The bFM WIRE Wednesday 10 Sep 2008
*1215 – Peter Jenner*
I'm very lucky to begin the show today by having a chat with Peter Jenner. Few people know the music industry better than Jenner. He's the secretary-general of the International Music Managers' Forum, and is out here as part of the NZ branch's September summit. Peter is a legendary figure in the business, having worked with such luminaries as Pink Floyd, The Clash, T Rex, Billy Bragg and Ian Dury. He also organised the first concerts in London's Hyde Park, culminating in The Rolling Stones 1969 performance there.
He's also keenly interested in the current state of the music biz, and says the current big business record-label model is bleeding money into marketing and A&R. The big 4 labels are fucked he says, and reckons there needs to be a shift from selling a product to selling a service, and from mass marketing to niche marketing.
A man with many a story to tell, I'm really looking forward to this one.
*1240 – Dr David Krofcheck, LHC work at Auckland Uni*
Later on in the show at 1240, I'll be joined in the studio by (above) from the Physics department here at the Auckland Uni. He's been part of the team developing minute silicon wafers that detect particle collisions at the much talked about LHC at the Cern labs in Switzerland. Part of something called the Compact Muon Solenoid, the detectors essentially work in the same way a digital camera does by photographing collisions that occur in one 40 millionth of a second. He'll be here to talk to me about how NZ was involved in the development of this vital piece of the LHC – a machine that may finally crack some of the fundamental questions of existence, and as someone who's been to see the world's largest machine, tell me how difficult it was to piece back together his blown mind.
*1300 – CarbonNZero Ann Smith, General Technical Manager*
At one, I'm going to take a bit of different approach to the Emissions Trading Scheme, which is almost upon us (passed into law this evening?). We've all heard how this is going to impact business and consumers, but I'd like to take a look at who how the market itself is likely to operate. I'll be talking to (above)*. *Their's is the country's main certification authority for carbon neutrality, and with their complex systems of carbon calculation and offset look set to be a major player in any ETS. I'll be asking her about the technicalities of measuring carbon, competition in the market for certification, and the dangerous concept of greenwash – or the misrepresentation of environmental credentials.
*1320 – Counterclockwise*
Scoopster Kevin List joins us from the boiling cauldron of scandal in Wellington at 1320 for counterclockwise. Last time we spoke Kevin had his calender out and thought there could be some minor discrepancies in Owen Glenn's testimonial to the privileges committee hearing the NZ First donations case. He said it could fall in Winston's favour, but after the billionaire's in-person appearance yesterday, it seems the sun is setting on Peter's political career.
*1340 – Book She Read*
And Sally returns for book she read to round out the show at 1340 today. NZ Book Month has kicked off with nary a whimper – who's doing their PR? So we'll be taking a look at what's on for booklovers, as well as some other bits and pieces: The Guardian's best book title awards for 2008, the world's first world-wide collaboratively written novel, and what the internet leak of a potential bestseller heralds for the industry.