A good documentary can take a subject that you’re not even vaguely interested in and make it fascinating.
Radio Punks sounds unappealing and the subtitle The Student Radio Story seems even more off-putting. Fortunately I got the chance to preview Radio Punks (8.30pm Tuesday, Prime) and found it a fascinating chunk of New Zealand social history. Like Radio New Zealand’s recent four-part series A History of Student Radio (still available as a podcast at radionz.co.nz) it gives a vivid sound portrait of a period of great social change.
Both accounts reveal that many respectable middle-aged New Zealanders of today were quite groovy in their younger days.
Jeremy Wells – the narrator of Radio Punks – and his old broadcasting buddy Mikey Havoc are highly visible of course..