Radio Week

by Fiona Rae / 24 December, 2005

CHRISTMAS EVE

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, National Radio, 8.10am. The final show for the year from the Kim Hill team will be a mix of the year's best with some new items thrown in.

CHRISTMAS DAY

The Arts on Sunday - the Christmas Edition with Lynn Freeman, National Radio, 12.35pm. Catriona McLeod will be hosting Christmas morning on National Radio, and Lynn Freeman's arts show will keep us busy during the afternoon with programmes including Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, American Public Radio's weekly news quiz, at 2.06pm, and the Sunday drama Still Waters, by Sarah Delahunty, a light comedy about a single bookshop assistant whose highlight of the week is the soap opera, Still Waters. That's at 3.04pm - and how could we forget the Queen's Message at 6.06pm?

BOXING DAY

Summer Report, National Radio, 7.00am (and weekdays). Goodbye Morning Report, hello Summer Report with Todd Niall, a more relaxed sort of offering over the holiday spell, featuring interviews, news and music. Regular items are Rainy Day at the Bach, an interview slot that begins with principal Youth Court judge Andrew Becroft, daily panel debates and a regional quiz, Brain of the Nation. During this first week, victims of the Boxing Day tsunami will be remembered in Jane O'Loughlin's reports from Sri Lanka. On New Year's Eve, the show broadcasts live from Tahuna Beach Holiday Park near Nelson.

Whim Wham, National Radio, 10.45am (and weekdays). When the Prime Minister launched Whim Wham's New Zealand: The Best of Whim Wham 1937-1988, she commented, "One can count oneself lucky there is not a satirist of his calibre to let rip in the 21st century", which is both a sad indictment on the state of current political satire and high praise for the work of our foremost poet Allen Curnow. Curnow's Whim Wham poems were published weekly for more than 50 years, commenting on world and domestic affairs, from Franco and Hitler to Vietnam, South Africa and the Rainbow Warrior bombing. In this feature, the editor of Whim Wham's New Zealand, Terry Sturm, introduces a selection of poems read by Stuart Devenie, with archival and news material from many of the events that inspired the poems.

My Karmabhoomi, National Radio, 11.06am (and weekdays). This five-part series, playing every day this week, is an exploration of immigrant life in New Zealand through the eyes of Indian-born Sapna Samant, who moved here four years ago.

Matinée Idle, National Radio, 12.35pm (and weekdays). Commercial radio guy Phil O'Brien was a bit of a shock for National Radio listeners last summer, but his blend of chat, quizzes and music has won them over and he returns for another season. Each day features a new live concert, kicking off today with the Neville Brothers live at Tipitina's. Other concerts this week are Wings over America, Cream at the Albert Hall 1968 and 2005 and Split Enz - Extravaganza.

The Blues, National Radio, 11.06pm (and weekdays). If you didn't catch this brilliant NPR series on Concert FM, or missed an episode, here's your chance: it runs every weeknight for 13 episodes. Legendary bluesman Keb' Mo' hosts, beginning way back in West Africa with the origin of the blues.

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