Airing time: 11am - 2pm Wednesdays
This Wellington Access Radio programme has been running since September 2nd 1991.Hosted then and now by veteran broadcaster Eddie O'Strange.
30-odd genres of music huddle together under the umbrella term 'Country Music'. Town & Country rounds up a couple of dozen of 'em. From the formatives to the strays. But steers clear of the stadium-rock styles and the highly-processed contemporary posturings.
Town & Country is a revelation of traditionally-based pearls (and swines) from the 19th century right on through to 21st century quirk. A significant percentage of the imported recordings are exclusive to Town & Country.
Many of the recordings have not so much been released, as artfully escaped. Some have simply been exiled. Some possibly extradited. Despite everything, the Town & Country Radio's international reputation is second to none. C'mon, live vicariously! Revel in country-flavoured songs and performers, many of which have never seen the light of a Southern Cross night before. There's such a plethora of recordings flooding in from Europe, Canada, the USA and Australia, you're unlikely to ever hear any particular song twice.
The show's a cross-section sampling of all this scatter-gunned music. We spin 'em all, from veteran storytellers to wannabes-with-potential. You'll kick yourself [or maybe just your mule] if you miss any instalment. Spur your friends into climbing onto the bandwagon with our western listeners from all around the motu - from Northland to Southland. Eddie delivers the delights with an affable, neighbourly touch. His bedside manner is impeccable. (Impeccable, not impeachable). The underpinning passion is perhaps the reason the nationwide Town & Country Supporters Club members have been so loyal for so long. If you're curiously adventurous, if folkloric exploration appeals to you, then switch yourself on to the terrestrial broadcast, or click the on-line streaming version of Access Radio Taranaki every Wednesday from 11am - 1 pm [NZT].
For information, or requests, email Eddie at [email protected] The playlist is published 24 hours in advance, via our NZcountry e-list. It's FREE to join, and you'll receive 5-or-6 "country news" messages a week. Step One: send a blank email to: [email protected] Step Two: if you receive a "request" as to why you wish to join, just type in "access radio". Or: follow the instruction in the "confirmation required" email by hitting [A] "reply", [B] then "send".
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