Quilted Bananas Radio in Wellington


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 to live stream. There are also links to subscribe to podcasts at apple podcasts or Spotify, or download apps for android or iOS. The Quilted Bananas Radio Programme is supported by the Rule Foundation.

Notices for broadcasting on the programme should be sent to qbananasradio@gmail.com

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

Upcoming programme presenters:

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

The podcasts for January - mid April 2021 are no longer easliy accessible; ditto for most of the 2019 & 2020 podcasts.

2020 podcasts

More ... 2019 podcasts

2019 podcasts

  •  3 Nov Siân talking to Hanna Waswa, a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe from Treaty 9 territory in Canada
  • 27 Oct Kura chatting with Kathy Ombler a local freelance writer with a special focus on conservation, tourism, and hospitality
  • 20 Oct Karen & Adrienne - music (Gladys Bentley!) and local goings on
  • 13 Oct Sue & Sarah - talking about some of the first queens! Power, renown, and fabulousness in ancient Egypt
  •  6 Oct Creek & Emmie interview each other about their bands
  • 29 Sept Kura - interview with Kate Kennedy
  • 22 Sept Linda featuring Asian queer music
  • 15 Sept Siân - femme rants with writer and poet Emma Barnes
  •  8 Sept Fiona & Sue - with Sally and Lisa from Stitch and Butch
  •  1 Sept Kura - music and local events
  • ... less

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: qbananasradio@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, and an article by Linda Evans about the history of the programme on nzhistory.govt.nz/women-together.