Always fascinating, this segment has been handled by Sarah Johnston since 2016. Johnston has a great knowledge of the collection of the former sound archive and supplies material to productions and the public in her roles as a Senior Client Access Liaison.
We’ve collected some classic cuts from the last few years. If you’re a regular listener, do you have a favourite? The segment airs early on Wednesday afternoons.
Sarah Johnston's appearances on Jesse Mulligan:
The Sesquicentennial – from 1990 marking 150 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, these recordings include novelty songs and broadcasts of commemorative events.
UFOs and Close Encounters – hear about the Kaikōura Lights and other inexplicable sightings.
Dogs! – the Lunar Year of the Dog brought out some doggy gems. Includes dog whisperer Barbara Woodhouse, and Darkie the rat killer.
Endangered native birds – for 2017’s Bird of the Year competition, some recollections that track the decline and revival of native birds.
Cook Islands – radio broadcasts from the Cook Islands before and after 1965 independence.
Broadcast to schools – school students from the 1930s–1980s may recall these special broadcasts of music lessons, social studies or science topics.
Hero image: Sarah Johnston in the RNZ studio.
Chinese New Year – includes special recollections of New Year commemorations or gold miners in 19th century Central Otago.
Visits from United States Presidents of the past – marking the 2016 US election, these recordings from past visits include Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton.
Early Māori broadcasts – some of the earliest radio broadcasts of Māori are shared here, including a major hui at Tūrangawaewae Marae.
The six o’clock swill – recordings of booze and drinking culture, both for and against.
80s Kiwi sports anthems – the name says it all, includes ‘Sailing Away’ and some classic tunes from jingle maestro Murray Grindlay.
New Zealand and Tonga – have a listen to radio connections between the Pacific nations.
Death of Princess Diana – do you remember where you were?
Royal Weddings – always a popular occasion! British Royal couples tying the knot.
Rugby on the radio – more sports anthems, including the incredibly catchy “Give it a Boot Robbie”.