Port FM

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Port FM is a local radio station based in Timaru, New Zealand broadcasting throughout South Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country. It also operates as a network with sister-stations in Ashburton and Oamaru (see below) known as 'Port FM Local'.

Port FM is one of a few independent radio stations not controlled by The Radio Network or RadioWorks. It does however have close ties with the RadioWorks group, from which it sources its news bulletins from Radio Live and also provides advertising sales and services to other RadioWorks stations in the region (The Edge, The Rock & The Sound) and are operated locally by Port FM under a franchise arrangement with RadioWorks.

Port FM's music genre is contemporary rock and pop, normally from the 1990s onwards, however with some 1970s and 1980s music thrown into the mix. The main (Timaru based) station is used as a network feed for Port FM Local in Ashburton and Oamaru during nights and times during the weekend. Port FM is privately owned by businessman and radio entrepreneur Brent Birchfield. Subscribers to Vodafone New Zealand can hear Port FM on channel 424.

Port FM Music Network Lineup[edit]

Station Lineup
Name Time slot Description
Breakfast Monday - Friday 6am - 10am The Regions Big Breakfast With OJ
Daytime Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm
Mid Canterbury Daytime Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm Bex (Ashburton and Mid Canterbury Only)
Drive Monday - Friday 3pm - 7pm James Valentine
Night Monday - Friday 7pm - 12am Keepin It Kiwi 7-9PM Rock Music 9PM-12AM
Saturday Breakfast Saturdays 6am - 10am
Saturday Daytime Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Saturday Afternoons Saturdays 12pm - 6pm Retro Pop Reunion with Joe Cortez (Syndicated From The US)
Saturday Night Saturday 6pm - 2am Automated Party Mix
Sunday Breakfast Sundays 7am - 10am James Valentine
Sunday Daytime Sundays 10am - 2pm
Sunday Afternoons Sundays 2pm - 6pm Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 (Syndicated From The US)
Sunday Nights Sundays 6pm - midnight Automated Music Mix

Overnight (between 12am-6am) the station is automated.


Locality Frequency
South Canterbury 97.9 MHz FM
Timaru (city) 93.1 MHz FM
Waimate 93.1 MHz FM
Fairlie 95 MHz FM
Twizel 93.4 MHz FM
Omarama 91.2 MHz FM
Otematata 92.7 MHz FM
Ashburton (as Port FM Local) 94.9 MHz FM/98.9 MHz FM/106.1 MHz FM
Oamaru (as Port FM Local) 100 MHz FM

Local variations[edit]

Port FM Local is the name given to Port FM's stations in Ashburton and Oamaru. They were originally known as Fox FM (Ashburton) and Whitestone 100FM (Oamaru), broadcasting locally during the day and at nights relaying the Port FM feed programme from Timaru. In 2006 the stations were renamed 'Port FM Local'.

Fox FM (Ashburton)[edit]

Fox FM was Port FM's local radio station in Ashburton. The station hit the airwaves in the mid-1990s, broadcasting on 94.9FM and 98.9 FM. In mid-2006 it was rebranded as 'Mid Canterbury's Port FM Local'. Some local broadcasts from Ashburton remain. In mid-2010, the station regained its local breakfast show, which was first hosted by Dave Nicholas then by Bex Carr. The local breakfast show was dropped at the end of 2013 but host Bex Carr continues on the station with a local Mid Canterbury 10 - 2 pm show.

Whitestone FM (Oamaru)[edit]

Whitestone 100 FM was Port FM's local radio station in Oamaru broadcasting on 100FM and 96FM. It began broadcasting in 1994. In 2002 the station ended with 100FM relaunched as Waitaki's Solid Gold 100 FM, broadcasting a local breakfast and the Solid Gold network during the day, while 96FM broadcast The Edge network. 100FM has since been relaunched as 'Waitaki's Port FM Local' carrying local and Port FM Timaru programming. In Mid 2010 the local 10am-2pm show was axed to make way for a local North Otago breakfast show to return for the first time in almost 10 years. The local show in Oamaru and the Waitaki valley was hosted by Anton Roswell, who replaced Marc Cookson however the show was axed again in 2012 with no local shows remaining.

RadioWorks Stations[edit]

The following stations and are operated locally by Port FM under a franchise arrangement with RadioWorks.

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