In a new section that explores the media consumption habits of reasonably well-known New Zealand humans, Guy Williams, regular 7 Days panelist, co-host of The Edge Drive Show and serial offender on Jono and Ben at Ten, explains his fondness for podcasts, social media, sport and big natural boobs.
What media do you wake up to?
nzherald.co.nz, unfortunately, then I skim stuff.co.nz because it would be too easy just to crush my head in a toilet. After 30 seconds on those sites I check Twitter as a reward for suffering through the death of journalism.
What TV shows are you watching at the moment? And how are you watching them?
I watch 3 News on TV while I’m at work. I watch NBA through the NBA Game Time app paid subscription. The only show I watch on the couch is Graham Norton on Friday nights with my mum before 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten comes on. I watch any show that is tweetable so I normally tune in to major sporting events like The X Factor and the final episode of The Block.
What music are you listening to at the moment? And how are you listening to it?
Besides The Edge, I’m getting into to '80s power ballads (Boston, Giant, Def Leppard) through Spotify. And Taylor Swift’s new album purchased on iTunes and played through Spotify because it’s not directly on Spotify.
What are you reading at the moment? And how are you reading it?
I’m reading Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please, but I tell people I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell, which sits next to my bed untouched. I struggle to see the point of reading on an iPad until I can figure out how to steal e-books for free.
Do you use social media?
I’ve done over 8,000 tweets (that equals a girlfriend right?). I’m kidding, I have a girlfriend and she hates Twitter. I have Instagram because I wrongly predicted that was “the next big thing” and I avoid Facebook even though it’s probably the only one worth talking about because everyone’s on it, but the people who are on it come across as the worst people in the world.
What’s your favourite website?
What a ludicrous question! My most visited sites are Twitter, NBA.com, Reddit and a comedy industry blog called Splitsider.com.
What’s your favourite magazine?
I don’t think they make those anymore. I guess the only sustainable model is if you’re providing local content that isn’t already available on the internet, so if they still printed them I would choose The Listener and Metro.
What’s your favourite app?
Besides Spotify and Twitter, I like Evernote, which is a note taker. Locally the Air New Zealand app is really good and makes me feel like a high flyer.
What’s your guilty media pleasure?
Bignaturals.com [if you're not familiar with the site, we recommend saving your click for after work, if you know what we mean, and we think you do] and Reddit, which is like the internet on crack.
What media do you go to sleep with?
Bignaturals.com. I’m joking. I either read a book or if I’m struggling to relax I’ll listen to a podcast on a very low level. I listen to a ton of podcasts, a medium I feel like was overlooked in this segment. ‘Stuff you should know’, ‘WTF’, ‘Comedy Bang Bang’ and the ESPN ones ‘PTI’, ‘The BS Report’ and ‘Jalen And Jacoby’. I’m amazed that podcasts aren’t used by advertisers in New Zealand yet. Obviously at the moment there’s no way of getting New Zealand ads onto the big foreign podcasts that are popular here, but my radio station produces probably five podcasts a day and I can’t believe no one has tried to get on one yet (nudge nudge, wink wink, talk to your MediaWorks rep). Surely they’re going cheap?
- This story originally appeared in the January/February edition of NZ Marketing