Mike Williams | Now That’s What I Call RDU

The Morning After with Ben and Josh | 4 May 2021


Now That’s What I Call RDU: 1980 – 1989

Episode 2: Mike Williams

The Morning After welcomes Mike Williams, RDU show host of Soundcheck Radio, 80s record shop employee & musician to discuss the goings-on of the time period and learn about the sounds consumed by university students, music as a career path (or not) back in the 1980s, music discovery and recording. He shares with the listeners six Christchurch tracks that have really stuck with him; Observe Life – New Age Steppers, Smother Love – Crass, Big Cheap Motel – Axeman, We are Expand – Shaft 82, Nick the Stripper – The Birthday Party and Son of a Gun – YFC.

In celebration of NZ Music Month, RDU 98.5FM presents Now That’s What I Call RDU, a Live Podcast Series taking place on ‘The Morning After’ breakfast show throughout the month of May.

The series aims to delve deep into the rich history and culture that has helped shape the Ōtautahi music scene to what we see today. Each week will focus on a different decade, starting in the 1980s and moving through to the 2020s for the final episode. 

Hosted by RDU 98.5FM’s breakfast duo, Ben O’Connell & Josh Watson, the pair will welcome guests from across the eras. Taking a closer look at what was going on within the local scene at the time, uncovering the memories and of course, revisiting some of the incredible music that has been produced in the city we call home.

Tune in live on RDU 98.5FM each weekday of May between 8- 8.30am or listen on-demand by visiting www.rdu.org.nz.

Now That’s What I Call RDU is proudly made with the support of Ōtautahi music venue, 12 Bar.


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