Including Buckwheat on Seeded

by Diana Balham / 21 May, 2011

SATURDAY MAY 21


Seeded (95bFm, 11.00am; Radio Active, 9.30am; RDU, 2.00pm; Radio One, 10.00am; Radio Control, Sunday, 3.00pm). Edward Cowley – better known as Auckland drag queen Buckwheat – gets the Seeded treatment this week. The “international drag superstar” has fought in a charity boxing match against fellow fellow-in-a-dress Miss Ribena, and competed in the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne as a bodybuilder, among other career highs. In his civvies, Cowley, of Samoan descent, is a consultant for agencies that try to motivate Pasifika peoples to take up tertiary education. His musical choices include I’ve Never Been to Me by Charlene, Ten Guitars by Engelbert Humperdinck and Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas. Frequencies: 95bFM, Auckland 95FM • Radio Control, Palmerston North, 99.4FM • Radio Active, Wellington 88.6FM • RDU, Christchurch 98.5FM • Radio One, Dunedin 91FM

SUNDAY MAY 22


Spectrum (Radio New Zealand National, 12.15pm). It’s 150 years since Gabriel Read started the gold stampede in New Zealand. Read heard there was gold in them thar hills so he headed east from Tasmania and staked a claim on a lonely spur behind Evans Flat. As he dug a hole in the stream, he later wrote, “the gold was shining like the stars in Orion on a dark and frosty night”. Within months, thousands of hopeful diggers had turned Gabriels Gully into a shantytown built more on hopes and dreams than on any real promise of a fortune. In Gabriel’s Gold, Deborah Nation joins descendants of the miners in Gabriels Gully near the Central Otago township of Lawrence in commemoration.

The Sunday Feature (Radio New Zealand National, 4.07pm). Despite the brave efforts of Rosa Parks, who refused to switch seats on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and started the movement that led to racial integration in the US, some things haven’t changed much. Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality looks at the re-emergence of equal access to transport as a civil rights issue for Blacks and Latinos in America.

MONDAY MAY 23


Don’t Take It for Granted (Radio Rhema, 9.30am). Parenting expert and founder of Parents Inc Ian Grant is a couple of weeks into a new half-hour programme on his favourite subject – families and how to survive being in one. Each week he talks to guests about issues faced by families today, with practical tips on raising kids and how to get into their funny little brains. Today, Grant meets political organiser and former Alliance MP Matt McCarten. For frequencies visit www.rhema.co.nz

Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm).
The New Zealand School of Music Christchurch Earthquake Benefit Concert took place in Wellington’s Ilott Theatre on April 8 and was dedicated to friends and colleagues devastated by the February earthquake. Violinist Martin Riseley, head of strings at the NZSM, was raised in Christchurch and viola player Donald Maurice has many links with the city. They were joined by the New Zealand String Quartet’s Helene Pohl (violin) and Rolf Gjelsten (cello) in a performance of Garden City resident John Ritchie’s String Quartet. The programme also featured Chris Cree Brown’s Inner Bellow, for solo clarinet and electronic sounds, performed by Christ­church clarinettist Gretchen Dunsmore. NZSM jazz staff were joined by Christchurch Jazz School’s Darren Pickering (piano) and Ted Meager (drums) to perform works by Christ­church musicians. On the night of the concert Meager’s drums were still locked in the red-stickered Christchurch Jazz School.

TUESDAY MAY 24


Sound Lounge (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). During New Zealand Music Week, Sound Lounge presents Happy Birthday Rattle Records, 20 This Year! Two of the New Zealand-based record label’s directors, Steve Garden and composer John Psathas, discuss Rattle’s history, back catalogue and plans to take on the world. In 1992, three friends who loved European jazz, contemporary classical and world music (Tim Gummer, Keith Hill and Garden) saw a gap in the local market. “There was no label for what we are doing, which I guess you could call ‘new music’,” Hill told NZ Musician magazine. “In a musical and philosophical sense, Rattle came about from the three of us having a wide range of musical tastes.”

WEDNESDAY MAY 25


Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan (Radio New Zealand National, 10.45am). Kevin Milne – our relentless enforcer of the fair go – begins part one of an eight-part adaptation of his autobiography, The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag, this morning. From London news hack in the 1970s to Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for all-round broadcasting fabulousness in 2007, Milne has had his highs and lows, both personal and professional. And there’s a brown paper bag in there somewhere.

THURSDAY MAY 26


Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Tonight it’s the New Zealand première of Christopher Blake’s Northland Panels, performed by Peter Scholes and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and recorded in the Auckland Concert Chamber. This is the first time the four parts of the work – Angel at Ahipara, Night Journey to Pawarenga, Christ at Whangape and Anthem on the Kaipara – have been performed together. All are inspired by images by renowned photographer Robin Morrison.
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