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Radio NZ International Future Special Program

Radio New Zealand International
60th Anniversary 1948-2008
RNZI Special Mailbox Documentary
airs on September 29
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Listen to Mailbox on RNZI on Monday, September 29 as David Ricquish of the Radio Heritage Foundation hosts a very special documentary taking a look at the future of RNZI shortwave radio services to the Pacific.

The documentary is the third in a series being broadcast this month to celebrate 60 years of shortwave broadcasts to Australia and the Pacific since September 27, 1948.

In this 40 minute program, you’ll hear how RNZI has moved over the years to become the Voice of the Pacific, increasingly reflecting the voices and cultures of the islands from French Polynesia in the east across to Papua New Guinea in the west.

During this time, partnerships with the growing number of local radio stations in the region who carry RNZI’s flagship news and current affairs programs have also expanded.

You’ll hear more about this growth in Pacific news and current affairs programs, technical assistance for local stations and expanded coverage since the new digital [DRM] transmitter came into service, and how partnerships with Radio Australia, the BBC and a global monitoring network continually extend the reach of the station.

The future? Expect the role of RNZI as a crisis broadcaster at times of natural disaster such as cyclones to strengthen and for new technology to deliver RNZI program content to even more Pacific audiences.

You’ll also hear about plans for new very high powered transmitters and greater flexibility to offer more program options and broadcast languages, as well as potential for local FM outlets in major urban areas across the region.

The full 40 minute version of this special Mailbox program is aired on Monday, September 29, followed later in the day by a 19 minute shortened part one version. The next day, there are repeats of part one, and of the additional 19 minute shortened part two version.

Visit www.rnzi.com for shortwave frequencies and times and to download audio on demand options for these three different versions available from September 29. Remember New Zealand moves its clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings time on September 28 2008.

The full version is also likely to be broadcast on the domestic service of RNZ National on AM and FM nationwide and streaming at www.rnz.co.nz on Saturday, September 27.

Listeners who send written reception reports to RNZI from September 27 can also receive a special souvenir 60th anniversary QSL postcard to confirm their reception. Details for sending written reception reports are at www.rnzi.com.

As well, you can still download and hear the two earlier Mailbox documentaries from September 1 and 15 that cover the early days of shortwave radio from New Zealand as well as the unique voices of the station since 1948. These are also at www.rnzi.com.

At www.radioheritage.net, look for ‘Radio New Zealand Signs On’ celebrating the first broadcasts on September 27, 1948.

For more information about early radio broadcasting in the Pacific, featuring exclusive stories, images and memories including the popular ‘Art of Radio Hawaii’ online art exhibition, visit www.radioheritage.net today.

Full searchable lists of todays AM and shortwave stations across the entire Pacific region are also available free online at the PAL Radio Guides, and an FM guide is currently in preparation.

The Radio Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization registered with the Charities Commission in New Zealand and connects the heritage of radio broadcasting and popular culture across the Pacific. www.radioheritage.net

Radio New Zealand International is the award winning shortwave broadcaster serving the Pacific from Wellington since 1948.