George FM

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George FM
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Broadcast area New Zealand New Zealand
Frequency Auckland 96.6 FM
FM: Various
Freeview: Channel 70
First air date 1998
Format Dance radio
Webcast Live Stream

George FM is an Auckland dance music radio station, owned and operated by MediaWorks from Ponsonby Road headquarters and relayed on Freeview[1] 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.

Programmes[edit]

George Breakfast[edit]

George Breakfast is hosted by Clarke Gayford and Aroha Harawira.

Regular Friday feature 'Damn! I Wish I Was Your Cover' invites Kiwi artists to cover top George FM hits. The cover is then recorded to be played on-air with an accompanying music video. The segment has featured Ruby Frost covering Disclosure's White Noise,[2] Tahuna Breaks covering Daft Punk's Get Lucky,[3] Anna Coddington covering Major Lazer's Get Free,[4] Six60 covering Rudimental's Feel The Love,[5] Tali covering Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools,[6] and Lips covering Kavinsky's Nightcall.[7]

George Mornings[edit]

George Mornings are currently hosted by station music director Dean Campbell. Key To The Groove with Bevan Keys airs on Friday mornings.

George Selectah[edit]

The George Selectah afternoon programme is hosted by Australian-born DJ Dan Aux. The Shapeshifter Selectah with Sambora and P Diggs airs on Fridays.

George Drive[edit]

George Drive is hosted by station co-founder Thane Kirby and newsreader Kara Rickard. Friday Drive with Sam Hill & Thane Kirby airs on Fridays.

Night shows[edit]

Day Time Programme Genre
01. Monday 18:00 People of Paris with Steve Marc From Paris Multi-genre
01. Monday 20:00 Labour of Love with Ben Walker Multi-genre, trap music, drum and base
01. Monday 22:00 Urbanology with Substance Hip-hop
02. Tuesday 18:00 Sniffers Multi-genre
02. Tuesday 20:00 Nuff Said... with Tommy Flowers House, techno, bass
02. Tuesday 22:00 The Black Club Multi-genre
03. Wednesday 18:00 Signature Sounds with Tim Richards & Mark Emerson House, electronic
03. Wednesday 20:00 The Beat Mafia with Phillip Haeder & Reuben Rivers-Smith Electronic
03. Wednesday 22:00 Umami Radio with DJ iWan Multi-genre
04. Thursday 18:00 Big Bad Heavy Radio with Bulletproof & Dutty Ranks Bass
04. Thursday 20:00 Silk Cuts in Session with Sean Lyons & Jason Howson UK garage
04. Thursday 22:00 Olly Thomas Dance
05. Friday 18:00 OurHouse with Tim Phin, Jarrod Philips and Rich Carey Dance-pop
05. Friday 20:00 Knight Rider with Grant Marshall dance
05. Friday 22:00 All Gone Pete Tong Acid house, electronic

Weekend shows[edit]

Day Time Programme Genre
06. Saturday 10:00 Morning Sickness with Tali Dance-pop
06. Saturday 12:00 Key to the Grove
06. Saturday 14:00 The Saucer with Sam E
06. Saturday 16:00 The Uptown Boogie with Sambro & T-Rice
06. Saturday 18:00 Young & The Restless Radio with JERM
06. Saturday 22:00 The Hype with DJ Lucas
07. Sunday 10:00 Ear Shot with Cian
07. Sunday 12:00 Logg Cabin Radio with Slave
07. Sunday 14:00 The Sweet Mix Kids
07. Sunday 16:00 Chocolate Sundae with Gene Rivers
07. Sunday 18:00 Bahaco with Bobbito Brazuka
07. Sunday 20:00 The Greatest Show on Earth with Geezer Guy
07. Sunday 22:00 The Melting Pot with G-Rex and Slueth

Frequencies[edit]

Full Power[edit]

Low-Power[edit]

Television broadcast[edit]

  • Freeview on Channel 70 (Satellite only)

References[edit]

  1. ^ More than 100,000 Freeview boxes sold! | Freeview | News | Throng
  2. ^ 'White Noise'
  3. ^ Get Lucky
  4. ^ Get Free
  5. ^ Feel The Love
  6. ^ Swimming Pools
  7. ^ Nightcall

Coordinates: 36°51′22″S 174°44′49″E / 36.856036°S 174.746869°E / -36.856036; 174.746869