ISSN: 14764504
First published in 2003
2 issues per volume
Volume 15 Issue 2
Cover Date: October 2017
The ‘best kept secret’: The (re)articulation of Plains FM 96.9 and community radio in New Zealand
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Authors:  Bronwyn Beatty 
DOI: 10.1386/rjao.15.2.155_1

articulation theory,Canterbury Earthquakes,community radio,New Zealand,Plains FM,The ‘Big Listen’

New Zealand’s community radio, known as access radio, is in the enviable position of being legislated for and part-funded by the government since 1989. The sector not only ‘won’ the right to exist relatively soon after its grassroots beginnings, but it was specifically identified as a primary means of meeting the communicative needs of New Zealand’s minorities. Nevertheless, access radio faces a number of ongoing challenges: there is a general lack of awareness that the radio form exists; there is limited understanding in the community of what access radio is; and sustainable funding. Through the lens of articulation theory, this article reflects on how these issues impact on Plains FM 96.9, one access radio station based in the South Island’s major city, Christchurch. In particular, the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes and the 2016 promotional campaign The ‘Big Listen’ serve as focal points for considering the influence of and response to operating at the margins of the mediascape.
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