Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 11th, 2013
Radio Ponsonby is proud to bring you the strangest radio show in Auckland, perhaps the world.
David Farrier, Rhys Darby and Buttons bring you The Cryptid Factor, a radio show dedicated to the weird and the wonderful, and in particular, cryptozoology. That is correct, a two hour radio show around the search for hidden animals, who may, or may not exist.
Intelligent interviews, hilarious anecdotes, music and plenty of on air banter in a very loose format provides the listener with two hours of entertainment (and a little bit of scientific knowledge).
Expect plenty of references to the Mongolian Death Worm, Chupacabra, Bigfoot, Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster and the Fiordland moose. But also expect to learn a little more about the odd and the weird. Not limited to cryptozoology, sometimes they they are distracted by just plain old odd. Who can forget Farrier's interview with the man who had a sexual relationship with a dolphin?
The Cryptid Factor started on George FM in 2009, moved to BFM, has built a cult following internationally and now finds itself at home on Radio Ponsonby. The guys describe it as their passion project. Their families describe is as "encouraging bullshit".
Its hosts are Rhys Darby, comedian, actor and cryptozoology enthusiast.
Joining Rhys is David Farrier, respected television journalist and cryptozoology enthusiast. Arguably the most enthusiastic as he actually went to Mongolia to find the Mongolian Death Worm.
Lastly, Buttons, their best friend, and the only one of them that knows what all the buttons do in the studio. If anything goes wrong, it is probably his fault. He has four children, he more than anyone needs this.
Check the show out Thursdays from 6:00pm via the links on www.radioponsonby.co.nz, locally on 107.7FM, via smartphone on the TuneIn Radio app or in the flesh at our Ponsonby Central studio.
If I ever had the time in my busy Hollywood schedule to listen to radio, this would be the show I would listen to, it’s a show about mystery, adventure, monsters and bollocks. Two of New Zealand’s greatest minds combine to bring you two hours of ‘must watch’ radio. This radio show is about keeping alive the spirit from the golden age of mystery and adventure and gives the public a rare glimpse at my serious side as I discuss things like the migration patterns of Yeti – arguably the most important thing to hit New Zealand radio since Bad Jelly the Witch. And the opportunity to work with David Farrier is…something I have to put up with to do this show.Rys Darby
The Cryptid Factor is a show about cryptids – that is, animals unknown to science like the Yeti, Loch Ness monster and the Mongolian Death Worm. It’s an area of obsession for both Rhys and myself and we’re both mutually tickled we’ve met someone else who’s into it. And that a station like George will let us share it with New Zealand. So yeah, we’ll be chatting about the subject in amongst playing our favourite tunes.
There’s never been a radio show in New Zealand celebrating cryptozoology. This has always stunned me a bit, and when I found Rhys was equally passionate about the issue, planning a new show seemed pretty logical. Of course saying “planning” makes it sound really planned – all we’ve really done is given the show segments various names. We’re a particularly proud of a segment called ‘vocalisations’. This segment will be both sexy and chilling.
We’ll be breaking a few radio rules… we’re having a very visual section about cryptid art. The fact you can’t see pictures on the radio won’t be stopping us. As for music, well, Rhys has just this minute handed me his Daft Punk CD – what could go wrong?!?Rys Darby
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.