RDU-FM

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RDU 98.5FM
Broadcast area Christchurch New Zealand
Branding RDU 98.5FM
Slogan "Kill Your Television"
Frequency 98.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1976
Format Student Radio Alternative
Owner b.net
Website http://www.rdu.org.nz/

RDU 98.5FM is a student radio station operating from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. It broadcasts on a frequency of 98.5 MHz, and is a member of the b.net group of stations, all of which are run from New Zealand University campuses.

RDU began in 1976 on 1413kHz which is now occupied by Radio Ferrymead.

Wammo and Spanky became an infamous duo on the RDU Mornings show, most notably coaxing Don Brash into answering inappropriate love letters live on-air, and upsetting listeners by playing distasteful games poking fun at cancer victims. Sadly Wammo was scouted by Kiwi FM and was replaced by Kate Gorgeous, who hosted the show for a year till the end of 2007. After much searching for a new host, Spanky has returned to host the show solo under the new show title Breakfast with Spanky.

Many of the shows on RDU have been on air for years, hosted by some of Christchurch's finest talent. Girl School, The Mixtape Sessions, The Joint, Guitar Media, Dollar Mix, Hauswerk and Vintage Cuts are all popular long running shows that are regular each week.

Since late 2006 RDU online streaming has been operating reliably, enabling the stations unique sound to now reach a global audience.

In 2007, the University of Canterbury Students' Association controversially agreed to sub-licence the RDU frequency to a newly formed company, RDU98.5FM Ltd and students against the sale selectively leaked information to the Press stating the station was sold for the price of $1. Actually the stations assets including broadcast equipment and transmitters were sold at market (book) value, a market level rental agreed for the space occupied and an annual licence fee agreed.

Various arrangements were debated over the preceding three years following the previous limited liability company (controlled by minority shareholders) trading insolvently which forced UCSA to inject funds and restructure the organisation.


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