Bob Dylan dedicated episode lands radio presenter in award finals
A programme dedicated to music icon Bob Dylan has seen a Taranaki radio station named a finalist in this year's NZ Radio Awards.
The Folk Music Hour, hosted by Davey Calder, airs at noon every Sunday on Access Radio Taranaki (ART), the station known for giving a voice to the people.
Calder, who has a life-long involvement in the New Zealand folk music community and is an original member of Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, has prepared and presented more than 140 programmes on the FM broadcast since he began at the station three years ago.
He describes his programme as a "song spoken essay". Sometimes he speaks "off the cuff", occasionally he has a guest, other times he lets the carefully programmed music tell a story.
The episode in which scored him the nomination was titled Nobel Dylan.
With the music of the legendary American songwriter, singer, painter, and writer, Calder orchestrated his episode in support of Dylan being a awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.
"When he was awarded the Nobel Prize it sent shock waves around the world," he said.
Calder read many conflicting articles about whether Dylan's work could be called literature and therefore was he worthy of such a distinction.
But regardless of how the words were served up, Dylan was a poet, he said.
"Basically I think Bob Dylan was a jolly great choice.
"Millions of people have listened, understood and been moved by his music."
It was the first time the not-for-profit station had a finalist in the industry-wide competition.
Calder's programme had been recognised in the Best Community Access Programme and was up against two other finalists.
Station manager Alessandra Keighley said she was delighted to have a show placed as a finalist in the awards.
"ART show makers are dedicated volunteers, who are supported by NZ on Air, and the community to express their thoughts, beliefs, languages and passion," she said.
"It is exciting that these voices are being heard and acknowledged as vibrant and vital broadcasting."
On his nomination, Calder said "it was a slow burning thrill".
"I'll feel pretty excited if we are able to pull it off."
The awards will be held in Auckland on June 8.