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Free FM's content creators are real people, and not radio professionals. Together they keep the station on-air 24/7, supplemented with a great mix of carefully-selected content from our broadcast partners [including the BBC World Service] and morning news bulletins from RNZ National.

We are always interested in new content and invite interested individuals or groups to talk to us about their ideas for a radio show / podcast. We'll provide free training and support to help you find your voice in the media. 

As a Community Access media organisation, the kind of content we're most interested in reflects the values inherent in Section 36c of the Broadcasting Act (more on that on our About Us page), being 'by, for, and about' specific interests, points of view, or beliefs.

Our shows cover a diverse mix of health, community, music, youth, faith, and ethnic interests.

Interested? Here's how you get started.

If you've read this you probably have an idea for content, or have been approached by the station regarding the possibility. First things first...

  • Do you represent a community group who wish to have their message aired?
  • Are you interested in creating content relating to a specific cause or concern?

If the answer to either of these questions is "yes", then note down your ideas. The best model is to think about the content, what you would include, what you would exclude, who your intended audience is, how you can reach your intended audience, whether you see the show as a mix of music and talk, interviews, pre-recorded content from another source, or a mix of all of these. By writing down your ideas, you start to develop a programme framework.

To help with this process, you are welcome to use our Show Planning Template.
Then give us a call ...

Getting Started

Once you've completed your Show Planning Template, Free FM's Programme Director and/ or General Manager will be happy to meet with you to discuss the details of your content proposal. At this point we can provide excellent advice on the framework, and suggest alternative ways of presenting the show, and even offer to assist with show content. Contact us to arrange a time to meet with you.

While we do not dictate the content of your show, please remember that we need to ensure the appropriateness of the show concept, how it fits with the Community Access media framework, how it sits alongside other existing broadcast content, and whether we even have an available timeslot. We may need to approve the concept pending an available time. We podcast all content too. Ultimately, the station reserves the right to approve and reject all content.

OK, so my content idea has been approved - now what?

The Programme Director is responsible for scheduling the broadcast of all content, and will position it where it best fits within our on-air listening zones (Breakfast / Community / Drive / Ethnic / Music / Weekend). It may be that the content best fits at a time that isn't your preferred time. Or you may not be concerned about the broadcast time - just the podcast. That's totally fine. We have production studios which allows content creators to pre-record their material (rather than broadcast "live") so we can then schedule it to play automatically at the scheduled time.
Show duration likewise must fit our needs. Remember also that Free FM reserves the right to alter both positioning and duration, but we always do our best to position content that meet the aims of the station, and maximise the exposure of your content to its intended audience.

Of course you can't go on air unprepared, and we would never expect you to! Free FM has a studio set aside for training purposes. Any new content creator will be taken through a self-paced training plan, ensuring you are both competent and confident with the challenge ahead of you. Periodic refreshers are also available.

A vital source of revenue for Free FM is sponsorship of content. We offer a range of sponsorship options, but the normal sponsorship package would comprise of naming association with the show, periodic mentions of sponsors during the show, along with 30-second advertisements played adjacent to the content.
The station commits significant time to establishing sponsorships, but we do also rely on broadcasters seeking out potential sponsors. Should a new broadcaster arrive with a proposed sponsor, the station will take over negotiation of sponsorship packages and responsibilities.