The Space Show
Space and astronomy news with Andrew Rennie
Andrew Rennie had his radio debut at the age of five when he was interviewed on 3ZB Christchurch about what he had been doing during the school holidays. Three decades later interviews about space on Radio Pacific and 1ZB Auckland led to interviews on Television One.
One day he and a bunch of friends were whingeing about the lack of coverage of spaceflight on TV, when someone suggested they make their own. When the issue of who should research the programme was raised, everyone pointed to Andrew. Later, when film and images needed to be collected, everyone pointed to Andrew. Materials collected, a script had to be written, and you guessed, … Likewise a producer, presenter, and interviewer was selected by the group in the same manner. The resulting half hour documentary was broadcast on South Pacific Television.
A decade later a bunch of folks were sitting around bemoaning that there as no coverage of space on radio in Melbourne. They realistically realised that commercial radio would never carry any programming of the sort and put idea of a programme about space into the impossible dream basket. Then, in early 1991, up popped a number of community radio stations. Radio 3SCB (then in the process of morphing into 88.3 Southern FM) was contacted, and yes, they were interested, and by the way, could we start this weekend? And so it was that The Space Show began at Easter of 1991 with four presenters, one of them Andrew. Sixteen years on he is still at it, bringing the excitement of space and astronomy to whoever wants to listen.
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On January 25 “The Space Show” will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Saturn 204 (Apollo 1) fire on the launch pad that killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. We will have our own “virtual” interview with astronauts Neil Armstrong (Gemini 8 and Apollo 11), Frank Borman (Gemini 7 and Apollo 8), Jim Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12,
The tenth man to walk on the Moon came in the Southern FM for a long chat about his life. That conversation can be heard on The Space Show over three weeks – Wednesdays 2014 October 15, 22 and 29 between 7 and 8 p.m., right here on Melbourne’s very own space station, 88.3 Southern FM. Please tune in and listen
On Wednesday, 6 August, after a decade-long journey through space, ESA’s Rosetta will become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. To mark this momentous occasion, starting at 6 pm, “The Space Show” will be broadcasting live-to-air the arrival ceremonies from the European Space Agency’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Join us on
An archive of selected interviews, documetaries and event recordings from The Space Show, going as far back as 1991, are available for listening or download. These podcasts are being progressively added, so check back often. Just visit the show’s index page and then select the year and item category you are interested in hearing.
On The Space Show on Wednesday, 2012 February 8, between 7 and 8 pm, we play “Hollywood Meets The Labcoats.” This is a discussion about whether the monsters depicted in the movies could really exist, and ends our summer series of science fiction.