“It was my privilege to be there at the moment of birth”

Howard Martin
CBA’s founding Chairman, Howard Martin.

In December 1969, CBA’s very first programme was broadcast from the pirate radio ship, the Tiri. CBA’s founding Chairman, Howard Martin, reflects on that exciting time:

“In the late 1960s, CBA was nothing but a small band of dreamers meeting in a sun-dappled coffee shop just off Karangahape Road, Auckland.

“It was a turbulent time, a time of protest and revolution, and we ourselves were caught up in our own tiny revolution, fuelled by a desire to find radical new ways of telling the Great Story of God’s presence and mercy.

“Ideas tumbled around us like apples from a bountiful tree. With Jimmy Frankham cracking the organisational whip, John Hawkesby exploding with ideas, and Ray Wakelin working electronic magic in his studio at home, we somehow found a way to bring a shared dream to reality.

Howard Martin

“I can never forget the exhilaration of hearing our inaugural broadcast from the Radio Hauraki pirate ship the Tiri. It burst thrillingly to life with the rock anthem from Jesus Christ Superstar — “Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Who are you? What have you sacrificed?” I remember feeling a sense of wonder and joy, like some watcher of the skies as a bright new star comes into view. It was my privilege to be there at the moment of birth.

“It is a blessing for me to know that – fifty years on – we are all still together working to realize that dream, seeking to reflect God’s unending love.”

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