Turntable returns to YA
Listening to Arthur ‘Turntable’ Pearce on 2YD and the YA stations was like going to church, whether your faith was jazz, blues, R&B or pop. Susy Pointon, who worked in the fledgling New Zealand film industry in the 1970s, is an accomplished writer of short stories. She has written Cotton-Eyed Joe – a series of radio stories about her friendship with Pearce in the 1960s which covers social history, a coming of age memoir, and a portrait of a man with unique ears.
Behind the microphone Pearce would get gone, real gone. As far as I can tell he was the first person to play Elvis Presley on New Zealand radio. And in the late 70s – after he’d retired from his job moonlighting on the National Programme for 40 years – he was still listening to new sounds. The 75 year old was championing the Ramones.