Kōrero: Radio

Mobile Recording Unit, late 1940s

In 1946 the New Zealand Broadcasting Service set up the Mobile Recording Unit, an ex-air-force truck equipped with two disc recorders. Over the next few years staff travelled through Taranaki, Waikato, Thames Valley and Otago, recording people's memories, music and events that happened while the truck was in town. The recordings have proved invaluable for broadcasters, historians and linguists, and are stored at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Archive. Here, Brian Cosnett (technician), Leo Fowler (producer), Geoff Haggett (commentator) and Dick Miller (technician) pose with the unit in 1947 or 1948.

Listen to Geoff Haggett talking about the Mobile Recording Unit in 1973.

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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Reference: 23211. NZBS mobile unit - Geoff Haggett interview

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Brian Pauling, 'Radio - The golden age of radio, 1936 to 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/speech/46438/mobile-recording-unit-late-1940s (accessed 9 December 2023)

He kōrero nā Brian Pauling, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014