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1ZD Tauranga Celebrates Classic Hits

Classic Hits: Radio that won't fade out

Julia Proverbs - Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:49

Fifty years ago commercial radio came to Tauranga. Julia Proverbs looks at the evolution of Classic Hits - what has changed and what remains the same.

Classic Hits

Grayson Ottaway (left), Charlie Helliwell and Brian (BK) Kelly ensure music and mirth hit the airwaves at Classic Hits. Photo: Claire Fraser.

The reception area of The Radio Network in Tauranga is very 2011.

The scarlet rug echoes the red spiral logo on the wall and the black and white retro leather sofas with zebra print cushions look as if they were made exclusively for the derrieres of the rich and famous.

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Kids on the Ridge FM

Ridge kids rule radio airwaves

Anna Bowden - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:00

There's a new radio station in town. It's just for kids - and it's run by kids.

Ian Walker

Selwyn Ridge Primary technician Nadia Weightman, left, and DJ Brooke McDowall. Picture: Jimmy Joe

It's Kids on the Ridge FM.

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Musick Point Radio 500 AM

Are you reading me?

Kieran Nash - Saturday, March 27, 2010 6:01

Radio enthusiasts are breathing life into a dormant frequency at a Bucklands Beach station. Kieran Nash listens in.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker says reviving the old frequency is like climbing Mt Everest. Picture by Kellie Blizard.

In a beautiful art deco building overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, a group of amateur radio enthusiasts are reviving a radio frequency that harks back to the days of the Titanic.

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Gisborne's Switch 105.3 Goes Silent

‘Switch’ to be thrown after months of local programming

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - Kristine Walsh

THIRTEEN months almost to the day since it first went to air, the switch will be pulled on a radio station whose founder had hoped to fill a totally-local niche.

Drew Kirk, SwitchFM

OVER AND OUT: SwitchFM founder Drew Kirk (above) had "huge dreams" for totally local radio but, without advertising support, has had to pull the plug on his feldgling station. Picture by Paul Rickard

“It’s pretty gutting but the reality is that we didn’t get the support from businesses that we’d hoped for,” said SwitchFM operator Drew Kirk, who has sold his frequency to national broadcaster The Radio Network.

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New Stories of New Zealand Local Radio in our Kiwi Radio Campaign

Human FM Serves Coffee Hits

On air with coffee


You do not often hear of a radio station that is also a cafe, but Kelburn businesses Alcove Cafe and HumanFM have been brewing together for more than four years.

Human FM

On air: DJ Chris Salter, right, with radio guests, Lizzy Eden, left, and Laura Robinson.

You do not often hear of a radio station that is also a cafe, but Kelburn businesses Alcove Cafe and HumanFM have been brewing together for more than four years.

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88.1 FM Mangere Town Centre Live

Mangere views go on air

Dougie Te Moni

MANGERE LIVE: Dougie Te Moni is setting up a radio station for Mangere and is looking for local artists to supply music for it.
Photo: HANNAH JOHNSTON/Manukau Courier

It's time to wake up in your own neighbourhood, Mangere, with the first radio station exclusively about the suburb.

The radio station will hit the airwaves next month, broadcasting from the Mangere Community Development and Cultural Trust building in the town centre.

Dougie Te Moni is working alongside the trust to develop the station which will use FM frequency 88.1.

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Students GO FM in Titirangi

GO FM Logo

GO FM Logo
© Radio Heritage Foundation Digital Collection

Students airing their radio skills

A talented group of budding young DJs are living their dream by hosting a radio station.

GO FM, which features on 107.1FM from 3pm to 5pm every day, was started by Daniel and Matthew Tate and has a 10km radius from its studio at Lopdell House in Titirangi.

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Radio Woodville - The Voice of the Tararuas

Conor Bragg entertains Kaikoura

AT THE HELM: Volunteer Gayle Cresswell at work at Radio Woodville.
Photo: MURRAY WILSON/Manawatu Standard

The front door at Radio Woodville is often wide open, as it is today, and before you even make your way inside you can hear the music.

Two small weatherproof speakers sit atop the tiny station building on Woodville's main street, opposite the town's only money-machine, and the day The Tribune visited we entered to Peter, Paul and Mary's 1963 hit, Blowin' in the Wind.

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Retro-Heads Rock Kaikoura's Blue 100.3 FM

Blue 100.3 FM broadcast caravan

Blue 100.3 FM broadcast caravan
© Radio Heritage Foundation Digital Collection

Young DJ tunes in to 50s and 60s


Conor Bragg entertains Kaikoura

RETRO-HEAD: Conor Bragg entertains Kaikoura on the radio each week.
Photo: Emma Dangerfield

If you live in Kaikoura and shop in town on a Saturday you have more than likely come across this DJing duo blasting out across the airwaves on a Saturday.

Butch Bragg has been DJing on the town's radio station, 100.3 Blue FM since 1999, and his son Conor, eight, joined him a year ago to form the retro-heads partnership.

Playing each Saturday from around midday, the duo has attracted quite a following.

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The Gramophone Room, Palmerston North
A Music Oasis
One Decade of Non-Stop Music

Gramophone Room a music oasis


With a turn of the dial, Daphne Kyne's life changed for the better seven years ago.

She discovered Palmerston North's classical musical station The Gramophone Room, owned and operated by John Ward.

Studio at Dargaville Intermediate School

CLASSICAL HERITAGE: Daphne Kyne selects a recording of tragic opera Pia de' Tolomei from the extensive collection of The Gramophone Room radio station, run by John Ward. "It is just wonderful, it fulfils a need," Mrs Kyne said.
Photo: LEILANI HATCH/Tribune

When Mrs Kyne left war-damaged London in 1952 for a fresh start in New Zealand, she was expecting a few changes, but not a classical music "desert" with practically no classical music broadcast or performed.

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Solid FM 107.4 Dargaville Intermediate School

Pupils air their ideas on radio


"Good morning Dargaville. This is SOLID FM 107.4 broadcasting from Dargaville Intermediate School."

For two years the students have been spreading their voices like this over the airwaves on what is thought to be one of only two school radio stations in Northland.

Studio at Dargaville Intermediate School

ON THE AIR: From left: Bailey Welsh, Nikau Newman and Maryanne Hodgson at work in the studio at Dargaville Intermediate School.

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Enjoy Three New LLARS Stories
2XL Cooma - 4GY Gympie - 2WL Wollongong

We are please to present three new features in our Long Lost Australian Radio Stars series:

Original 2XL Cooma logo

Original 2XL Cooma logo on 1947 listener card
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

2XL Cooma
'The Voice of the Southern Tablelands'

2XL has progressed a long way since the second Great War started when it was operated largely by a part time staff. The station is owned by Cooma Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. with the following staff...

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Original 4GY logo and letterhead from 1945

Original 4GY logo and letterhead from 1945
©Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

Gympie Broadcasting Co. Ltd

4GY is one of Australia’s newest broadcasting stations. It was officially opened on November 3, 1941 - three weeks before the outbreak of the Pacific War, and was therefore available to serve the local community at a time when it was most needed...

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Radio 2WL The South Coast Station
Radio 2WL
The South Coast Station

Radio 2WL celebrates its fifteenth anniversary “on the air” in July of this year, 1946. Those fifteen years have seen the birth and growth of a new metropolis, Port Kembla, to-day the third largest investment centre in N.S.W. With it has grown 2WL, now at the height of its persuasiveness and prestige. Behind this statement is a story, for naturally there is a reason for the uninterrupted growth of 2WL...

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Broadcasting Station 2GN Goulburn

Station 2GN commenced operation on 25th January, 1932, and transmits on a wave-length of 216 Metres (1390 K/C’s.). Programmes include most of the best Metropolitan shows, either on relay or on disc, and the Station gives an uninterrupted trouble-free service to listeners in Goulburn and District. Station 2GN takes an active part in local civic affairs, and covers all important items of local appeal.


Back — Left to Right: Graham Stone, Evening Announcer; John Baden Powell, Breakfast Session Announcer and Salesman; A. S. Cochrane, Sunday Evening and Children’s Session Announcer.
Front :— Miss Val Wray, Senior Stenographer and Clerk; Miss Enid Jones, Announcer, Women’s Sessions; F. R. Pearce, Manager; Miss Gwen Wheatley, Announcer, Radio Matinee and Programme Arranger; Miss J. McCabe, Typist.

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2DU Dubbo
The Western Station

2DU Dubbo, "The Western Station," operating on 455 metres (Frequency 660 Kc.) and with an aerial power of 200 Watts, commenced transmission on July 3rd, 1936.

Hours of transmission are Mondays to Fridays: 6.45 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5.30 - 10 p.m. Saturdays: 6.45 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sundays: 7.45 a.m. - 3 p.m., 4.30 - 10 p.m. It is hoped shortly to extend the hours to 6.45 a.m. to 10.15 p.m. each day.

The station is owned, controlled and operated by Western Broadcasters Pty. Ltd., with directors W. T. Grant and E. N. Williams.

2DU Dubbo issued this confirmation of reception in 1945

2DU Dubbo issued this confirmation of reception in 1945
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

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Victorian Broadcasting Network
3TR Gippsland

3TR Sale Early Station Logo 1934

3TR Sale Early Station Logo 1934
© Eric Shackle Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

A unit of the Victorian Broadcasting Network and of the Macquarie Network, 3TR Gippsland is included in most of their extensive major features. Excellent programmes are thereby assured and that is one reason why 3TR is widely listened to. Its transmitter is favourably situated and it covers the whole of eastern Victoria.

The modern studios of 3TR are well equipped and its transmitter is of the latest approved type with a vertical radiator and an elaborate earth system.

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Victorian Broadcasting Network
3SH Northern Victoria

At Swan Hill, on the River Murray, is 3SH Northern Victoria, serving the progressive towns of Swan Hill and Kerang and reaching out to the surrounding rich River Murray settlements, the Mallee and across the river into the western Riverina.

3SH Swan Hill Letterhead 1944

3SH Swan Hill Letterhead 1944
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

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Victorian Broadcasting Network
3HA Covers Western Victoria

Because of its favourable geographical situation and its modern vertical steel radiator standing 250 feet in height on top of Mount Bainbridge, five miles from Hamilton, which is 1,140 feet above sea level, 3HA covers all western Victoria, the Wimmera and the south east of South Australia.

3HA Listener Card 1944

3HA Listener Card 1944
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

It is a unit of the Victorian Broadcasting Network (“The Age” Broadcasting Service) and the Macquarie Network which means that it is included in the most important network features whereby its programmes are among the best in Australia.

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Tongan Radio on Auckland Airwaves

Tonga on the airwaves

Esther Lauaki, East And Bays Courier

Tama Ohi FM station manager Keith Moala

MAKING WAVES: Tama Ohi FM station manager Keith Moala is keen to reach out to youth and people living with disabilities through a new radio station in Panmure.

Keith Moala has experienced extraordinary success and travelled the world to learn from experts in his field.

But he says the one thing missing was "being able to work with my own people".

The former telecommunications engineer has now found what he was craving as a presenter for a small Tongan radio station based in a vacant Panmure shopping complex.

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European Mediumwave & Longwave Radio History

Radio History

The ultimate site in radio history!

We're delighted to add this introductory feature on European Mediumwave & Longwave Radio History to our online resources.

E.I.A.R Statzione Di Bari studio building 1934

E.I.A.R Statzione Di Bari studio building 1934
© Eric Shackle Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

Originally prepared by Herman Boel in Flanders [Belgium] over the past decade, this feature introduces you to a variety of great moments in European broadcasting history, and includes many audio samples and images.

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Radio Ngakuta Bay

Ngakuta Bay hits airwaves

Tania Butterfield, Marlborough Express

Foss Leach of Radio Ngakuta Bay 88.4FM

Foss Leach has launched Radio Ngakuta Bay 88.4FM as a way of familiarising residents with the local band they should tune into if there is a civil defence emergency.

Ngakuta Bay has its own radio station, thanks to local resident and amateur radio enthusiast Foss Leach who launched Radio Ngakuta Bay 88.4FM as a way of familiarising residents with the local band they should tune into if there is a civil defence emergency.

The radio band which transmits to Ngakuta Bay and Grove Arm homes was used to relay civil defence information, although it had not been needed yet, Mr Leach said.

"If a civil emergency does happen, people would probably forget the station so I thought why not make it a regular broadcast then people would know exactly what station to tune into," he said.

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Papua New Guinea Radio is so much more

David Ricquish

One of the most fascinating countries for international shortwave radio listeners continues to be Papua New Guinea... a large archipelago of islands to the immediate north of Australia... mainly because it has some twenty locally operating shortwave radio stations... and also because they seem to operate in a kind of information black hole.

NBC Milne Bay

Radio Milne Bay, Alotau team members Daniel George and Mayambo Peipul © NBC

Hello, I’m David Ricquish in the Wellington studios of Radio New Zealand International, and today we’re going to attempt to shed some light on today’s broadcasting scene in Papua New Guinea. It’s much more than shortwave radio...

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7AD & 7BU
Northern Tasmania


Covering all the North West of Tasmania, these two popular stations operate under one management. They provide a continuous day-time, and a dual night-time transmission.

The principal towns served are Deloraine, Latrobe, Devonport, Ulverstone, Penguin, Burnie, Wynyard, Smithton and Stanley. Primary producers in the adjacent country are specially catered for, and the control of primary produce delivery is part of these stations’ activities.

Several important factories operate in the district served including the Ovaltine Factory, Pulp and Paper Mills, Canning Factories, Dehydration Plants, Foundries and Railway workshops.

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Advertiser Broadcasting Network

5AD Kangaroo Club

In its fourteen years of existence, the 5AD Kangaroo Club has enrolled 65,000 young members (‘KANGAS’) from all over Australia. Through its efforts on behalf of charitable organisations over £30,000 has been raised. Much of this was received during frequent concert tours in country districts, and in every case, the money was given to institutions in the locality.

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"The Voice of the South Burnett"

Station 4SB is controlled by the South Burnett Broadcasting Co. Ltd. The studio is in Alfred Street, Kingaroy.

4SB broadcasting studio

4SB broadcasting studio, Alfred Street, Kingaroy

Hours of Broadcasting: Monday to Saturday 6 am, to 11 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.. Wave-length: 283 metres.

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'The Voice of the Central West'

The vast area of Queensland, extending between Quilpie and Normanton and from Springsure to Camooweal is covered by the Central Queensland station, 4LG, which radiates a programme from Longreach, the geographical centre of the State. The towns of Blackall, Barcaldine, Windorah, Winton, Aramac, Tambo, Richmond, Hughenden, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa, Burketown, Charters Towers, Clermont and Jundah are all in the 4LG range.

4LG letterhead

4LG letterhead
© Cleve Costello Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

This huge coverage may at first seem impossible, but the acid test of its accuracy lies in the fact that businesses from each of these centres, as well as from many smaller ones, use 4LG as a medium for their programmes. Listener mail from these places pours into 4LG in a regular stream. The great coverage of this 500 watt station is made possible by the favourable ground formation of the area, together with the fact that the nearest broadcasting station is over 300 miles away.

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Swiss Mixx 106.9 Covers Coastal Wanganui

Teen announces arrival with bedroom radio station

John Maslin, Wanganui Chronicle

You would have to say Jayden Barrie has a passion for radio.

There's no denying his keenness to make it on the airwaves because the Wanganui teenager has just launched his own station.

Swiss Mixx 106.9FM broadcasts from the Barrie home in Gonville and, while non-commercial at this stage, it is set up to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jayden Barrie broadcasting from his bedroom in Gonville

ON AIR: Jayden Barrie broadcasting from his bedroom in Gonville.

As well as help from family and friends, it has cost the Cullinane College student $2000 of his own money to buy the a transmitter and mixer, while his mum Frances' boss chipped in with an old but workable computer.

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Mamaku School 88.4FM Radio

Mamaku pupils launch radio station

Cherie Taylor, Rotorua Daily Post

Budding young radio announcers are making themselves heard on the airwaves in Mamaku.

The rural area's school has launched a new radio station, Mamaku 88.4FM, which is run by Year 5 and 6 students, providing a live show from 9am to 3pm daily with pre-recorded items running through the night.

Mamaku 88.4FM Radio DJs Elaine Henneveld and Shannon McCormick

Mamaku 88.4FM Radio DJs Elaine Henneveld and Shannon McCormick
Photo: Stephen Parker

Mamaku School student radio DJ Elaine Henneveld, 10, said the station was awesome.

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BOLT 88.3 FM Bedroom Radio

BOLT from bedroom out to conquer airwaves

Ellen Irvine, Bay of Plenty Times

Jake Townsend has a voice for radio and he's only 14.

The Mount Maunganui College schoolboy started his own radio station, BOLT FM this year.

Jake Townsend and Hayden Gies at Bolt FM

Jake Townsend and Hayden Gies at Bolt FM
Photo: Joel Ford

And while most children will spend the school holidays relaxing with their mates, Jake and his friend Hayden Gies, 13, are looking forward to two weeks of filling the Papamoa airwaves.

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Fevah FM is Hot in Hamilton

The voice of the people

Waikato Times

A gymnasium in a suburban Hamilton shopping centre is not the sort of place you expect to find a low-power FM broadcasting strictly electronic dance music.

Fevah FM logo

Fevah FM logo © Fevah FM.
Radio Heritage Foundation Digital Collection

But in a couple of offices at Flagstaff's TLC Gym is Fevah FM, the brainchild of hard dance fan Mandy Seuss-Ryan, who along with husband Bradley Ryan stumped up with $25,000 to launch the broadcaster last year. The station's name is taken from the dance music industry firm that holds a 25 per cent share in the company running the broadcaster, which beams out across Hamilton on the 88.3FM frequency.

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TAS 88.1 FM Taihape Area School Radio

School newsletter hits the airwaves

Central District Times
TAS 88.1 FM

BROADCASTING: The production team, from left, Max Fage, Nathan Chaney, Beau Walker, drian Stratton, Emma McCaughan, Nicola-Mary Geraghty, and Shayleigh Horton.

Taihape Area School radio station 88.1FM has added to its programming by broadcasting the school's weekly newsletter at 2pm and 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

The teacher responsible for the radio station, Harry Nichol, said the programme is being created and produced by a team of students from year 9 and 10. On Wednesday mornings, team members take their microphones and interview newsletter contributors, such as teachers, students and support staff.

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Hollah FM Fills Porirua Airwaves

Homegrown Porirua radio station comes of age

Esther Lauaki, Kapi-Mana News

Porirua's Hollah FM has found a new home at Whitireia New Zealand's local campus, providing an outlet for practical radio experience for budding broadcasters.

Hollah FM logo

Hollah FM logo © Hollah FM 2010.
Radio Heritage Foundation Digital Collection

Station co-founder La'i Lepou said the Hollah team wanted to leave a legacy in their community.

"We take a lot of students in from all over Porirua and they all love it, which is awesome," she said.

"Our dream for Hollah is to have the radio station grow and not have us be there forever but pass our knowledge on to people."

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Ifinity FM 87.7 Invercargill

Radio station set up in garage

Cassandra Pokoney, Southland Times

Greg Selman, Peter Holmes and Richard Scott of Ifinity FM, Invercargill

Greg Selman, Peter Holmes and Richard Scott of Ifinity FM, Invercargill
Photo: John Hawkins

A new radio station celebrating youth culture is hitting the airwaves in Invercargill.

Ifinity FM broadcasts on 87.7FM and will play a variety of music genres targeting youth audiences.

Station co-owner Greg Selman said the idea for the station arose after he returned to Invercargill from Hamilton, where he had been running a radio station, and noticed a gap in the southern market.

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Botany 107.1 FM The Summer Sound All Year Round

Botany FM makes a connection

Nicola Williams, Eastern Courier

A uniquely Botany sound is taking to the airwaves.

Botany FM (107.1) is the only radio station to operate out of a shopping centre in Australasia, owner John Lehmann says.

Rhys Tau and John Lehmann at Botany FM

Rhys Tau and John Lehmann at Botany FM.
©Nicola Williams

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The Yak - Alive & Kicking

The Yak - Alive & Kicking

Daniel Holland, Waikato Times

The Yak logo

The Yak 107.1 logo
©The Yak 2011.
Radio Heritage Foundation Digital Collection

Anyone tuning into Wintec's student radio station Max FM this morning might have heard something a little bit different.

The station is relaunching itself as The Yak FM 107.1 today with a new musical lineup.

The student radio station is moving away from its previous focus on rock and is now broadening its range of music.
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