Radio Karamea DJ Awards: In Recognition of Awesomeness



Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “DJ’s Hall of Fame!”

The Queen of England and the British Commonwealth Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is pleased today to announce from Buckingham Palace the granting of an exclusive warrant to the Republic of Rongolia, Karamea, New Zealand the right to establish a Hall of Fame for Disc Jockey’s!

Rongolia El Presidente for Life, El Senor Palo Murrio has welcomed this news with the announcement today from Rongo that the “DJ’s Hall of Fame” will be housed exclusively in the VIP Lounge of the Radio Karamea 107.5 FM radio station complex!

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Jazzy Jasmin Jangles: Karamea Radio Mascot

Nominees for 2014 induction into the “DJ’s Hall of Fame” include :

Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “International Requests Show” DJ – DJ Crap!


DJ Crap

Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Soul and Gospel Show” DJ – DJ Echo!

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DJ Echo

Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Comedy Show DJ” – The Big Man!

The Big Man

The Big Man

Radio Karamea 107.5 FM: DJ Pukeko’s “An Evening with DJ Pukeko” Most Outrageous Song Dedicated to a Mother


Radio Karamea 107.5 FM “Bigga than Bateman Show DJ”  – Bigga!



Radio Karamea 107.5 FM DJ’s Hall of Fame 2014 Nominees – Profiles!

DJ CRAP – Paul John Murray:  Custodian of Karamea Radio 107.5 FM and owner of Rongo Backpackers & Gallery (home of Karamea Radio)

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DJ Crap

Biography – Of Australian extraction, DJ Crap came to New Zealand in 2003 to shake up the Kiwis and bring some West Island culture to the people of Aotearoa. He is responsible for looking after Karamea Radio for the Karamea community and has spent an unreasonable amount of his life in the DJ booth on his eternal quest to become DJ Competent.

DJ Crap PUNK Show

Favourite singer – Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Jim Jones, Bob Log III and Shirley Bassey


Favourite band – The Jim Jones Revue

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The Jim Jones Revue


The Jim Jones Revue

Favourite One-Man Band: Bob Log III


Bob Log III Live in Melbourne, Austrralia

Favourite song – 

Best show – All DJ Crap shows are CRAP!! (But the International Request Show is the all-time most popular show on Karamea Radio…The DJ may be crap, but the fans LOVE him!)

Most memorable on air event – Having a punch up in the studio with a disgruntled Eric Clapton fan who thought Clapton was GOD.


Favourite tipple – Japanese Holy Water



Best quote – “Dr John is the Eric Clapton of piano.”

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THE BIG MAN – Brian Thomson or “The Big Man” to West Coasters!


Biography – Ex Aucklander who found a land of promise, opportunities and experiences abound. Helped the radio station into a new era and explored the music of the globe.

Favourite singer – B B King

B.B. King Live


Favourite band – The Flaming Mudcats




Favourite song – Itchin’ and Scratchin’

 Best show – Musical Friends with DJ Crap

Most memorable on air event – The ousting of Dr Y Max – Mondayitis

Big Man March 2014

Favourite tipple – Japanese Sake

Best quote – “Here’s a song for all the curtain twitches out there in radio land, “The Gossip Calypso.””


DJ ECHO – Tim Hawley, former owner of Echo Records in Dunedin!


DJ Echo

Biography – Spent over 40 years wandering the South Island and the globe before seeing the light and moving to Karamea in 2009. Hasn’t looked back since.

DJ Echo NY Show

Favourite singer – Changes daily but Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has been a favourite for 20 years plus. Latterly listening to a lot of Nigerian 70s singers- William Onyeabor is pretty special.


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


Favourite band – Also changes daily/weekly but King Crimson (1970s version) has been a major part of my listening life since 1983!


King Crimson

Favourite Canadian artist called Neil – Neil Young, no question at all!


Favourite Neil Young album – On the Beach


Favourite album of all time – Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan



Favourite song – “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” by The Clean

Best show – Songs about Jesus (w/ DJ Crap, November 2013), Neil Young’s birthday show 2012, Labour Weekend show 2013 and many others

Most memorable on air event – Anything I can remember isn’t worth remembering!


Favourite tipple – Homemade boysenberry wine (for a cogent show) or single malt Scotch whiskey if you’re after something a bit more loose!


Best quote – “Is the microphone on?” or “oh crap, the microphone was on all the time.”

DJ Marcellus Nealy – Records his Nuphoria Radio Show in Japan exclusively for Karamea Radio 107.5 FM and sends it to us via the InterWeb

Biography –  Born in Cleveland Ohio in the USA, Marcellus is a Poet, Singer, Photographer and Language professor while that may seem like a heap of things Marcellus tells they all point to the same thing which is self expression, a pursuit to which he has dedicated his life.  His intense poetry style and spoken word performance has been called likened to possession by crafty sprits.  He has also performed with many talented musicians around the world in front of tens of thousands of people as a singer and rapper.   He currently works with various institutions around Tokyo as a communications and education consultant.

Favourite singer – There are too many to name.  It depends on my mood.

Favourite band – Same with the singer it depends on my mood

Favourite song – Man these questions are hard


Best show – The one where I did all jazz funk tunes.  That is the kind of groove that really revs my engine.

Most memorable on air event –  When I realised I had done several stories in a row about people’s “junk.” (Which was an expression for penis unknown to Karamea people and is now a staple word for the appendage among Karamea Radio listeners).


Favourite tipple -good quality dark Rum

Best quote –  “And now here’s another good trick that I know”  The Cat in The Hat

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Biography – Karamea celebrity and known throughout the South Island as “incorrigible,” “recalcitrant” and “refractory” David John “Bigga” Bateman has endeared himself to the people of Karamea through his highly controversial and somewhat acerbic wireless theatre that is the “Bigga than Bateman” Show. His undiplomatic, straight-shooting tell-all on-air style has won many fans and has upset more people than any other Karamea Radio DJ…quite and achievement that!

Favourite singer – Yusuf Islam


Favourite band – David Bowie


Favourite song – “Young Americans” by David Bowie


Best show – Karamea Radio 107.5 FM: Rick Lucas Interviews Dave Bateman


Most memorable on air event – Panda’s live performance on the Bigga Show


Mataolin “Panda” Coffey

Favourite tipple – Ranfurly Draught Giant 440 and plenty of it!


Best quote – “The only good American is a dead American.”

“Don’t piss in my pocket and tell me it’s raining!”

“It’s got that look about it”

“I’m starting to wonder…”

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DJ Pukeko – Lewis Jackson aka Sheik El Shamshoun IV


Biography – Born and raised in suburban Dunedin, Louis J. wandered the planet aimlessly for many years until he discovered Rongo in Karamea! Unleashed as DJ Pukeko on Radio Karamea 107.5 FM on an unsuspecting West Coast radio audience, he did his best to rustle many feathers!  Now in retirement, pathetically sitting in an old cane wheel chair in an old folks home in Waikikamaukau, talking to the garden gnomes, dreaming of yesterdays but quietly planning his escape to the corner dairy!



Favourite singer – Mungo Jerry (In the Summertime)


Favourite band – The Monkees (I’m a Believer)


Favourite song – Great Southern Land by Ice House


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Best show – Sunday night – Radio Karamea 107.5 FM – Poetry Alive with Superwomen Kristin and Katie – 1st reading of the Massey Ferguson Tractor Manual crank case instructions on page 27!


Most memorable on air event – Sunday night -Radio Karamea 107.5 FM Poetry Alive  – Live reading of “Macbeth” Act IV Scene I  “Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…” with my amazing friend I met at Rongo, Kaylee Danger Surprise et al!

Favourite tipple –Johnathon Walker Black Label, on the rocks, stirred with a twist of licorice!!


Best quote – “Am I allowed to say that on air? Arf arf!”


DJ No Name: A recent arrival in Karamea after leaving Auckland with refugee status arrived in the new country with great hope for the future and enthusiastically embraced life in Rongolia by assisting DJ BiGMan with his show…yet to perform solo on 107.5 FM, but has quickly learnt the radio ropes and will likely soon have his own show and his own DJ name!


DJ No Name and Friend

Biography: l have arrived in Karamea as an old friend, an work mate of Big Man
during our time in stress city Auckland….for the purpose of assuming a joint alter ego, The Undynamic Duo……so as to bring laughter and zanyness to Rongo and Karamea.

Favourite Singer: Anyone who champions the individual,whoose lyrics weren,t written by a machine…..with real love in their heart..!

Favourite Band: Ditto above…..but doing it together….,

Favourite Song: Too many to list…but lets say lyrics written with passion
and love, saying it like it is, that don’t provoke an instant urge to throw up!

Best Show: Anything by freedom loving flower bedecked,transcendental
hippy permercultural radio show hosts…..on Karamea Radio 107.5 fm….er
sorry but does that count as a shameless promotion!

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Most Memorable Event on Air: Well this would clearly be the first radio show when together with Bigman we assumed our joint alter ego..The Undynamic Duo!


Favourite Tipple: Ice cold Apple juice…..with a cold dark malt ale or beer coming a close second!

Best Quote: If you at first don’t succeed….try, try,try again!
Paraphrased perfectly by Albert Einstein,when he said….It must be a form of insanity to repeat the same thing and yet expect a different result! Lol

The world according to No Name (Garp)

Big Man and No Name


Radio Karamea 107.5 FM radio shack has witnessed the evolution of posse DJ’s unparalleled on this planet!  

Controversial? – Never!

Popular – Bloody Oath!

The 2014 Wolf Man Jack Award is awarded collectively to DJ Crap and DJ Echo for the “Songs About Jesus Show 2014”!

DJs Crap & Echo

The 2014 Monty Python Award is awarded to The Big Man for “The Comedy Show!”

Big Man left this morning for three months in Japa

The Big Man…a VERY funny fella!

The 2014 Roger Redneck Award is awarded to Dave “ Bigga” Bateman for the “Bigga than Bateman Show!”

The 2014 Most Outrageous Song Dedicated to a Mother Award goes to DJ Pukeko for Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n’Roll” for his dear old Mum in Auckland on his “A Cultured Evening with DJ Pukeko” Show.
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Dave “Bigga” Bateman

“Who’s this on the Wolfman telephone?”


Wolfman Jack




About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.
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8 Responses to Radio Karamea DJ Awards: In Recognition of Awesomeness

  1. HRH Queen Victoria says:

    We are not amused! HRH Queen Victoria!

    P.S. Young handsome David Bateman would make an eminently suitable “rhymes with picolo” for the Royal We on cold winter nights at the Palace!

  2. Sheik El Kpkoue III says:


  3. Caledonian says:

    Unbelievably awesome.

  4. AlabamaRight says:

    Is there live streaming for Radio KARAMEA? Love to listen in!

    • Howdy, thanks for your comment…Our InterWeb speed is very last century here in Sunny Karamea, so live streaming is currently not possible. The best we can do is to record shows and upload them as podcasts…you can then hear ten, or download the shows.

      Recorded shows can be accessed here:


      I upload shows the day after they are recorded, so it’s not live, but it’s pretty current.

      I always promote the new shows on our FaceBook Page, so if you jon that page, you’re receive notification of new recordings:

      I hope you enjoy the shows,

      Regards form Sunny Karamea,


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