Story: Radio

Clive Drummond

Clive Drummond is shown in 1955, when he was senior announcer for Radio 2YA. Drummond had been involved in radio from its pioneering days, beginning in 1912 as a Morse code operator. In 1922 he helped set up Radio 2YK, starting his career as an announcer there. Drummond stayed on when the nationalised station became 2YA, the main station of the YA (non-commercial) radio network. He was one of the first to carry out radio interviews and events commentary. Apart from a break for war service, Drummond worked for 2YA until his retirement in 1955. In the sound file you can hear Drummond broadcasting some of the results from the 1935 election.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1955/1929-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (Clive Drummond election result excerpt/Reference number ID27254)

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How to cite this page:

Brian Pauling, 'Radio - The early years, 1921 to 1932', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Brian Pauling, published 22 Oct 2014