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Cham The Man
2ZC Napier

DJ Nev Chamberlain 'Cham The Man' in the book Voices in the Air recalls: 'I well remember starting in this DJ business at station 2ZC Napier about 1959 and I have a feeling that I can claim to have put on the first 'Top 40 Show' in New Zealand.'

'Cham The Man' died in Wellington, New Zealand, on February 6 2007. Aged 74.

radio history image of DJ Neville Chamberlain - 'Cham The Man'

Host of the 'Gather Around' show, Neville Chamberlain
©'Voices in the Air', RNZ/Methuen 1976, Radio Heritage Foundation Collection.

For the story of how Top 40 radio began on 2ZC and more about 'Cham The Man', you'll enjoy the article From Hawkes Bay to Replay Radio by David Lindsay.

We have a very limited number of copies of the out-of-print and very collectable book 'Voices in the Air', the story of early radio broadcasting in New Zealand published over 30 years ago.

Buy from us today and you'll also get a special set of postage stamps celebrating the 1920's period including the special issue for the anniversary of radio in New Zealand! Use your VISA/Mastercard/AMEX for easy purchase.

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