By Steve Hart I watched a very interesting documentary on Aljazeera TV last week about pirate broadcasters Radio Caroline and The Voice of Peace. While UK station Caroline – launched in the 1960s – promotes LA (loving awareness), The Voice […]
Evan Carydakis has enjoyed a 25-year career playing saxophone and has now released a 5-track e.p called Groove House. Based in Tasmania, he is now obtaining global recognition for his music which is being picked up by broadcasters worldwide. Listen […]
In 2006 I took an interest in the Victoria Theatre, Devonport, as there was talk of it being pulled down to make way for a multistorey car park and apartments. A robust campaign to save the theatre had started and […]
Over the weekend I got to speak with Michigan-based 26-year-old jazz singer, composer and pianist Hannah Baiardi about her career and new album Straight from the Soul. This interview features in Just Jazz show 21, and I began by asking […]
There’s a world of independent ‘radio’ stations to listen to, but where to find them? Years ago, a shortwave and AM radio receiver was the best bet to stumble upon something new or unusual. Until recently, TuneIn.com was the go-to […]
I must have listened to Rick Wakeman’s No Earthly Connection album dozens of times since I bought it many years ago. You’ll notice the distorted looking image of the album cover below…a marketing gimmick that required a silver tube so […]
Lays Taylor began his musical career in the 1990s; moving from his native Switzerland to work as a popular and versatile session guitarist and keyboard player in Berlin. Back then he was known as Lars Rüetschi (his real name) and […]
Rick Habana is a producer, songwriter, engineer and composer. In this interview Rick tells Steve Hart about his passion for blending music genres to create his unique smooth jazz sound. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Rick says he […]
I got to interview Chicago-based jazz musician Markus Rutz (pronounced roots) for my Cool Nights jazz radio show in April 2020. I cut the interview (recorded via Skype) with some tracks from Markus’ new album and the package has been […]
While there is a world of news and information podcasts to chose from; there are plenty of excellent shows made in New Zealand by locals keen to share their knowledge and entertain listeners. A quick scout of what’s available threw […]
Making a list of my favourite movies was becoming quite a challenge one wet Sunday afternoon, so I abandoned that idea and settled on listing my favourite movies about radio. The first movie I watched that featured a radio station […]
A survey by Jacobs Media reveals some interesting trends that broadcasters and podcasters should note. The survey, carried out between January and February this year (2019), shows that more people are listening to radio broadcasts (and podcasts) via smartphones, smart […]
There are still plenty of people who haven’t managed to sit through all 17 episodes the 60s British cult TV series The Prisoner. On one hand I can understand their frustration as the show doesn’t follow the ‘normal’ hero-beats-the-baddy formula with everything neatly tied up with a bow at the end of the show.
If you listened to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops on Britain’s Radio One you would have heard the Australian DJ present a tightly formatted radio show featuring the week’s top 30. It was compelling listening for anyone wanting to […]
I read FilmFreak’s review of the 90’s movie The Truman Show this week, and it got me thinking back – way back. When word seeped out in 1997 that a movie was being made about a man trapped in a village many […]
Godplex, which had the working title Godspell, is a feature film written and directed by New Zealander Darcy Gladwin. Not to be confused with the sixties stage show, Darcy’s movie features Shane Hollands, a prominent Auckland performance poet.