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