The Space Show
Andrew Rennie’s The Space Show Wednesday 7pm – 8pm
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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Fifty years ago, on 1970 January 23, the first built, second launched Australian satellite was orbited from California. Australis Oscar 5 was an amateur radio satellite built by students at Melbourne University, and was the first satellite to be built in Australia. Unfortunately, it was beaten to the launch pad by Wresat. On The Space Show on January 22, to
“The Space Show” goes off with the galahs to investigate, in song, topics such as flat-earth, fake moon-landings, alien faces on Mars, anti-NASAism, and other whacky concepts. But as you listen, just remember Ira Gershwin’s line from Porgy and Bess: “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” We invite you to listen from 7 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday 2020 January 15.
While many Southern FM programmes may be taking a break on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, “The Space Show” will be doing musical specials. We will celebrate the space anniversaries of 2019 (in multiples of five years) with appropriate songs. For example, expect: Ian Brown to sing “Stardust” to celebrate the 1999 Stardust spacecraft; John Marmie to sing “Water
Dr Karl tells Andrew Rennie that interstellar travel will depend on the development of “fusion drive”, which is a much better power source to have space craft travel at much greater speeds in order to even consider human travel to interstellar destinations.
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,