NZ’s The Hits now in Kaikoura on 91.5FM

Staff Writer

New Zealand radio network The Hits is expanding into Kaikoura from Monday 29 May. It will be available to local listeners on 91.5FM.

A range of familiar voices will be heard throughout the day including Ali Pugh & Dave Fitzgerald at breakfast, Dave Nichols during the day, Stacey Morrison & Paul ‘Flynny’ Flynn in the afternoon and Estelle Clifford at night.

“We’re looking forward to extending The Hits into Kaikoura, especially Ali and Dave who are going from strength to strength, said NZME GM Christchurch Greg Cassidy.

“The new frequency will make for smooth road trips – listeners can tune in to The Hits as they drive up the South Island.”

Breakfast co-host Pugh is equally as buzzed about the opportunity of extending the network to the region, which was devastated by earthquakes in November last year.

“It’s a very special town that I’ve spent lots of time in … I’ve been blown away by the strength of the people. We’re excited to share the mornings with them!”

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26 May 2017 - 11:34 am

It’s so depressing to compare the wide range of commercial FM offerings in NZ to the very limited ones in Australia. Small towns in New Zealand have many MORE commercial FM stations than big cities in Australia like Brisbane. Brisbane has only 4 commercial FM stations for a city of 2.5 million! Something is very wrong here.

When was the last time a new FM station went to air anywhere in Australia, let alone in a capital city like Brisbane or Perth. Radio is suffering in this country because there just isn’t enough choice on FM. People are turning to streaming because of it.

27 May 2017 - 7:04 am

This news has got a press release?
Brilliant radio content and news happens in NZ radio all the time… yet this gets the exposure?

Further perspective for BC –
Kaikoura has an estimated permanent resident population of 2,080 (as of June 2016) decreasing from 3552 in 2006 census … and before last years devastating earthquake which has decreased it even more.

Already in this market there is 3 major commercial radio stations… now 4 with Hits, plus a maori station and a number of independents…

An interesting decision to but a very weak Hits Christchurch offering into this market with already a number Hot AC formats… it has no talk stations (Newstalk), even their number one brand – Coast is a better offering…
If they are going for some loose local touchpoint – maybe???

Kiwi Radio Fan
27 May 2017 - 7:47 am

Ummm, @BC, the majority of commercial FM services in New Zealand are networked from one of two broadcasters. There are very few independent broadcasters in any NZ market today.


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