Frequency changes in FM tidy up
A Tokoroa radio station changes frequency today – just one of more than 250 frequency changes required throughout the country.
The change to the Classic Hits frequency is among 254 required before April 2011 when the new 20-year licence management rights commence.
From today the Classic Hits frequency will have moved from 96.4FM to 97.3FM.
‘‘It is important for listeners to re-tune their radios so they can continue to receive Classic Hits loud and clear,’’ Tokoroa Radio Network general manager Jenny Shattock said. ‘‘We have a freephone listeners can call if they encounter any reception issues as a result of the changes – it’s 0508 CHANGE or 0508 242643’’.
The radio industry in New Zealand has launched a website for listeners to search for their area frequencies and also find what frequencies in their vicinity are changing. The site is: www.frequencyfinder.co.nz.
The Ministry of Economic Development has worked with broadcasters to clean up the entire FM band for New Zealand as part of the process of moving to the new rights.
‘‘All licence holders are encouraged to move as soon as possible to avoid chaos in early 2011 – that’s why TRN is making the changes in Tokoroa now’’, Tokoroa Radio Network’s frequency engineering project manager Peter Casey said.