Lindsay Yeo

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Lindsay Yeo is a New Zealand broadcaster who for some time had his own radio programme on Newstalk ZB, and continues to make regular relief appearances on the network.

Biography[edit]

Yeo through much of the 1970s and 1980s was the breakfast host of the Wellington radio station 2ZB. It consistently was the number one rated Wellington breakfast radio programme until the late 1980s. One of Yeo's creations was the children's character "Buzz O'Bumble"[1] who appeared every day on the radio show, with his other friends "Belinda" the bee and "Wally Weta". Little has been heard of these characters since the format of 2ZB changed to news/talk in the late 1990s, and his community oriented breakfast show was replaced with news and interviews.[2]

The character Belinda was Buzz's wife and they also had a family, Bimbo, Bonny and Bobo. The children were most often played by Lindsay's own family. Wally Weta also had stage friends, Super Spider, Dumb Dumb and Dimwit the clowns. The group toured doing shows around the country. Buzz was seen riding elephants in the Moscow Circus parade though Wellington streets. Riding 8' unicycles at the Stratford stockcar track. Later Lindsay developed Bumbleland which allowed character expansion and he introduced a family of elves once again played by his own family.

The theme song used was, "It's A Small World".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerryn Pollock. 'Childhood - Buzz O'Bumble', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Updated 22 March 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ Bang - Ron Sneddon on media, AdMedia magazine, November 2000.

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