Access Radio hits 40 and launches a book

Posted Tuesday 11 May 2021

Access Radio hits 40 and launches a book

Access media throughout Aotearoa are celebrating a milestone - turning 40 and launching a book about their history.

The grassroots network of 12 NZ On Air-funded community access radio stations has evolved over four decades years into an alliance of broadcasters that transmit daily in more than 49 languages, and publish a massively diverse array of podcasts online accessible to all.

Known now as CAMA – Community Access Media Alliance – the network brings together communities, allowing volunteers to create their own radio shows and podcasts ‘by, for and about’ their diverse communities.

Celebrating the milestone warranted a book. Sharing the mic – the history of community access radio in Aotearoa New Zealand was researched and co-written by Brian Pauling and WIFT NZ member Bronwyn Beatty of the NZ Broadcasting School/Ara in Christchurch. The book chronicles the people and stories that have shaped community access media.

Image supplied. Dr Brian Pauling, Min. Faafoi and Dr Bronwyn Beatty

Click here for the Aotearoa Books website where you can buy a copy of Sharing The Mic