Radio Heritage Foundation
June 19 2012
RNZI Airs new Radio Heritage
Feature – Urban Pacific Radio
from Noumea, New Caledonia
Join us from Monday, June 25 2012 to explore the world of breakfast radio on several of the few local FM radio stations in Noumea on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International.
With a population of some 165,000, Noumea is one of the most European and largest urban areas in the Pacific islands.
This is not just the Pacific of golden beaches, swaying palm trees and the gentle roar of the distant surf. This is also high population density, traffic jams, shopping malls, and six radio stations competing for listeners in a tense political atmosphere.
You can listen directly via shortwave radio from RNZI in New Zealand, or audio on demand [for the following month] with full details of current broadcast frequencies [both DRM and analog] and times possible for your area as well as audio downloads at www.rnzi.com.
We’ll take you to the home of breakfast radio personalities Gege at Oceane FM, Robert Canal at Radio Rhythme Bleu, and JB at NRJ…. as well as introduce you to Radio Djiido, Nouvelle Caledonie Premiere and Radio O…. and tell you how you can join them all for breakfast!
New Caledonia has blocked the airwaves to new stations for many years, and of these six, two are owned by the French government, one is part of a French commercial network, one has close connections with another French network, and just one fully serves the local Kanak people.
Local listeners are denied the wide range of stations, formats and viewpoints found on the mainland, but this strange situation reflects local politics as New Caledonia struggles to find a way forward that satisfies those for and against independence from France.
Each of the stations featured has a well designed website, usually a good Facebook page, and wonderful coverage maps to download and print as souvenirs of your visit to Noumea, the Riviera of the South Pacific.
So join us from Monday, June 25 2012 as we enjoy breakfast with the radio DJ’s from Noumea, New Caledonia on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International [www.rnzi.com].
You can also use our Pacific Asian Listener and Pacific Traveller Radio Guides at our global website www.radioheritage.com. Use our Google Search to find more features about broadcasting in New Caledonia.