October 18, 2016Paul Henry - Watching Radio On The Telly In New Zealand
I've just been on holiday to New Zealand. It was very nice, thank you for asking. It's awfully pretty, and everyone is very friendly. If that wasn't enough, they call shopping trolleys by the incredibly cute name of "trundlers." What's not to like about that?
AMP operates the national News-Talk station Radio Live, and I tuned into the morning show, simply called Paul Henry.
With regular news bulletins, guests and interviews, Paul Henry presents the archetypal morning radio program. He sounds warm and friendly, and has a good rapport with his guests, who clearly know him well.
The program sounds great. While the station's on FM throughout much of New Zealand, the station almost sounds as if it's on AM - with nice, beefy microphones that give a proper punchy processed sound that's warm and easy to listen to. The program has some tight imaging; news and sports segments are enhanced by actuality and soundbites, and the whole thing sounds like a really well-produced radio show.
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