Video killed the radio star

This weekend Hamilton played host to the annual Association of Community Access Broadcasters (ACAB) conference.  Industry experts and partners, radio hosts (“content creators” in the access radio sphere), staff and funders came from around New Zealand and in the case of the keynote speaker, across the ditch, to attend.  One of the drawcards to the conference was to have a glimpse at what Radio Futurologist (yes there is such a thing) James Cridland has to say about trends and the future of the humble radio.

You would be forgiven for thinking that radio is a dying industry, and while any industry usually looks to positives rather than negatives to feel better about themselves; the pulse of broadcast radio is statistically still looking strong.  You would be forgiven for thinking that less people tune into the radio, and considerably less younger people… but stats say otherwise.  Younger people just tune in differently.  The radio industry has proven it is an adaptive one and has kept up with technological developments.  Speaker James Cridland shared images of the history of radio including this fabulous image for Phillips Autoradio.  One of the earlier significant technological advances was to put a radio in a car… and if you think about when you most listen to live radio even today… you can see how underestimated that humble development has been for the industry.

Autoradio

Insights into how our national broadcaster Radio NZ have navigated technological changes in the last few years were shared by Carol Hirschfeld who is now Head of News at Radio NZ.  Radio NZ is now multi-platform – and includes the daily visual news “Checkpoint” being shared across social media, bringing listeners back to the traditional station.   To further explain developments in “the visual layer of radio”; Hamilton social enterprise “the Volume Collective” shared their story, which involves a shoe string budget to provide a platform for emerging artists to share their creative work.  They also showed how effective a phone can be to add another dynamic to shareable content.  The story of Wairarapa TV  was inspiring to show just how automated things can be by sharing content across multiple platforms, at little or no cost – all at the press of a button.

Photo courtesy of FreeFM89

Speakers gave us the proof we wanted that public broadcasting can adapt and continue to provide quality; diverse and dynamic content under resource constraint.  This constraint is from an industry budget freeze for the last 10 years.  Chief Executive of NZ on Air Jane Wrightson tells us there is no way of knowing what the future will hold.  Recently community driven “Action Station” put public broadcasting onto the political agenda with a campaign to end the freeze on Radio NZ funding.  They presented a 32000 strong petition to the Minister for Broadcasting and during the elections published a reportcard with National and Labour being unable to commit to an unfreeze (all minor parties could).  It will depend on political will as to whether we will see more funding.

Regardless, success (however that is measured) will come down to the community access radio sector, rallying together to come up with new ways of delivery to improve listenership and engagement.  Social media is a big part of that.

The future of radio is personalised (algorithm based), it’s on-demand and it’s multi-platform.  The challenge is to get that content to it’s audience in a crowded online market.  The strength of community access radio is it’s relevance to you and me.  It’s our stories; told with our voices; it’s the niche, the fringe, the regional and the minority voices and interests.  Viva la radio.

Read more: Max Christoffersen; Stormy reminder of radio’s place in our lives.

1507191451584
https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/97604798/max-christoffersen-stormy-reminder-of-radios-place-in-our-lives

 

Advertisements

Which colour are you voting Hamilton?

In two months we cast a vote to decide who will lead our country for the next three years.  Will blue prevail with a stable government? or will we find the minor parties scrape together enough seats to form ‘some sort of’ coalition?… what colour would that be?  Brown?…  Right now, according to the polls we’re heading towards another National led government.  However, based on what we’ve seen internationally in the last year it’s anyone’s game until election day.  At the moment, hopeful candidates will have two, well respected and nice… long standing MP’s to unseat.  David Bennett has been MP for Hamilton East since 2005 and holds the roles of Minister for Food Safety, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, and Minister for Racing under the current National led government.  West of the river Tim MacIndoe has held the seat since 2008 and is currently Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Transport and Associate Minister of Education.

Hoping to change the colour of Hamilton’s political flag, we’ve got a relatively new field of candidates. In the red corner, vying for Hamilton East, the Labour party’s Jamie Strange has reasonably good name recognition from previous (unsuccessful) election campaigns (he has run for Hamilton city council 2013 and in the Taupo electorate 2014).  Jamie is a teacher, and former church minister painted as the family man.  On the West… not quite so sunny.  After Sue Moroney stood down from running in this year’s election due to being bumped down the party list; it appears the Hamilton West seat was hard to fill; or Labour’s just not particularly interested in Hamilton – with a late coming announcement that an Aucklander, ranking 65 on the Labour party list will contest the seat.  Dr Gaurav Sharma, has great credentials for health and dare I say it… appeal for the ethnic community but he really is coming in as an underdog.  The Greens got in early and are already out door knocking; announcing political new comers Sam Taylor for the East and Jo Wrigley for West – both strong social justice advocates.  In other minor parties; anti-establishment – The Opportunities party, has announced they are standing a candidate in the West; Donna Pokere-Phillips, previously an Alliance candidate (1999).  They haven’t yet made mention of Hamilton East.  Waving a yellow flag in Hamilton East is James McDowall for the Act party.  We’re still to find out if New Zealand First will have a candidate run in Hamilton; as Barbara Stewart a list MP will not be standing for re-election.  Mana and Maori haven’t announced Hamilton city candidates to date.

It’s fair to say apart from a smattering of billboards going up on prominent fences around town, we haven’t seen much action yet … I hope that will change… we deserve a fight for our vote.  What would I personally like to see?  Hamiltonian’s asking incumbents the hard questions – 9 years is plenty of time for National to make an impact in the areas they want to change.  I’d like to see them be held accountable.  I think given they are holding portfolios now, I’d also like to know how much time they can spend on constituent issues.  In terms of potential newcomers – will they have the clout to really make an impact?  What do they bring to the table that we currently don’t have with our experienced National MP’s.  I have no doubt that most people’s electorate vote mirrors their party vote – and in Hamilton being a bellwether seat it swings, which is why it’s so interesting to watch… will you be following it too?

Bustle, a nest of ethical fashion

Bustle Hamilton
Visit Bustle for beautiful, ethical and quality clothing.

Bustle caters for women who love fashion with a conscience.  Susie’s carefully curated collections are a mix of new and recycled designer fashion.

19731957_10154706873907997_1866788970826580530_n

She also stocks NZ label Widdess who are known for simple styles with natural textiles.  No need for me to tell you that that makes it socially and environmentally ethical.

19756678_10154706874797997_4998983488027579594_n.jpg

19748778_10154706874512997_6292815042597801001_n

The clothing is beautifully complemented by Hydrangea Ranger, another small New Zealand business who handcrafts whimsical gifts and accessories.

Hydrangea Ranger: Lotus hands incense or flower holder
19748422_10154706873517997_8786257553323477172_n
Acorn necklaces… aren’t these gorgeous?

In these times of fast fashion, it’s refreshing to find a business which does the opposite with small quantities of high quality fashion.  I’m extremely pleased to be able to share that Bustle is sponsoring Kelli from the Tron on FreeFM89.0.  This helps to ensure that local voices are given bigger voices.

Bustle is open from 10-4pm Thursday and Friday and 10-3pm Saturday.  Make sure you give the page a like for updates and follow @bustle_river_road on Instagram.  

Kelli from the Tron – 2 June

It might sound cliche to say young people are our future – but its true, so I’ll say it anyway.  This week is Youth Week 2017 “Our voices count, Count our voices” and Hamilton has heaps of young people working hard, following their passions and sharing it with others.  They are tomorrow’s leaders – no netflixing and chilling happening here.

So on this week’s show I spoke to Tsar Marsters – recognised in 2015 (at the age of 21) for his contribution to street dance.  One of the reasons I find this awesome is because his passion helps to fosters a spark in others and inspires them to strive for more for themselves too.  You can hear more about him in this HCC video; and of course on this week’s show.

Coincidentally, applications are open to nominate another 30 under 30.  Check out the Hamilton city council’s website to hear more.

I tried my hardest to get Hayden, bass player from Half Eaten Pie on the show, but phones were against us, I’ll try again next week.  I’m keen to talk to them, because they took out the Waikato regional smokefree rockquest for the second year in a row! and it’s well deserved.

Because, we’ve wrapped up Hamilton music month, and reflecting on the relevance of NZ Music month for another year, I put a challenge out there for people to try and get to more live gigs. That’s where it’s at… not in your car or on your i-pod.  In a month I heard music ranging from punk, stoner rock, dub, acoustic, jazz and rock and enjoyed each gig for different reasons.

MUSIC this week…. On this weeks’ show, I’ve played Jimmy, from local band Cheshire Grimm – because they’ve just released a new video.

I also played System Corporations‘ new single “Dismal universal hiss” because it hit the European Indie top 200, and that’s pretty cool.  Ignore they say they’re from Stockholm on their page… they’re ours – with links to local favs Rumpus Room; who’s song “Step around” was played on the show this week too.  Even though technology failed, I played a Half Eaten Pie track, “Take it”.  Finally, because I’m super excited about the gig on Friday the 16th June I played “Holy Moses” from Tami Neilson.

That’s it for another week!  #supportlocal everyone.

Kelli from the Tron airs at 10am on Friday, tune into FreeFM89.0 in the Waikato, or via their website to listen live.  It also airs at 9am on Saturday morning.  You can listen to the podcast 24/7 too.

History never repeats? Codswallop

What would have happened if Councillor Lafferty had been successful, and the center of Hamilton had been moved to Frankton in the 1930s?  What if Garden Place hill had not been removed by an ambitious borough engineer?  How objective and unbiased can one truly be when an action causes a reaction?  Will taking on debt cause failure at the polling booth in a couple of years?  They say history never repeats… but I beg to differ.  Especially in politics, and especially in a city which generations later is still trying to decide what to do with Garden Place.

18057675_1090509244386703_3429111008870176256_n.jpg

“One hill of a fight” is shaking local history to life in a fast paced play which tells the story of how Garden Place went from a rambling hill with ramshackle houses to the current “wasteland” it is…  Progress?  That’s for the audience to decide.

But, something that over-rides the focus on Garden Place are the stories of how politics and personalities shape the city we call home.  The play starts off with the progressive idea of removing Garden Place hill to create a more usable (and profitable) space so the central city could develop northwards.  Things don’t seem to have changed much since the 1930s because it’s still the politicians and council coming up with plans – “consulting” with the public and trying to forge their own legacies to be remembered by.

Writer and director Michael Switzer does an excellent job of telling the story without losing any of the audience, as can happen when you are giving a historical account of politics.  Well executed, with a great cast from the Hamilton performing arts company the play does well to set the play in it’s context, complimented by stories of Worley’s contribution in Ypres.

Who would the play most appeal to? Anyone who likes to see and hear our local stories be bought to life.  Personally, I enjoyed the story of Betty Worley (nee Jolly) being bought to life by Charlotte Issac.  There’s no doubting women have contributed significantly to our stories, but record keeping of such is sometimes hard to find.

Perhaps, just as exciting is for this play being the first in the newly refurbished and strengthened Meteor Theatre.  The One Victoria Trust have done a stellar job of getting the work done, (on time) so that we can continue to have stories bought to life.  Well done to all involved. The play runs until May 27th.  I vote you check it out.

https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/may/one-hill-of-a-fight

Hamilton bands join forces for local gig this month

DateMonthYear band members Trevor Faville, Emma Koretz, Brooke Baker, Hayely Schwass and Tyler Leet.  (1) (1).jpg

Hamilton band DateMonthYear is joining forces with local bands Rubita and Mouse to provide a smorgasbord of musical entertainment at a gig at Nivara Lounge this month.

The three bands will perform at Nivara Lounge on Victoria Street on May 27, at 8pm.  

DateMonthYear band founder Trevor Faville said the three bands know each other well through the local music scene and they each bring a variety of tuneful talent to their Nivara Lounge performance.

“The bands’ sounds are quite different and that was quite deliberate, so each band has a different flavour and that’s one of the goals for the gig. Rather than having a whole lot of bands of the same type, it’s quite a smorgasbord this way,” Faville said.

Faville and fellow DateMonthYear members Emma Koretz, Brooke Baker, Hayely Schwass and Tyler Leet are working on their second single called March, to be released soon from their upcoming album.

Shunning traditional band formats, DateMonthYear’s structure means that “commitment is defined by contribution” with allowance for new ideas and influence.

Faville describes their music as pop melodies, rock dynamics and a movie cinematic atmosphere. “That’s kind of the best description. Technically it’s rock music, but it’s a little bit more than that,” Faville said.

The band has embraced the unconventional with their single Numbers released as a video only recently as a teaser of what’s to come from their album. The hard-hitting lyrics reflect on today’s society and how people’s lives revolve around numbers.

The Numbers video, which can be found on DateMonthYear’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, has done well online and has been widely played.

The idea behind the song Numbers is that for a lot of people, numbers define everything – the numbers of your mortgage or rent, income, supermarket shopping and simply hoping that you have enough to pay for groceries and bills.

Tickets to DateMonthYear, Rubita and Mouse’s gig at Nivara Lounge can be purchased at the door on the night for $10 per person. Further details of the gig can be found on DateMonthYear’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DMYNZ/

Media contact: Trevor Faville 021 055 4689 dmy@wave.co.nz

 

Issued for DateMonthYear by Dynamic Media

Sapper Moore-Jones 1868-1922

In 2012, and 2015 the link between Sapper Moore-Jones and Hamilton was made official, with first the renaming of “Marlborough Place”, to “Sapper Moore-Jones Place” and then the unveiling of a bronze statue of the hero… artist and gallant soldier to bridge Victoria street.

simpson-donkey-painting.jpg

Born in about 1868, he came to New Zealand from England with his family as a teenager.  His father was an Engineer, and mother a teacher – and later Principal in their adopted home in Remuera, Auckland.  Horace would soon follow an artistic career – which found him pursue a life in Sydney which was a far more “cultured climate” to what New Zealand then offered.  Here he had exhibitions and worked painting portraits, and in 1899-1902 scenes from the Boer War which he, like many other’s were drafted to.

horace-moore-jones.jpg

While, he returned safely, he did not have the same luck with his family, and his first wife died young, as did all three of their children.  Two in infancy and one just months prior to his own death.  He married again in 1905 and shortly after returned to Auckland to bring up their family.  Though from 1912 to 1916, he would be largely absent, as he gave up teaching and exhibiting in Auckland to travel to London to enrol at the Slade School of Fine art.  However – duty would call, and despite being 10 years older than he declared he enlisted to join the New Zealand Expeditionary force from London.  He pulled off the loss of a decade in age, by colouring his hair and moustache!

As the title suggests Horace Moore-Jones was a Sapper in World War I.  He was one of the first to reach Anzac Cove, in the infamous Gallipoli campaign, and had this to say about it.

“To a man like myself who had never been under fire, there was a curious anticipation – it certainly wasn’t fear – as we were transferred, all the time under fire, first from the transports to the torpedo boats, and from the torpedo boats to the horse punts. Just as we were about to land, the first burst of shrapnel came knocking out good fellows here and there. And then the landing! Some men jumped into the water where they were beyond their depths and were drowned. A moment later we were charging up the beach. Most of us had never seen death. It was curious, with pals wounded and dead all around, how soon one adapted himself to the whole grim business. One became inured to it almost at once.” (WSA, The Weekly Press, August 16, 1916)

It was here that his artistic ability served him well, as he was able to paint and describe the topography of enemy land.  He basically made maps for the soldiers to use for military strategic decisions.  He spent 7 months on Anzac peninsula, and while recuperating out of harms way he used pencil and water colour to create a series of his observations.

Moore-Jones-Coast-North-of-Anzac.jpg

Like any legend, there has been some confusion – challenges and setting the record straight regarding Moore-Jones’ most well known piece.  In 1917 while touring with an exhibition in the south Island he was given a photograph of a man utilising a donkey to get wounded soldiers to medical outposts.  Moore-Jones sketched / painted / and made copies by lithograph of the now infamous image he depicted; the Man with the donkey. Initially it was believed to be a medical orderly by the name of Simpson leading them out, but it was later to be found to be a stetcher bearer by the name of Henderson.  Either way, the image personified the courage, hardship and bravery of our ANZACS.

In the years since the war, he exhibited art around the country and in 1918 while in Hamilton (I bet you were starting to wonder when he’d get here) he took up the offer of being art teacher at Hamilton high school.  He also had a studio set up in Friars building in Garden Place.  His family remained in Auckland, so he commuted back and forth, staying at the Hamilton hotel while here.

Hamilton hotel has been established in the 1860’s and the current building was the second on the site after the first burnt to the ground in the 1890s.  Sadly, history was to repeat, taking three lives with it.

hamilton-hotel

In the early morning of April 3rd 1922 – a fire broke out in the large Victoria street establishment.  With 24 guests, plus staff sleeping the fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread in the wooden structure.  The injuries that claimed his life later that day were received after heroically returning to the building twice to evacuate the building of others.  The other casualties were Rory O’Moore and Nellie Patridge.

Fortunately for future Hamiltonians our heritage, our stories and the people who have gone before us will be remembered by those who retell the stories, by those who take a moment on ANZAC day to remember those who helped to create and fight for the country we now enjoy as being one of peace and by those like TOTI who use art to tell stories.

http://www.toti.co.nz/he-tangata-project/sapper-horace-moore-jones

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Millichamp_Moore-Jones

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/horace-moore-jones

http://jgg.co.nz/artists/moore-jones/