Life FM (New Zealand)

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Life FM
Broadcast area New Zealand
Branding Life fm
Slogan "Live it."
First air date 1997
Format Christian Rock/Pop/Hip-hop/Alternative music
Class Terrestrial/Internet
Owner Rhema Media
Webcast Listen Live

Life FM is a New Zealand Christian Rhema Media-owned radio network broadcasting popular contemporary Christian music across New Zealand and online with MMS. It was initially launched as a 50/50 Christian/secular alternative rock station in 1993. It was relaunched in 1997 after being moved to Auckland as an alternative 100% Christian network.


Life FM started 2pm 6 March 1993 on 99.3 FM in Christchurch to the sound of U2 "In The Name Of Love" as a station broadcasting a mix of Christian and secular music. However, the frequency was leased from More FM and the station was shut down on Friday, 11 July 1997, and was moved to Auckland.

Life FM was restarted in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty in 1997 as a 100% Christian network. Listener contributions from around the world make up about 70% of the network's budget. Since 2004, regular "Lifeathon" live radio events have raised a large proportion of this budget.

In 2010, the event's name was changed to the Life FM Support Drive.

In 2014, listeners donated over $247,000 during the Support Drive - the biggest total achieved to date.


Timeslot Programme Hosts Previous hosts
06:00-10:00 Weekdays The Morning Wake-Up Clint and Bjorn Mike O-B (2002-2003), Luke (2002), Pat Brittenden (2004-2005), Cat (2004), Di (2004-2006), Elmo (2005-2006), Burns (2006-2011), Bex (2007-2008)
10:00-14:00 Weekdays Daytime Holly Elmo (2002-2003), Luke (2003), Cat (2004), Di (2004-2008)
14:00-19:00 Weekdays Afternoons Asher Aaron (2002-2003), Luke (2002-2006), Burns (2006), Frank, (2006-2008), Di (2006-2008),
19:00-00:00 Mon - Thur Nights The Night Show George Tom (2002-2003), Frank (2003-2006), Jase (2006), Asher (2006-2008), Dan (2009-2012)
18:00-00:00 Friday Night The Weekend Night Show Dan
06:00-12:00 Saturdays The Best of the MWU Clint and Bjorn Burns, Frank Ritchie, Elmo
13:00-18:00 Saturdays Saturday Afternoon Asher Asher, Di
18:00:24:00 Saturdays Saturday Night Dan (with Life FM Remix) Tom, Frank , Jase
06:00-12:00 Sundays The River Automated
12:00-18:00 Sundays Sunday Afternoon Holly Burns, Elmo, Asher
21:00-23:00 Sundays The Forum George Frank


Life FM, like many other New Zealand radio networks, produces a programme for the Auckland market and networked programming for other markets simultaneously. The Auckland station, Life FM 99.8 FM, broadcasts traffic reports during peak periods.

In the North Island:

In the South Island:


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