Great column Russell (not like your others aren't...)
pre-BFM was 1404 AM Radio B...but I should know that...
Thanks for doing the research on this Russell, but even so, the whole debate on property developers profit driven plans vs what's good for the community is one that needs to continue. This scenario is a good wake-up call, albeit a bit of a false alarm it appears.
The loss of the KA would be horrendous to not only the AKL scene, but NZ as a whole. Without a solid venue of that capacity in AKL, promoters won't have a "budget making" gig for a tour, which would cover any losses for other city's gigs (i.e. Welly, ChCh etc), and so will be very unwilling to bring over more "fringe" type acts, and surely would be unwilling to add the extra cost/potential loss of playing other cities also.
I love playing, promoting at, and attending gigs at the KA, it is an excellent venue, with excellent sound, staff and layout...God save the KA!!!