Life FM (New Zealand)
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Life FM is a contemporary Christian music youth-oriented radio network. According to Rhema Media, the station aims to play uplifting music, promote sound family values, discuss issues affecting young people, and encourage people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
A nationwide Colmar Brunton report commissioned by Rhema Broadcasting Group in 2010 claimed 69,000 people had made positive life choices as a result of listening to Life FM. According to the survey, 11,000 people had been inspired to stop self-harm and another 19,000 had reduced their use of drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography. The survey also found 5000 reduced their illegal drug consumption and 6000 reduced or stopped smoking or smoking. The research claimed Life FM had inspired 52,000 people to help those less fortunate, and had persuaded at least one person not to commit suicide.
Life FM started at 2.00pm 6 March 1993 on 99.3 FM in Christchurch to the sound of U2's 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. It restarted in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty in 1997 as a dedicated Christian music network.
The network draws 75% of its operating costs from listener donations, and uses an annual fundraising appeal event to cover most of those costs. however, the 2011 Christchurch earthquake occurred just two weeks before Life FM's fundraising event. The network chose to redirect the focus of its on-air campaign, encouraging people to donate towards church-led disaster relief, while allowing them to also make small donations to the station. Life FM programme director Asher Bastion was raised in Christchurch, but the station did not broadcast in the city itself.
The station's flagship breakfast programme, The Morning Wake-Up, is currently hosted by Bjorn Brickell. Dan Goodwin presents mornings, Holly Wiseman hosts early afternoons, Asher Bastion presents late afternoons, and Josh Coombridge hosts the night show. George Penk hosts the Sunday night talkback show The Forum, Jayraj presents the Underground show late on a Sunday night, and Jon Clist presents The Homegrown show which highlights local Kiwi Christian music. Previous hosts include Cat, Diane Campbell, Ken Green, Mike OB, Elmo, Luke Weston, Paul Burnett, Bex, Frank Richie, Tom, Dan and Jase.
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