Bye Bye BOP FM

Uncertain future for Bay radio station

Michele McPherson

Jarra Borman, owner and managing director of Bop FM. Photo – Mark Mckeown.

The future of local radio station Bop FM is uncertain and management is refusing to comment on whether the station is closing down.

After repeated calls to the radio station, management has refused to comment on the future of the business, after local hosts vanished from the airwaves on Tuesday.

Today music is playing and advertisements continue to run.

When the Bay of Plenty Times checked the Bop FM Facebook page earlier today, the radio station had posted the following message:

“Theres a few rumors around at the moment, Bop FM is facing an uncertain future & we expect to make an announcement in the next 24hours. To all the listeners, clients & supporters – thank you for everything!”

When the Bay of Plenty Times spoke to owner and managing director Jarra Borman on Wednesday, he said he could not comment on whether the radio station was going to close.

“At the moment I can’t say anything,” he said.

“There’s a few things that are happening and until these things are resolved, I’m not able to say anything.”

Mr Borman said the station would “definitely not” shut down in the coming days.

The station launched in June 2009 and now broadcasts across the Bay of Plenty, from Whakatane to Tairua.

Bop FM has a target audience of 20-39 year olds and plays top 40 music with a dance skew, including reggae, dub, punk and ska, with more dance music in the evenings.

© Bay of Plenty Times January 27th, 2011.

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