Dr Peter Hoar

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8353

Email: peter.hoar@aut.ac.nz


BA Auck., MLIS Well., PhD Auck.


I have worked in New Zealand radio, television and journalism. I am a Senior Lecturer in the Radio Major and teach radio and society, radio research skills, radio performance, radio production and critical analysis of the music industry. I also supervise post graduate students interested in radio and associated topics and contribute documentaries and reviews to RNZ Concert.

Teaching Areas:

Radio, radio research techniques, the music industry, radio and society, content creation, media management, media history, postgraduate research, documentary making.

Research Summary:

Audio cultures
Sound studies
Media history
Radio histories
Radio and society
New Zealand history
Media and memory
Cultural musicology
Radio and music
Music history
Media and politics
Radio and the Internet
Radio documentary


Radio Documentaries

(All broadcast on RNZ Concert)

Goodbye Maoriland: New Zealand’s Music of the Great War 1914-18, 25/04/05 (27’)
Kith and Kin: Families and Country Music (4 x 55’)
01Family Tradition, 21/08/05.
02Brothers and Sisters, 28/08/05.
03Ideals, 04/09/05.
04Realities, 11/09/05.

Groves & Celluloid (2 x 55’)
01Grooves and Celluloid: Records, 20/08/06.
02Grooves and Celluloid: Films, 27/08/06.
Up for the Downstroke: P-Funk and its Influence (2 x 55’)
01P-Funk: The Up Stroke, 03/09/06.
02P-Funk: The Down Stroke, 10/09/06.
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750): Composer of the Week, 12/11/06 (27’)

French Baroque Airs de Cour & Chamber Music: Composer of the Week, 10/09/07 (27’)

Ethel Smyth (1858-1944): Composer of the Week, 27/04/08 (27’)
Henry Purcell 1659-95): Composer of the Week, 20/07/08 (27’)
Marin Marais (1656-1728): Composer of the Week, 19/10/08 (27’)

Giralamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Composer of the Week, 17/05/09 (27’)
John Dowland (1583-1626); Composer of the Week, 09/11/09 (27’)

Perotin (fl. c 1200) & the Notre Dame School: Composer of the Week, 28/03/10 (55’)
Johann Fux (1660-1741) & the Didactic Composer; Composer of the Week, (27/06/10 (27’)
Alfred Hill (1869-1960): Composer of the Week, 25/04/10 (27’)
William Boyce (1711-79) & Thomas Arne (1710-78); Composer of the Week, 28/11/10 (27’)

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751); Composer of the Week, 20/03/11 (27’)
From Rags to Reich: American Pianist Composers of the 20th Century: Composer of the Week, 26/06/11 (55’)
Federico Mompou (1893-1987): Composer of the Week, 20/11/11 (27’)

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Composer of the Week, 25/03/12 (27’)
Alfred Schnittke (1934-98): Composer of the Week, 24/06/12 (55’)

Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613): Composer of the Week, 24/0313 (27’)
Britten’s Words: Appointment, 13/06/13 (54’)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770): Composer of the Week, 07/07/13 (27’)
Charles Burney (1726-1814): Appointment, 14/11/13 (54’)
Morton Gould (1913-96): Composer of the Week, 08/12/13 (27’)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Composer of the Week, 20/04/13 (27’)
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): Composer of the Week, 14/09/14 (27’)
Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764) Composer of the Week, 07/12/14 (27’)

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915): Composer of the Week, 14/06/15 (27’)

Selected Articles

Hoar, P. (2006). ‘Wonderful noises not at all Shakespearean: the organization of early audio media in New Zealand’, Crescendo: Bulletin of the International Association of Music Libraries, 73, 13-18.

Hoar, P. (2012). ‘Morse, magic and modernity: receiving radio in New Zealand 1900-1914’, In Radio and society: New thinking for an old medium, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing., pp. 1-15.  

Selected Conferences

Hoar, P. (2006). 'Hearing the 1930s: the gramophone and its discontents in New Zealand’, Journalism Downunder: The future of the media in the digital age, 2nd joint Journalism Education Association (Australia)/Journalism Education Association (New Zealand) Conference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 4-7 December 2006.

Hoar, P. (2007). ‘From Bad to voice: the Talkies and the New Zealand soundscape’, MEDIANZ Conference, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 8-10 February 2007.

Hoar, P. (2007). ‘Cats' whiskers and cultures: New Zealand's Radio Broadcasting Company and the invention of radio programming 1925-1931', The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, Lincoln University, United Kingdom, 16-19 July 2007.

Hoar, P. (2007). Sounding history: concepts and methodologies in the history of sound’, The Future of the Past: Sovereignty and Dominion, People in Places New Zealand Historical Association Conference, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 23-25 November 2007.

Hoar, P. (2009). ' Selling Aunt Daisy: Maud Basham and commercial discourse in New Zealand radio broadcasting 1936 to 1963, The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, York University, Toronto, Canada, 27-30 July 2009.

Hoar, P. (2011). ‘Morse, magic and modernity: receiving radio in New Zealand 1900-14’, The Radio Conference 2011: A Transnational Forum, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 11-14 January 2011.

Hoar, P. (2012). ‘Heeding the call: how New Zealanders heard the films of the South African War 1899–1902’, Media Histories: Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, JMAD Conference 2012, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 13 September 2012.

Hoar, P. (2013). ‘Beethoven in the backblocks: classical music and public radio in New Zealand’, The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom, 9-11 July 2013.

Hoar, P. (2014). Screen Edge Forum 2014: Radio Documentary 101, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 30 May 2014.

Hoar, P. (2014). ‘The British kept a'comin’: on the tourist trail of the 1863 invasion of the Waikato’, Media, War and Memory:  JMAD Conference 2014, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 18-19 September 2014.

Hoar, P.  (2015). ‘Asking the people what they want: high-brow vs. low-brow and the 1932 New Zealand radio survey’, Popular Culture Association of Australia New Zealand (POPCAANZ) Conference 2015, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 29 June-1 July 2015.