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So you are a community station then? Yes we are, but we're more than that! We serve the community, we certainly represent the community, and we work hard to develop relationships with community groups, but Access stations do more than that.

What do you mean by “access” radio?
We are part of the Access radio sector, and a member of the twelve-station Association of Community Access Broadcasters (ACAB).
NZ on Air assists Access stations financially, with the expectation that we:
"- ensure that a range of broadcasts is available to provide for the interests of women, youth, children, persons with disabilities and minorities in the community, including ethnic minorities" (Section 36(c) of the Act).
In June 1989, the Minister of Broadcasting issued a Directive to NZ On Air that says that "it is part of the general policy of Government in relation to broadcasting that access radio services should be available for a broad range of non-profit community groups
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Plains FM’s strategic plan centres on this concept.

Who listens to Plains FM?
All sorts of people! We don't target any one group, or any one generation, but strive to provide a range of programmes of interest to everyone. If what you hear isn't to your taste, try tuning in later, or another day.

Why do you have such a mix of shows?
We call it 'eclectic and varied'! We take our aim of representing the entire community very seriously, and the result is a mix of shows that far exceeds commercial and most community radio stations.

Why do you have shows that I can’t understand?
Migrant communities are a significant part of the Canterbury community, making up 20% of the population in the region and are specifically named as a priority group for Access Radio representation. We continue to invite all migrant and new settler communities to have a go at making radio, and are constantly delighted at the fresh and exciting shows they bring to our airwaves. Some of our very best shows are presented by migrant groups. Have a listen, you might be surprised!

Why don’t you get some better DJs?
Everyone here is a trained volunteer, not a professional 'radio jock'. We represent everyone. Mistakes can get made, voices vary in their delivery, and often our presenters have English as a second (or third) language - that's the way Access Radio is, and we think this diversity is worth celebrating and representing!
In fact many of our presenters have been finalists or won NZ Radio Awards in the Access Radio categories since 1993.

What happened to my favourite show/presenter?
All shows are hosted by volunteers, and they come and go. People leave town, people choose to take a break, new groups need to be accommodated, so our programme schedule gets adjusted. You can keep up with the latest schedule here.

Who chooses the music?
The show hosts choose their own music, and the station programmers carefully and skillfully select the rest of the music that plays across the schedule between programmes. We don't focus on Top 40, and we're not a rock station. Like the programmes, the music is diverse and we're confident that true music lovers will love the sound. Of course we're happy to take feedback and we welcome music submissions to info@plainsfm.org.nz or PO Box 22297, Christchurch 8140.

Can I tune in online?
More and more people choose to listen to content via devices other than the radio. We offer a number of ways that you can tune in from anywhere at any time.
Live streaming is available via this site. simply click the Listen Live icon. This stream is in AAC+, and works brilliantly on computers and any other live stream receiving device.
Smart device users [any iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Google devices, etc] can use this stream in a number of ways. Visiting this site and clicking the Listen Live link will work, or you can find us in popular live streaming apps such as the popular TuneIn app.

What if I miss something great?
We replay a number of well-crafted programmes in various timeslots. Check out the current schedule.
Most of our shows are also available as podcasts so users can listen to them on demand, or download them for later listening. Follow the Podcasts link.
Our podcasts are also shared via iTunes.

Do you still have a question you would like answered? Please use our feedback form.