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Make a Programme

We believe in everyone’s right to have a voice in the media. Plains FM's volunteer broadcasters are everyday people living in Canterbury, and not radio professionals. Together with the paid staff they keep the Station on-air 24/7, supplemented with a mix of carefully-selected music and various programmes sourced from around the world to complement our schedule.

We are always interested in introducing new Access radio shows to our schedule, and invite interested individuals or groups to talk to us about their ideas for a radio show.

As a community Access radio station, the kind of shows we're most interested in are those that reflect the values inherent in Section 36c of the Broadcasting Act being 'by, for, and about' a specific interest, point of view, or belief.

This includes programmes by, for and about:

  • Women
  • Children & Youth
  • People with disabilities
  • Minorities, including ethnic minorities

Our shows cover a diverse mix of health, community, music, youth, faith and ethnic interests.
Many not-for-profit groups and organisations are under-represented in the mainstream media and use Plains FM to get their message across in their own way and language of choice.

Interested? Here's how you get started…

If you've read this you probably have an idea for a show, or have been approached by the Station regarding the possibility. First things first...

  • Do you represent a community group who wish to have their message aired?
  • Are you interested in presenting a show relating to a specific cause or concern or musical interest?

If the answer to either of these questions is "yes", then note down your ideas. The best model is to think about the content, what you would include, what you would exclude, whether you see the show as a mix of music and talk, interviews, pre-recorded content from another source, or a mix of all of these. By writing down your ideas, you start to develop a programme framework.

To help with this process, you are welcome to fill in our Airtime Application Form.
Then give us a call...


Once you have your programme ideas in place we ask you to fill out an Airtime Application form with the help of our Community Development Coordinator so we can determine the airtime rate we will charge per programme.

We keep our costs as low as possible so it is feasible for community groups to broadcast.
Airtime costs start at $16.00 plus GST per 25 minute programme and can be covered by sponsorship/advertising.
Airtime rates can vary depending on the type of programme, who it is for, if you belong to a non-profit organisation, or if you are applying as an individual.

Get Started

Want to make a radio show? Have a look at

Making A Programme


Airtime Application Form

Then get in touch with us to get going. 03 365 7997 154 Madras Street (on ARA campus)
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