It's 10:50am on Tuesday - the most depressing time of the week I've been told. RNZ National is currently playing one of those dire readings - another Settler reminiscence by the sound of it. So lifeless, so boring. As an ad-free, government-owned, Wellington-based Pakeha/English language institution its primary attraction to those beyond the imagined Pakeha middle class audience it serves is to all those who dislike ads more than they dislike the eccentricities of RNZ programming (a lot less than you would think, but I'm one of them).
On ZB there is Kerre Woodham indulging Christians - probably, she usually does, but I don't want to listen - and whinging about why the Pakeha majority have to put up with Maori and bashing social welfare recipients. That's the gist - of the host and the callers. So prejudiced, so brainless; but thankfully it's not Leighton Smith punctuating the racism with supposedly thoughtful silences and pompous intonation - Kerre Woodham doesn't take her own ignorance quite to that high an altar.
On Radio Live there is Michael Laws and he's similarly indulging bigots, whinging about Maori and social welfare recipients... and fat chicks - today he's also railing against fat women. Like ZB a great deal of it is hate speech directed at minority groups in a powerless or inferior situation. This public dialogue in the mass media between a bigoted host (who controls the conversation) and similarly prejudiced callers is not talk-back radio it is talk-hate radio.
These are the three main news/talk nation-wide radio networks in New Zealand.