Campus Radio 95bFM
Manu Taylor is well known in the New Zealand music and media industry. Over 10 years of weekly music reviews on national public broadcaster Radio New Zealand and more recently on the Radio Live network has ensured a broad mind and a lot of conversations about music with strangers who recognise his voice!
Add to that 10 years as Programme Director of Auckland’s most popular Urban music radio station Mai FM and you have a lot of influence over what music New Zealanders hear, purchase and talk about.
Manu began his music industry career while at University working for the oldest & most respected music store in Auckland – Marbecks Records. He worked both part and full-time at Marbecks for over 13 years including 4 years managing their 164 Queen Street store. While at Marbecks, Manu also operated an indie record label “Papa Pacific Records” which was distributed by Warner Music NZ and a merchandising business.
In the 80’s and early 90’s Manu worked at some of the music majors starting in the warehouse of WEA Records, moving into National Retail and Promotions there and later to Polygram as NZ Promotions Manager. All the while Manu was performing and writing music in various Auckland bands.
The move into radio came with the invitation to join Mai FM in 1997 as Programme Director, responsible for all talent and on-air sound. The fledgling station grew to be an Auckland institution with a huge and loyal audience - regularly beating all the other stations (including talk radio, classic hits and MOR radio), in the ratings. Possibly this was because Manu programmed by hand with an ear for music progression and suitability for the time and day it was being listened to. It was hard work but was well worth it.
Manu moved in 2008 to another Auckland institution – 95bFM – a leading alternative University station with a smaller audience but arguably an even more loyal fanbase than Mai.
Regularly billed as ‘the world’s best radio station’ (by it’s listeners!), 95bFM is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting in 2009. It has over 100 volunteer and paid DJs, 15 full-time staff, a base at the University of Auckland and a role as big-city rep for the nationwide ‘b-net’ grouping of university radio stations.
As Station Manager of 95bFM, Manu is responsible the complete operation with a special interest in the on-air sound and talent and generally brings his considerable experience to the station which has a strong function as an artist breaker and an NZ media talent hot-house. They call themselves “The Originator” and take that role seriously.
Manu is 46 years old, has Maori and Jewish heritage and is also a golf instructor.
Links: www.95bfm.com ; www.maifm.co.nz ; www.marbecks.co.nz