Quilted Bananas Radio in Wellington

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The weekly Quilted Bananas Radio Show is broadcast on Sundays, 10 - 11 am, on Wellington Access Radio 106.1 FM. You can also listen to the live broadcast of the programme online on Sunday mornings - go to the Access Radio website and click on the listen live button.
Note: you need to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer to listen live.

Notices for the broadcasting on the programme should be sent to les.radio.welly@gmail.com

Check out the Programme's facebook page Quilted Bananas Radio for the latest updates from programme presenters.

Upcoming programme presenters:

  • 21 April: Linda
  • 28 April: Prue
  •   5 May: Emmie &Creek

The most recent programmes are available on the Access Radio Quilted Bananas radio page. Each Sunday's programme can generally be downloaded within a day of broadcasting. Here are the latest programmes available - click the link to play:

  • 21 Apr Linda & Sue
  • 14 Apr Siân - femme rants
  •   7 Apr Fiona & Sue - music, literary things and local news
  • 31 Mar Prue - Lesbian radio
  • 24 Mar Karen - music and news
  • 17 Mar Rosie - interviewing Julia Ehrt, ILGA’s Director of Programmes, ahead of this week’s conference in Wellington. Plus St Patrick’s Day and Irish news
  • 10 Mar Creek - talking to Kate Scarlet from Naming New Zealand
  •   3 Mar: Sue - talking to a trans woman about the Births Deaths, Marriages etc bill, and the Pride programme

History and philosophy

The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme provides lively coverage of news, politics, activities, interviews and music for queer women & non-binary folk. It focuses on Wellington regional activities, but also covers national and international news. As an acronym our name stands for: Queer, Intersectional, Intersex, Lesbian, Takataapui, Trans, Enby, Diverse ... Bisexual, Asexual, and Nanas (because a lot of us also identify as nanas). As a metaphor, Quilted Bananas is about celebrating all the slippery overlaps these communities can have.

Quilted Bananas started life as the Wellington Lesbian Community Radio Programme, airing under that name for more than 35 years until our revamp in 2019. We continue to receive funding from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust, which generously supports lesbian-interest activities in Wellington.

The programme is run by a collective of presenters and technicians and we always welcome new volunteers – if interested, email our heirloom address: les.radio.welly@gmail.com

We value respect and we don’t do gender-policing.

There is an interview with Prue about the programme and its history on PrideNZ.com.

<cite>Speak Out</cite> on Access Radio.

Speak Out on Access Radio

Speak Out brings news, music, stories, and media from rainbow communities in New Zealand to air! The show is run by a group of young people who volunteer with InsideOUT, a Wellington-based national organisation that works to make schools and communities across Aotearoa safer for youth with diverse sexualities, sexes and genders.

Speak Out is broadcast fortnightly on Wednesdays at 6pm - listen live on 106.1 FM or go to the Access Radio website and click on the listen live button. Podcasts of earlier programmes are available from the Speak Out page.

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The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme is supported by the Armstrong & Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians