|Broadcast area||New Zealand|
|Frequency||Auckland 96.6 FM
Freeview: Channel 70
|First air date||1998|
George FM is an Auckland dance music radio station, owned and operated by MediaWorks from Ponsonby Road headquarters and relayed on Freeview and radio frequencies around New Zealand. Its seventy-five regular presenters and additional guest presenters host the station's twenty four hour mix of house, breaks, drum and bass, dubstep, electro, soul, downbeat, jazz, funk, indie electronica, hip-hop and other dance and electronica music.
The network was set up as a volunteer-run low power station based in a Grey Lynn spare bedroom in 1998. It became a commercial station with paid staff by 2003, began to be relayed to other centres in subsequent years, became a Freeview station on 1 May 2008 and was bought out by MediaWorks on 16 February 2009. It continues to retain a laid-back style: news is limited to informal Auckland news, weather, traffic and surf reports hourly during breakfast and drive shows and the choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts.
The Morning Grumble is hosted by station co-founder Thane Kirby and Kara Rickard. It was previously hosted by Nick Dwyer and Dean Campbell between 2009 and 2013, and by Clarke Gayford and Aroha Harawira in 2014. Kimbra has guest-hosted the programme on a number of occasions.
In 2003, New Zealand artists were invited to cover popular George FM tunes in a regular Friday feature called 'Damn! I Wish I Was Your Cover'. The cover was recorded to be played on-air with an accompanying music video. The segment featured Ruby Frost covering Disclosure's White Noise, Tahuna Breaks covering Daft Punk's Get Lucky, Anna Coddington covering Major Lazer's Get Free, Six60 covering Rudimental's Feel The Love, Tali covering Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools, and Lips covering Kavinsky's Nightcall.
The Grind is currently hosted by Aroha 10am - 3pm. Former hosts include station music director Dean Campbell, with Key To The Groove with Bevan Keys airing on Friday mornings. The George Selectah afternoon programme was hosted by Australian-born DJ Dan Aux and the Shapeshifter Selectah with Sambora and P Diggs airs on Fridays. Dan Aux moved to Drive 3pm - 6pm in 2015, replacing a previous 2009 to 2014 drive programme with Thane Kirby and Kara Rickard. Sam Hill co-hosts the Friday drive show.
George FM broadcasts a network programme on two full-power FM radio stations.
George FM operates low-power relay radio stations around the country.
- Freeview Channel 70 (Satellite only)
- More than 100,000 Freeview boxes sold
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- "Video: Kimbra Co-hosts George FM Breakfast". George FM. Retrieved 2014.
- "George FM Freestyle - PNC, Scribe, David Dallas". P Money. Retrieved 2014.
- 'White Noise'
- Get Lucky
- Get Free
- Feel The Love
- Swimming Pools