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A history of student radio: Episode one

Wednesday 14th January 2015

Radio New Zealand's Music 101 take a four-part journey through 45 years of student radio in New Zealand - the stars and bands who got their breaks, the politics, the music, the piracy and the No. 8 wire mentality.

1984 Radio Active co-managers Linda Dale and Stu Birch. Photo Stu Birch.

From the humble home-made AM transmitters, illegally manned by tech-nerds on islands around Auckland for limited weeks of the university term, campus radio stations rapidly evolved into a beacon for music-lovers, on-air talkers and people who never finished their degrees – Radio New Zealand's Music 101 talk to some of the characters who set the template for student radio in New Zealand, breaking rules, records, and radio transmitters. 

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