Episode 4 - Broadcasting
About the show
Featuring a remarkable combination of young tinkerers and academic physicists, who were first responsible for wireless broadcasting in Aotearoa, the industry soon bloomed into an immensely popular entertainment medium which Kiwis had never experienced.
Despite stringent government control preventing the propagation of news or criticism, gameshows, live music, sports and dramas graced the airways nightly. Soon, emboldened radio enthusiasts pushed the boundaries of technology and the government monopoly – names like Colin Scrimgeour and David Gapes now live on in history.
When broadcast television arrived in the ‘60s, Kiwis got to work constructing an ambitious national network reaching from our main centres to tiny out-of-the-way towns. Perched on mountains, sometimes fighting snow and occasionally sabotage, New Zealand’s broadcasting infrastructure allowed audio and visual content to grow quickly from scarcity to plenty.