This one’s a conversation I had with Mark Cubey. His most recent job was managing Writers & Readers as part of the NZ Festival. Before that, for more than a decade, he was the producer of Saturday Mornings on RNZ, aka “The Kim Hill Show”.
I first met Mark nearly 20 years ago when his passion-project, LOOP, was moving from a magazine with a free CD on the cover off towards being a one-stop culture-shop website and then record label.
Before LOOP Mark had been involved with community projects such as City Voice and Radio Active, he’d been the editor of Salient, had worked as a sub on publications including The Listener and NBR.
We talked through his life surrounded by pop-culture and the arts – books, music, movies, magazines. These are things I crave. Many of you do too no doubt. Mark Cubey devoured them. And has continued to pop up in various guises over the last 30+ years as a producer, a wrangler, an enthusiast, an enabler.
We talked a bit of tech too – changes in the way things get done. There’s also a bit of Ed Sheeran discussion (Trigger Warning!) and we find time, as everyone should, for George Michael too.
I hope you enjoy this – I certainly did.