Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to JacksonP,

    Anyway, I salute you Rick. You always said hi, welcomed us grommies, and fixed our fuck-ups when we tipped our coffee into the desk.

    Amen. The man is a legitimate legend.

    One Rick story I told that didn’t make the cut. In one of the alternative rugby commentaries we did (yes, bFM had them too) we’d put together some sound effects that weren’t really cutting it, and the whole thing sounded a but thin.

    10 Minutes in, the phone goes in the studio and it’s Rick. “Turn up the OB channel,” he said.

    We did, to discover that he’d taken a feed out of his Sky decoder, EQd out the proper commentary and plugged it into his OB unit to send to the station. So we had all the crowd noise and everything. People asked us afterwards how we’d managed to get a feed from the broadcaster.

    We hadn’t. It was just the genius of Rick.

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Somehow 2015 doesn’t feel like the 1980s. Different times call for different solutions.

    I guess the question might be whether someone perceived as an old-school class warrior is the best person to address late-stage capitalism in the 21st century.

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  • Hard News: Baboom: it's serious, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Baboom would have the better UI (newer, I guess) and the ability (which I didn’t test) to upload your own music collection. It seems a bit thin on content, especially if your tastes don’t align to the Loop Recordings catalogue.

    Yes, they're open about that – the soft launch is mostly to show that it exists and works.

    I’m not sure how useful the music collection thing would be without an offline mode – given I’d want to listen to my tunes on roadtrips when I won’t have a 3G connection.

    There is an offline mode – maybe only on the mobile app? I'll have to go and look again.

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  • Hard News: Baboom: it's serious,

    And right on cue: Streaming Music is Ripping You Off, which proposes the same payment model as Baboom is using.

    It's worth a read for a deeper look at why the current model sucks.

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Aaron Hutching,

    You don't need Sky to watch Prime shows on Sky Go - just sign up.

    But for as long as it lasts, Radio Punks is on YouTube:

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    At one time there were at least 3 Andrews on the crew. Andrew Topping, Andrew Boak and Andrew Bishop.

    There were four at one time – Andrew Dickins was the 4th. When we released the 1983 B compilation We’ll Do Our Best it was credited as ‘compiled by The Andrews’.

    Five. Andrew Hawthorn.

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Suzanne McNicol,

    That WAS an excellent series from Yadana early this year. Just to refresh your memory RB as it is a while ago), bFM bought the ratings in 1999. Z were in the market then and b pasted them but George was still operating out of Thane’s garage in Grey Lynn. I recall a thundering hangover following the post- survey board

    Ah, thanks. I thought it was later, but somehow had the idea that Channel Z didn't launch until after that survey.

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Peter Johnston,

    (Oh and Russell I do remember Fiona from Active, she was on air towards the end of my days there …)

    Fiona has just pointed out to me that she has in fact been a DJ on three student radio stations: RDU, Active and bFM.

    The Active show actually got her hired by then-credible 89FM on nights (she has stories) and then she went to late nights on Hauraki (again, stories) before moving into broadcast journalism with Radio i.

    We actually found one of her commercial radio on-air tapes when we came back from London in 91 and got her stuff out of storage and her radio jock voice was awesome – deeper than mine!

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Peter Cresswell,

    Still, I spent a couple of years wondering why Bill Ralston was delivering news commentary on student radio. Didn’t seem right.

    Ha!

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  • Hard News: Radio Punks: So many stories, in reply to Lin Nah,

    But one thing that 1996 survey told us was that the bFM audience was a lot older than was frequently assumed – it didn't really taper off until you got to people over 60.

    When we started to lose listeners to George FM, my guess is that almost all of them were over 30 – Ponsonby types who wanted to listen to dance music but not noisy guitar music.

    The other thing that survey revealed was that bFM's TSL – time spent listening – was off the charts. bFM listeners at the time spent their days and nights with the b.

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