Flava, the number one rated station in Rotorua, will change frequency The Radio Network announced today. On Thursday November 19th Flava will move to 89.5FM from 89.6.
In a similar move Classic Hits southern repeater frequency, broadly covering Reparoa and area, changes to 90.8 FM from 90.9 on Wednesday November 18th.
“While both changes are slight, it is important for listeners to correctly retune their radios to ensure they can continue receive both stations loud and clear”, says Aaron Gillions TRN’s General Manager Rotorua.
“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”.
TRN has almost 50 changes to make out of a total of 254 frequency changes required throughout New Zealand before April 2011, when the new twenty year licence management rights commence.
The Ministry of Economic Development on behalf of the Crown 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.
“In theory all frequencies could change at midnight 2 April 2011. However, in practice there is insufficient technical resource to do this. All licence holders are being encouraged to move as soon as possible to avoid chaos in early 2011, that’s why TRN is making the changes in Rotorua now”, says Peter Casey TRN’s frequency engineering project manager.
Commercial broadcasters (including TRN) are renewing all Commercial Radio Broadcasting licences for a total cost of $96M for another 20 years to 2031.