I sat down for a chat with Richard Langston. We’ve met and talked a few times over the years but this was the first time I’d attempted to get his full story – journalist, poet, broadcaster, music enthusiast, television director – there’s a lot to discuss. And so we sit back and work through it all with some meditations on writing and reading and all the good stuff – music too of course.
Langston is an old-school journo who worked his way up through newspaper reporting to a 20-year career with TV3 which had him chasing down bad guys and sticking microphones in front of people in hallways, elsewhere he was earning the trust of people that wouldn’t normally speak to the press. And getting shot at in East Timor.
In and around all of this is a passion for music and poetry. Langston has published a small handful of books and he reads a few poems from these. He was also the publisher of a Flying Nun-related fanzine, a lifelong fan of The Clean.
These days he sometimes sits in on RNZ for Kim Hill, directs episodes of Country Calendar, writes about music for the RNZ website, and continues to turn up in the various ways that freelancers do.
It was a great pleasure to sit down for this long chat with Richard Langston. So many good stories. I really enjoyed this. And hope you do too.
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