The Characters Of Newstalk ZB – Including Little Brucie Of Little Wanganui & Housing New Zealand Sue

Little Brucie of Little Wanganui.

UPDATE JANUARY 18 – See below for additional photos.

It started with a video of regular Newstalk ZB caller Sue (known as Housing New Zealand Sue because of her devotion to topics related to state housing) and now with a photo of fellow talkback stalwart Little Brucie of Little Wanganui, an idea has cemented itself. Why not create a page of photos of the characters – both callers and staff – of New Zealand’s #1 rated station?

The recently uploaded video of Sue on The Two’s Facebook page ( had been a huge success – people really wanted to know what she looked like. But nothing prepared us for the popularity of Little Brucie’s photo. For years ZB listeners have been entertained by the cheeky grandpa from the West Coast with his all times of the day and night phone calls. What did Little Brucie of Little Wanganui actually look like though? Turns out exactly as about 95% (judging by the Facebook comments) expected. “Cute as a button!” said at least half a dozen people.


So here they are, Little Brucie and Housing New Zealand Sue. But wait, there’s more! Much more in fact. *As of January 18 we also now have photos of Ron From Christchurch the Singing Taxi Driver, Pete the Urban Maori, Request Sue, Co-op Taxis Mikey, Adrienne & Her Mouldy Pizza and Hans the Dutch Baker. We currently await photos of Netball & Movies Kelvin, Dear Helen, Dave the Security Guard, Sweet Alan Of Timaru, Deano the Dairy Farmer, Jeanetta the Hermaphrodite, “Ah Yes Hello” Mark who has a Hannah Montana duvet and other entrenched regulars.


Another Brucie – longtime ZB host Bruce Russell – is also included, so too photos of my co-host on The Two Tim Wilson, fill-in co-host Mark Dye and original co-host Pam Corkery. The page will be updated as worthy photos come in. They can be emailed to or sent to Tim Roxborogh, Newstalk ZB, Private Bag 92198, Auckland.


Little Brucie of Little Wanganui with a fan.
Bruce Russell humuoured me by livening up this photo with a silly hat. Good on ya’ Brucie!
Request Sue – Sue loves music just as much as me.
Pete the Urban Maori with his dog.
With co-host on The Two, the dapper Tim Wilson.
With summer fill-in host on The Two, Mark Dye. Nice guns.
One of my favourite people, original co-host on The Two, Pam Corkery.
It’s Ron from Christchurch: the singing taxi-driver / Crocodile Hunter impersonator!
Adrienne from Nelson with the pizza Mark Dye sent her in the post – a little mouldy unfortunately.
Hans the Dutch Baker with motorbike and clogs.
Hans the Dutch Baker at work.
Co-Op Taxis Mikey – bit of a surprise eh!?

37 Comments Add yours

  1. marygeeNZ says:

    I am a regular listener and love seeing the photos of the 'regulars'

  2. Lorraine says:

    Nice to see photos of some of my favourite callers, and hosts.

  3. Dawn says:

    I go to bed every night with ZB talkback. Love to see who I am listening to. LOVE love the photo of Pam. Do miss her very much. Come back Pam PLEASE

  4. THE BAUS says:

    Bring back Pam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do it Tim! Just do it!!!!!!!!!! Timmmmmmmy do it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can't believe that I "know" all the callers tha you have listed. Obviously I listen too much! I am in the 5.0 % that didn't think Little Brucie would look like his photo. Ah well, happens some time.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I miss Pam as well

  7. Paix says:

    Great to see pics – but of 'Mikey"??? Please God NOOOOOOOO!! I turn off now when he comes on.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mikey is soooo gorgeous and a beuatiful person, he's unbelievable. Has visited us twice and he fits in as though we've known him forever.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Bring back Pam ,Louie

  9. Anonymous says:

    Love seeing the pictures of the regular callers. Also love the show. I vote for The Three!! I love TW love of conversation.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It's nice seeing all the photos of the regular callers.
    I had to laugh at that pizzia lol

  11. Anonymous says:

    Best pic here is of Pam and you, Tim. Maybe now the election is over you could persuade zb to get her back.

  12. Juanita says:

    Awesome to see these people so enjoy talkback would like the calender lol

  13. Anonymous says:

    Mikey does NOT look like his voice at all…lol…Jans the baker does. Loving seeing these keep em coming

    1. Anonymous says:

      I am sure that is not Mikey. Lets see a proper pic of Mikey.

    2. Anonymous says:

      I just DON'T believe that's Mikey, either……..come on, Mikey………… us what you REALLY look like! Always enjoy your calls 🙂

    3. Anonymous says:

      It's him. He's on facebook, Mikey Beban.

    4. It's Mikey! I have coffee with him every now and then! He is a beautiful person and so is his mother Marie in Scotland!!! Love them both!!! Trust me… IT'S THE REAL MIKEY!! 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:

    Bring back Pammy..

  15. Anonymous says:

    Tim you are the best Host ZB has!!!!! I hope they truly value you as much as we all do, and yes please bring back Pam you are wonderful together.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I couldn't agree more. Please bring back Pam. Best Two on air, EVER!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    that's not Mikey……………………………………..

  17. Anonymous says:

    I do not believe that is Mikey!!!
    That is NOT the Mikey I know!!!

    1. Trust me… it's Mikey! He even starred in a movie at the end of last year! Its Mikey!!! I'm great friends with him… its him!

    2. Lois Potaka says:

      Yep me too, I've met him xxx

  18. Anonymous says:

    I am surprised of all the people I listen too, their voices do not match their faces, its amazing when you listen to someone and imagine what they look like then see a pic and they don't look like how they sound, your voice Tim does not match your face, but a very pleasant face you have, luv listening to you.

  19. Anonymous says:

    DON'T bring back Pam! The recent partners have great senses of humour, speak well and are DECENT people.
    I reckon Mickey is having us on. I am astounded at your broad knowledge of music, Tim. Some really interesting background stories..

  20. Anonymous says:

    Pam thinks and speaks like many a "working girl', and no amount of her natural intelligence will upgrade the atmoshere she generates. Great friend no doubt but maybe write a book Pam. Love you best with Mark or as a lone host Tim, you are outstanding : )

  21. Anonymous says:

    Love your show Tim you never get ruffled with the callers – It is so nice to see the regulars – I am always looking forward to Bruce coming on with his wonderful tales.

  22. Thanks Tim for putting all these lovely pics up. I get so interested in seeing a pic to pin the voice to them! I would love to see Alan from Timaru! I see him as tall and skinny…. was I right? I loved seeing Brucie, Sue and Sue! 🙂 Thanks Tim again. Cheers, Nanster

  23. Oh I forgot! I miss Mark Dye… he's a good host too!

    Thank you so much, Tim for posting pics of the regulars. You know I'm a VERY regular listener and sometimes caller. 🙂 Its so nice knowing when a voice comes on air that we know what they look like now…. 🙂


  24. Desrae says:

    What was the name of an older man who did talk back radio he had lots of medical remedies and is he still alive?

    1. Lovetalkback says:

      His name is Ewing Stevens. I was a bridesmaid for my friend many moons ago and he was the officiating minister and yes as far as I know he is still with us

  25. Lois Hunter says:

    Didn't realise I could come and see everyone's faces on your page. Thanks for doing that for I also appreciate putting faces to names.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I love listening to Deano he's always so positive and has an interesting lifestyle and family I think I would like to have a partner that loved creating something from nothing like he does

  27. Ben Wheeler says:

    Calvin from the Tron should have a show of his own!

  28. Raewyn Mills says:

    Hi there to Bruce and Jim. I love both of you. Boy, sometimes you need a lot of patience with some people. It surprises me though that most of the callers are male, and some can’t string a sentence together, (just saying).That’s my only bugbearI really miss Brucie as he had such an interesting life. Wonderful to know all about his shop days. It reminded me of my childhood as there was a corner store in Masterton in Kuripuni which had everything in there. The owner was a man named Mr Murdoch. I’m pretty sure a lot of folk would remember him. I was only in primary school then, and we had to call him Mr Murdoch, so didn’t ever know his Christian name. He knew where every item was, was always smiling and passing time of day. He knew every customer by their name. Your never get that these days. Crikey, go to the warehouse and there’s not one person to help you with clothing or anything for that matter. Don’t like that, it’s so cold. You both doing a great job, and can’t help but say to you that I cannot for the life of me, get to sleep without having you both beside me just a little bit of fun ,but it’s true. If the wireless isn’t on, I lay there until the birds start singing, then curse them for keeping me awake. Keep up the great work and never retire, both of you. All the best for this Xmas if we ever end up being able to celebrate it. Raewyn mills. Your shows ROCK.

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