by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation – perhaps to keep an eye on the upstarts. The radio landscape in 1960s New Zealand was very different – the recording certainly captured a feel of the country many years prior to my birth.
Audioculture provide a good background to the emergence of Hauraki.