NZ radio celebrates Abbey Road’s 50th Anniversary

26th September 1969 was the release date of the last album recorded by The Beatles, ‘Abbey Road’, and to coincide with the of a suite of lavishly presented Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition packages on September 27th, several local radio stations across New Zealand will be playing a special 1 hour programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album’s release.
This special programme is distributed by AB Soundbites from Hamilton, which also sends out a locally produced retro music chart show, The New Zealand Retro Weekly Top 40 Countdown with Rob Walker, which is heard on over 20 local independent radio stations across the nation every weekend.
The Beatles Abbey Road Album 50th Anniversary programme is written, produced and presented by US radio host and Beatles fan Archer, who hosted a 2 hour weekly Beatles radio show in 2008 and 2009 called The Beatles Basement, which ran in New Zealand on Radio 1XXOne Double-X in the Eastern Bay Of Plenty.
Archer also presented a special 50th Anniversary programme for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 2017, and The White Album’s 50th Anniversary Special in 2018, both of which were heard on several local independent radio stations across New Zealand.
This 1-hour radio special is a behind the scenes journey through the recording sessions for Abbey Road album, with insights from The Beatles themselves, along with the album’s engineer and also its producer, the late Sir George Martin.
The show contains alternative mixes and well as acoustic mixes of some songs for the special 2019 album packages.




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