From David’s Desk: Issue 26

3 November 2011









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

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.

A complete list of current AM and FM radio services in Christchurch can be downloaded as a Word doco (or 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, 109 Buckley Road, Southgate, Wellington 6023, 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.

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, 109 Buckley Road, Southgate, Wellington 6023, New Zealand. Foreign currency checks welcome.


150 Sponsors Underwrite Operating Costs in 2011

Thanks for making this global radio heritage publishing project so popular again in 2010.

Street art captured from 3CR Melbourne – 35 years on the air in 2011

In January 2005, we went live with the vision to connect people, places, events and radio broadcasting heritage across the Pacific basin. We recorded 1,447 visits to the site that month, 3,198 page views and 16,436 hits.

In December 2010, we expect 28,000+ visits, 60,000 page views and over 291,000 hits and the site is 3,661,264 in global rankings, more popular than most radio networks and stations across the region.

There’s much more to be done. We have boxes of audio tapes to be sorted and digitized, thousands of photos to be scanned, over 100,000 cards, letters and other radio station memorabilia to catalog, scan and bring on line, thousands of radio station profiles to launch and so much more to protect.

Founder of Samoa’s Radio Polynesia network Rudolph Keil takes time out for an exclusive interview with us

Since 2005, our weekly operating costs of NZ$520 [US$385] have been fully subsidized by two board members and no wages have been paid. In 2011, we must move to a stronger financial footing to support our continued service.

We need 150 sponsors to each underwrite NZ$150 [US$100] in 2011 to cover 85% of our weekly operating costs. Will you help? New Zealand residents can claim a tax refund of $50 after April 1 2011.

Thanks in advance for your generous and practical help. We’ll continue to share our collections here online and always welcome ideas for new features, stories, radio station guides and other ways to connect popular culture, nostalgia and radio heritage across the Pacific.

Our annual financial report is available from the Charities Commission [link at bottom of every page]. We’ll gladly acknowledge your support online unless you wish otherwise.

Keith Richardson has donated his music and memorabilia collection to us.
2ZC Top 40 January 1961 – 50 years on

Warm wishes for 2011 and always take a radio with you!

David Ricquish
Chairman
on behalf of the Radio Heritage Foundation





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