Stories about 2 March, 1981 (2/10)
Wellington is windy. You had better embrace this fact if you live here. I’m not a fan of people who pretend the Wellington wind “isn’t too bad” (because it is), or people who say “actually, it’s a good thing” (because it generally isn’t). The wind in Wellington is a fact, and it is a part of this city’s character. Which is why it still makes me a little bit cross that Radio Windy was bought out and turned into The Breeze.
I never really listened to Radio Windy so my irritation at the change is a bit moot. I listened to 2ZM. In the 80s 2ZM had two DJs on in the morning called Mark and Sue. Mark Mcleod was the exciting, dangerous rock’n’roll guy, and Sue was the straight (wo)man. I seem to remember that Mark got himself taken off the air for telling a joke that involved a bear using a rabbit as toilet paper. When I say taken off the air I mean he was immediately pulled off and Sue had to carry on alone, and Mark was only allowed back after he had been in the dog box for some time, and had offered a heartfelt apology and promised never to do it again.
A bear using a rabbit as toilet paper. We clearly lived in heady and dangerous times. Radio Windy appears to have also liked flirting with laughable forms of rebellion. Around 2 March, 1981 we find that they had just employed these two turkeys.
In March of 1981 The Listener announced that Murray Inglis and Paul Holmes were joining Radio Windy, the former as news programmer and the later as DJ. Mark “enfant terrible” Inglis was previously booted off 3ZB, and Paul was kicked off the RNZ all-night show for calling the Archbishop of Canterbury (and getting through).
Holmes has a lot more to say than Inglis in this piece,
Radio is still flogging the rebellions style of the 60s while people have moved into the 80s and new sophistication.
The sophistication of the 80s?
In the absence of a spare chair Holmes is managing to look intelligent, on the floor, resting his head in a pot plant. He ponders the notion of responsibility. The wonder of irresponsibility. The sad lack of fantasy in our 1980 lives. “By turning reality upside down you can jolt people, shock them profoundly.” “I really believe that if people could say more, give vent to their spleen or sexual hang ups they might just not go out and punch a cop or whatever instead.”
Ah, yes – cop punching. It’s certainly the only way I cope without publically talking about my sexual hang ups.
Paul ends by reassuring readers that he will not be doing any of the things he has just talked about. Instead he will play some old records and some new stuff (“because it’s important to understand what the kids are talking about”… I’m not making this up, he really said “the kids”), and try and say things to people between the records. Seems like he has figured out this DJ lurk: you play records and inbetween you say stuff. Genius.
The rebellion may have been naff, but I still wish we had Radio Windy.