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Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Classic Gold Radio New Brighton 102.1 FM

Classic Gold Radio New Brighton 102.1 FM live and local on the air from New Brighton and covering the eastern suburbs 24/7 with essential local news and information, welfare programs and wonderful music.

On air from Monday March 14 on 102.1 MHz FM, and streaming online at http://stream.classicgold.co.nz:8010

The station has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RadioNewBrighton

The Radio Heritage Foundation holds the commercial licences for this station, operating from Central New Brighton School with 30 watts on 102.1 FM. Coverage extends in a radius of 5-7km from the school. Programming on the station is supplied by Classic Gold Radio. The licences end June 9 2011.

Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Radio Services Status #4

Access to check the status of CBD radio studios of many Christchurch radio broadcasters is gradually taking place 17 days after the devasting earthquake hit this New Zealand city of 350,000.

Radio New Zealand, The Radio Network and Radioworks all have studios within this zone and engineers are still working through some city buildings to determine whether they are safe for temporary or permanent access and use. Considerable damage to some buildings housing the studios is likely.

NewstalkZB has been carrying its news coverage across 1017,1098 and 1503 AM and 106.5 AM [replacing Hauraki Amp'd]. Their main mast at Orohuia has reportedly sunk in the ground from liquifaction. Another Newstalk ZB frequency audible in western parts of the city is 873AM from Ashburton, 50 miles south.

Other Auckland based network programs heard on Christchurch area transmitters include Niu FM [Pacific Island languages], and those of RBG Rhema Broadcasting Group.

RDU 98.5 has returned to the air from temporary studios whilst Tahu 90.5 now refers to Christchurch as Quake City and has been heard carrying Maori language iwi network programs. Pulzar 105.7 FM which lost its studios in the September 2010 earthquake is broadcasting automated music programs.

Local community access Plains FM has studios at the Christchurch Polytech campus in the CBD and this zone will be opened up for access on Monday March 14. It continues using its transmitter to broadcast the BBC World Service from London as an emergency measure.

Radio Ferrymead 1413AM returns again for the period March 11-14 with automated programs and reduced live broadcasts on March 12-13. Volcano Radio 88.5 in Lyttelton continues amazing service to the shattered port area with music and local community and emergency announcements.

Destroyed or damaged local LPFM stations now include One-Eyed FM [Aranui], Beachbreak FM [South New Brighton] and The Wave [Sumner] whilst Burwood Community Radio near badly damaged QEII Park is reportedly silent but may be able to return on air shortly. Power supply is fragile. LPFM stations in Redwood, Bishopdale, Wigram, Kaiapoi, and Akaroa are all operating.

The Radio Heritage Foundation, in association with Classic Gold Radio Winton, is finalizing plans to bring a fully equipped mobile radio studio to broadcast directly from New Brighton in the coming days. Live and local broadcasts to the worst hit suburbs start on March 14. Donations of funds to cover operational costs are urgently needed at www.radioheritage.com.

Power Hits Radio 87.8 in St Albans and Akaroa FM [both Christchurch City] have been carrying earthquake coverage from the emergency nationwide local network anchored by Classic Gold Radio Winton, near Invercargill, in association with The Flea in Auckland and Splash FM on Waiheke Island.

The full network taking this feed is Classic Gold Radio [Winton], Classic Gold Radio [Invercargill], Radio Cromwell, Radio Mosgiel [Dunedin], Radio Twizel, Power Hits Radio [Christchurch], Akaroa FM [Christchurch], Hutt FM 106.1 [Wellington], Rag FM [Raglan], The Flea 88.2 Devonport/107 Takapuna [Auckland] and six hours daily streaming via the Mader Radio Network [USA].

Compass FM 104.9 FM in Rangiora has now started broadcasting on full power with a strong signal into the city carrying North Canterbury earthquake relief information, messages and music. Their signal reaches from Hanmer Springs in the north to Ashburton in the south.

Radio New Zealand Sound Archives are located in the off-limits Radio NZ studio building and operations are currently suspended. The audio and other heritage collections housed there are understood to have survived with relatively minor damage.

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

A devastating earthquake hit Christchurch [New Zealand] on February 22 2011. Radio services to the metropolitan area have been disrupted with many studios damaged and inaccessible.
image of postcard Helping Rebuild Christchurch

A complete list of current AM and FM radio services in Christchurch can be downloaded here as a Word doco (or here as a PDF file) plus notes about their current status

Good news... we have had the original 3ZB studio building inspected and it has had no damage. It was built to withstand machinegun attack and close aerial bombing and has survived the killer earthquake unscathed. This will make a great home for housing 3ZB memorabilia and a permanent local LPFM community radio station to serve in the months and years of rebuilding Christchurch that lie ahead.......

Helping Rebuild Christchurch.. Please Donate Now





NZ residents can make a direct bank credit to 03-1790-0106663-00 code RNBFM and email us their name and address so we can issue a tax receipt. Cheques can be mailed to Radio Heritage Foundation, PO Box 20024, Newtown, Wellington 6242, New Zealand. Foreign currency checks welcome.

In addition, a media release about the status of local Low Power FM radio services, particularly in the badly hit eastern suburbs gives more information about these neighborhood stations.

A copy of the media release is available and also from our media release page.

We had just launched our Helping Rebuild Christchurch project centered on restoration of the original 3ZB transmitter and studio building in New Brighton plus setting up a local LPFM radio station in the building for local community programs.

We are more determined than ever to proceed with this project which will give the eastern suburbs a local radio station for emergencies such as this recent earthquake and showcase the story of 3ZB, which served the city with news and welfare programs during WWII from this site.

Please donate to support this project and others forming part of the Kiwi Radio Campaign and our ongoing operational costs to make this project happen. Thank you for helping rebuild Christchurch.
image of postcard Helping Rebuild Christchurch





NZ residents can make a direct bank credit to 03-1790-0106663-00 code RNBFM and email us their name and address so we can issue a tax receipt. Cheques can be mailed to Radio Heritage Foundation, PO Box 20024, Newtown, Wellington 6242, New Zealand. Foreign currency checks welcome.

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