Including Street Chant and the Slightly Correct Political Show

by Fiona Rae / 29 October, 2011


Saturday Morning with Paul Diamond (Radio New Zealand National, 8.10am). Broadcaster, author and historian Paul Diamond is running things today while Kim Hill is on leave. He will be speaking to composer Jenny McLeod about her new work, Hōhepa, which is being staged by NBR New Zealand Opera and premiering at the NZ International Arts Festival in March. It tells the true story of the friendship between a Maori chief and a Pakeha settler in the 1840s and how Hohepa’s spirit is finally put to rest by his descendants in the 1980s. Diamond will also be talking to Edward Meyer, vice president of exhibits & archives for Ripley Entertainment, Inc. This is the outfit that brought us Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which started out as a newspaper panel created by Robert Ripley in 1929 and developed into a superlative-flinging radio and TV show. The company now operates more than 80 “attractions” – from waxwork museums to 3D moving theatres.

Street Chant and Wilberforces Recorded Live at Roundhead Studios (95bFM, 11.00am, and Friday, 2.00pm). Thrashy Auckland punk-poppers Street Chant are first up today. The trio like to honour such bands as Nirvana and positively encourage fans to jump around onstage with them. They must be really rich because singer/guitarist Emily Littler has also been known to throw her instrument into the crowd. Littler used to be in Wilberforces, today’s second band, but now they are a boys-only duo, which recently released a second LP. It’s called Vipassana and, as bFM put it, “their frantic session at Roundhead conjures up anything but a tranquil meditative state”. There will be live streaming and podcasts on, and scroll down for video. (The first part of this concert will be repeated on Radio New Zealand National at 4.10pm and on Friday, 8.30pm.)

Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Dirty Beasts and Other Stories is the first of five programmes recorded during last year’s NZ International Arts Festival. Subtitled “musical settings for younger listeners, based on stories by Roald Dahl, Hilaire Belloc and JRR Tolkien”, it answers such pertinent questions as, what happened to Little Red Riding Hood as she went through the forest?; is there another animal as vile as Crocky-Wock the crocodile?; and, will you ever slam a door again?, with works by Oliver Hancock, Paul Patterson and Martin Butler. The performers include Nigel Collins (narrator), the Zephyr Wind Quintet, Vesa-Matti Leppänen (violin), Rowan Prior (cello), Patrick Barry (clarinet), Mark Carter (trumpet), David Bremner (trombone), Diedre Irons and Emma Sayers (pianos) and Leonard Sakofsky (percussion).


The Slightly Correct Political Show (podcast at Sunday evenings). Comedian Jeremy Elwood and broadcaster Pat Brittenden claim to have come up with the first independent political podcast with their new show, playing in the run-up (now a gallop?) to the general election in November. The Slightly Correct Political Show has been, in their words, “asking questions you don’t hear in other interviews, and getting answers never heard before”, for a few weeks now, with the podcast as its primary outlet, but rebroadcast on Brittenden’s Newstalk ZB show in the early hours of Saturday morning and also available on Twitter ( Each week, they grill a politician, a pundit and a performer. Guests have included Metiria Turei, who explained the “f--- you” dance; Ewen Gilmour, who announced which celebrity he wanted to urinate on as a part of a pilot for a new show; Peter Dunne, who revealed that after jumping in and out of bed with so many parties he did indeed catch a disease; and Don Brash, who declared the public can trust him even if his ex-wives couldn’t. This week expect extraordinary utterings from Hone Harawira, Brian Edwards and Rhys Darby.


Book Reading (Radio New Zealand National, 10.45am). Humorist, actor and larger-than-life Christchurch personality David McPhail took a typically unusual approach to writing his memoirs. “There is a dictum that a memoir should never be published until everyone in it, including the author, is dead. I couldn’t wait that long,” he says. This morning, during Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan, McPhail begins a 10-part adaptation of his book The Years Before My Death.


Music Alive (Radio New Zealand Concert, 8.00pm). Gustav Mahler’s mighty Symphony No 9 in D gets an airing in tonight’s Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert, conducted by Eckehard Stier, coming direct from the Auckland Town Hall. It’s said the composer was superstitious about writing a ninth symphony, fearing that it would be his last, as it had been for Beethoven and Bruckner. He was right to be afraid, as it was.


Classic Concert (Radio New Zealand National, 11.06pm). Tonight’s it’s Jeff Beck – Live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, featuring the guitar legend and ex-Yardbird wielding his axe in London.
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