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This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Cootie Cuties with their track ‘Johnny’ Formed in the depths of Mount Roskill, three punk rock mums (Shannon, Kelsie and Annie) had a dream. To make super rad pop-punk with a message. A few additions (Paddy and Alex from the surf-punk band, JANG) and they were ready to […]

Nestled on the sun-drenched side of Lyttelton Harbour, Orton Bradley Park plays home to the Banks Peninsula Festival on Saturday 20th February. A vibrant showcase of music, food, beverage and culture from around the region and beyond. Take a walk on the wild side at the Banks Peninsula Festival! We caught up with Festival Director, […]

Nacoa is the host of Friday Drive, 4 – 6pm, every week on RDU 98.5FM. This Friday, Nacoa celebrates 300 shows as the host of Friday Drive! What better way to celebrate than interviewing the man himself. Behind the Airwaves in a blog series where we get to know our much loved RDU 98.5FM show […]

The quarantines were lifted (mostly), the clouds had cleared (mostly) and Christchurch, home of some of the most underrated local groups in the entire country, was (mostly) ready to get back out there and party. All that time spent cowering in fear, curled up in a COVID-stress ball and becoming a bit too familiar with […]

From bell-bottom jeans to stick-on stars, There’s A Tuesday is the perfect blend of alternative indie and the new age sleepy sounds of Sleeping At Last. The Christchurch band kicked off the first leg of their first headline tour on Friday 11th December at Blue Smoke on a small stage decorated with art decals designed […]

The RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards is an awards programme that champions and gives recognition to our local broadcasters and musicians from Ōtautahi.  At the 2020 RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards held on Saturday 5th December at the Wunderbar Lyttleton where the winners were crowned for the Decknology, Round Up and Strange Attractor Awards The […]

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Pretty Dumb with their track ‘Lasso’ Pretty Dumb is a wannabe grunge band from Christchurch. Their music brings together catchy pop melodies, screaming and heavy distortion. Having just released their ep DIRTS, originally intended to be a bunch of demos, they are set to record their debut […]

Each morning of December, Ben & Josh have counted RDU 98.5FM listeners down with their own personal top tracks of 2020. Check out Ben’s Advent Calendar picks for the year. Twenty Nineteen Eighteen Seventeen Sixteen Fifteen Fourteen Thirteen Twelve Eleven Ten Nine Eight Seven Six Five Four Three Two …One

The RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards is an awards programme that champions and gives recognition to our local broadcasters and musicians from Ōtautahi.  At the 2020 RDU 98.5FM Magnets Radio Awards held on Saturday 5th December at the Wunderbar Lyttleton where the winners were crowned for the Decknology, Round Up and Strange Attractor Awards The […]

This week’s Te Ahi Top 10 winner was Thomas Isbister with his track ‘Helicopter’ The song was born from stumbling across a couple of new ways to play a C#7 chord on the guitar.  Thomas Isbister took out the Te Ahi Top 10 this week with his tune Helicopter, a track off his album #4. […]


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