Duncan Campbell Profile

Murray Cammick
5 Jul 2018

Duncan Campbell was a neatly attired radio news journalist by day, sporting a tie when necessary, but after hours he was a music writer and the king of reggae radio, with a weekly show that became the wharenui of the local reggae scene.

Campbell was born in Whangarei but grew up in Auckland. He got his start in journalism at the Auckland Star, a newspaper with admired journos such as Pat Booth. Sports writer and music critic Phil Gifford was also there at the time: “I knew him when he was a kid news journo who, to be honest, was about the least likely person to become the Rasta and reggae guru he would later be. What he always had, even then, was strong opinions, and an eloquent, persuasive way of expressing them.”  

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Duncan Campbell, broadcaster and journalist: reggae and jazz on bFM, news for Radio i, reviews and features for Rip It Up.  
Photo credit: Paul Taylor
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The 95bfm bus at Splore, February 2018. From left: Dom Nola, Duncan Campbell, Patrick Waller. 
Photo credit: Danescottcreative@gmail.com
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Duncan Campbell at his 2008 birthday. 
Photo credit: Phil Walsh collection
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Duncan Campbell, second from right, marks Bob Marley's birthday with some friends, 2011.
Photo credit: Phil Walsh collection
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Time for some lovers rock: Duncan Campbell at home.  
Photo credit: Roddy Llamagas
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Duncan Campbell with Doug Wimbish, bassist of Living Color and Tackhead, after a 2017 interview on bFM.
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Duncan Campbell and friend
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Duncan Campbell at bFM, March 2017
Photo credit: Duncan Campbell collection
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Duncan Campbell, host of bFM's jazz show from 2012-2018
Photo credit: Paul Taylor
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The Alluminati, featuring Duncan Campbell, 95bFM, 2018. 
Photo credit: Duncan Campbell collection
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"My family and our car, circa 1962" - Duncan Campbell. 
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Duncan Campbell with Dom Nola, who persuaded him to return to 95bFM in 2016 to host the jazz show.
Photo credit: Dom Nola
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A very small selection of Duncan's record collection. 
Photo credit: Phil Walsh
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Duncan Campbell in his element.
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Duncan Campbell polishes an Ace compilation at his annual birthday chilli competition, 2008.
Photo credit: Phil Walsh
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JA cake for his 2004 birthday. 
Photo credit: Phil Walsh
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