New Plymouth Boys Dig Radio from Gully
School radio gets too close for comfort
A few teething problems have forced Taranaki's newest radio station to change
its frequency for broadcasting.
Gully FM, run by pupils at New Plymouth Boys' High School, went live to air last
week but found it was interrupting a nearby station that is forcing it to change channel.
In the Gully, New Plymouth Boys High School
© New Plymouth Boys High School
Gully FM mastermind and year 13 pupil Sam Adlam said a radio station near the school
was not picked up when the pupils chose their 88.0 FM frequency.
"We're getting splatters from 88.1 so it's causing a few technical issues that we can
only fix by changing our frequency. Hopefully it will be sorted in a few days."
The radio crew consists of four students at the moment but Sam said he was hoping to
recruit more enthusiasts to ensure the station continues in years to come.
"The idea of a radio station was being thrown around about three years ago in our media
studies class and last year we decided to put it into action" he said.
Sam said he enjoyed the technical side of radio and liked the idea of a career in it but
that he certainly was not a man of many words.
"I did some presenting on the first day and was stalling every three words. Joel is the
public relations man and jumps in when I stumble on what to say."
Joel Robertson is a year 10 pupil at the school and one of the original crew expected to
see the station through the next few years.
"We've had a lot of people say how great it is and once we get the frequency sorted and it's
solidly planted in the school we can think about what else we want to do with it," Joel said.
The school had been consulted on music preferences, and in the future the station hoped to
have live bands performing, he said.
Sam said the station crew saw the radio becoming a useful communication tool not only for
students but for their friends and family as well. .
"The students are the priority but it could be good to get school notices and information
out so other people in the community know what is going on at the school."
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© Taranaki Daily News August 15th, 2011.
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