Sarah Johnston’s Best of Jesse Mulligan

27 Oct 2020
Ngā Taonga has a regular spot on RNZ’s Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan where we share sound archive recordings.
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Sarah Johnston's appearance on the Jesse Mulligan Show, RNZ

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.

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Radio broadcaster Jesse Mulligan.

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.

Trains – rail stories and memories. Brilliantly, the ‘train impersonator‘ mentioned was ‘tracked’ down the following week.

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”.