Plains FM is Canterbury’s only community access radio station. We provide training and facilities to groups and individuals in Canterbury who wish to make their own radio programmes by, for and about their communities.
Plains FM, named after the Canterbury Plains on which we are situated, broadcasts over 60 regularly scheduled programmes in 13 different languages.
We specifically cater for under represented groups such as women, children and youth, ethnic groups and other minorities.
We broadcast from a transmitter at Sugarloaf over Christchurch, north to Cheviot, south to Ashburton, west to the Southern Alps, and into Lyttelton Harbour on Banks Peninsula. Since our birth in February 1988 our studios have been located on the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology campus.
When access programmes are not broadcasting, Plains FM specialises in a diverse ‘adult alternative’ playlist of jazz, blues, acoustic/singer/songwriter, alt-folk, soul and world music. New Zealand music content averages over 25% per month.
So welcome to our website!
We hope you’ll enjoy listening to the many voices of the Canterbury Plains.
- More new programmes!
March 31 2015
- 2015 NZ Radio Award Finalists from PlainsFM!
March 27 2015
- 25 years with NZ On Air and New Additions to Plains FM
March 17 2015
- Fun At Culture Galore
March 13 2015