If you saw the Eating Media Lunch episode about Radio Chomsky or read a review of that station in the Listener a few weeks back then you may have glimpsed the tip of a new independent media iceberg. Already Matrix 107.5FM in Wellington and The Station 88.5FM in Hamilton are broadcasting a similar mix of alternative politics, a 4th station has just emerged in Palmerston North and another is on the way for Warkworth.
These stations are broadcasting on Low Power FM Licenses, which allow anyone with a low power transmitter to broadcast in the 'guard' bands at either end of the FM spectrum. Already in Central Auckland the guard bands are saturated with a mix of very unique stations but in most other parts of the country there is still plenty of capacity for more transmitters.
The network of Indy Stations are keen to hear from anyone else who wants to set up a similar station in their area, they say it is surprisingly easy to do and will offer technical advice and audio material to anyone who wishes to get in touch with them.
The programming consists of mostly overseas material sourced off the internet, with a small dash of local voices. The network hopes to increase the local content and is certainly an opportunity to nurture alternative voices. If you are keen to contribute in a weekly, or one-off capacity then once again the network is keen for you to contact them.
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