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New Hosts with a blend of Politics and Sport

Wednesday 26 January 2005

New Hosts with a blend of Politics and Sport

Former Minister of Police and recently Mayor of Auckland, John Banks, and sports commentator and broadcaster Miles Davis have joined the weekday line-up on Radio Pacific.

John Banks (Banksie) takes up the weekday breakfast show, while Miles Davis is the new 3pm-6pm host.

Banksie came to Radio Pacific eight years ago when he was the MP for Whangarei. Sir Robert Muldoon had asked if John would take over his popular Sunday afternoon slot. John took to radio with unbridled enthusiasm and a talent that saw him rise to host the Radio Pacific breakfast show, subsequently winning Broadcaster of the year at the NZ Radio Awards

Four years ago Banksie stood down from the breakfast spot to campaign for the Auckland mayoralty. He was successful – and proved to be as controversial as a mayor as he had been as a breakfast host.

Now that John has left public office he has returned to his love of radio and to the breakfast slot at Pacific again – albeit with a few changes to the presentation.

“The new breakfast show will be more informative; featuring more local and international news thus setting up the rest of the day’s talkback issues,” says John Banks.

“I could not think of a better platform at a more interesting time to be back on air. Did you know its Election Year?”

As for Banksie’s political ambitions, he has now contested eleven elections and won’t be drawn on his aspirations for the future. This is election year however, and as listeners will know, with the unpredictable Mr Banks, anything is possible!

Miles Davis is not a man to blow his own trumpet!

That’s because this famous name is also shared by Radio Pacific’s new drive host - as well as the famous jazz musician. Our Miles hails from London - supports West Ham United, - and married a New Zealand girl in 1985.

Miles’ interest and background is in sports – his career in radio began when he was asked to be a football correspondent covering the World Cup in France in 1998. The garrulous Mr Davis found that he had a flair for broadcasting and moved on to host a football show on Sky Television.

Television led to a full time position on Radio Sport and Miles’ love of sport led to a position as Sunday News columnist for five years and sports reporting on TV3. By his own admission, Miles is opinionated and confrontational – which makes him perfect for talk radio.

Miles joins the weekday line-up 3 – 6pm Monday - Friday.

ENDS


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