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Volume 18, Issue 1

May, 2012

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Oosterman, Allison (2012). Scrim – the man with a mike. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(1): 225-228. Review of Scrim – the man with a mike, by William Renwick. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011, 308 pp. ISBN 978-0864736956
Author(s): Allison Oosterman
Reviewed book by William Renwick
Publication date: 
May, 2012

Biography is currently one of the most popular literary genres but New Zealand writers seem to choose their subjects from quite a narrow range of sportsmen and military figures. Few have chosen to write about historic media individuals. The last one I recall was Facing the Music: Charles Baeyertz and the Triad, by Joanna Woods (2008).

Renwick sets out to put the record straight on some of the myths surrrounding this controversial broadcaster, a methodist minister, whose Friendly Road sessions on provate radio 1ZR in the 1930s made him one of the most popular men in the country.