HISTORY OF ‘U’ 1984
Written by Admin on 11 November 2014
In 1984 the application was again filed to enable Radio U to broadcast for a total of 25 weeks between 20 February 1984 and 12 August 1984.
Proposed staff listed in this application was:
Paul Claxton – second year science student and proposed station manger
Andrew Glennie – acting president Radio U Society, proposed technical director
Phillip Cheyne – treasurer Radio U Society and proposed financial director
Jan Phelong – training actor, proposed announcer
Nicola Fife – second year arts student, announcer during 1983 and proposed news editor
Bill Simon – second year arts student, proposed announcer and information officer
The application indicated (as had previous ones) that other staff and positions may be appointed throughout the year.
In the application, the writers refer to a Tribunal issued “FM report” saying at paragraph 4.4 “the Tribunal previously recognised the validity of modern “alternative” music in paragraph 4.18 of its FM report. Such music is deemed by the commercial stations to be financially non viable and features very little in Radio New Zealand’s non commercial service. Student radio is ideally placed to be able to provide an outlet for such music. In addition, other forms of “Minority Music” would be featured including Jazz, Reggae and Blues. It is hoped that such a service would be able to cater for both the novice seeking exposure to more diverse forms of music and to the enthusiast seeking more substantial coverage of his or her favoured music style”.
The applicants further went on to say:
“The Broadcasting industry has frequently voiced its concern about the lack of staff training facilities and programmes in this country. Student radio is acknowledged as being one further element that is available.”
“Students do not always enjoy the best of reputations in the wider community but we believe that Student Radio provides the chance of students to be seen in a more responsible and favourable light by others.”
They said that Television New Zealand had again indicated their willingness to allow Radio With Pictures to be simulcasted suggesting that this in fact took place in 1983.
In relation to news, the application states that Radio U “was allowed access to Radio Avon’s News Service in 1983. The arrangement entered into allowed for Radio Avon’s news to be taped by Radio U and re-written. Items were then supplemented with Student News to form regular bulletins.”
As to funding the proposed station in 1984 would be supported solely by advertising. Estimated expenditure was set at $4,900 being administration $1,100, technical $2,000, publicity $1,000, insurance $400 and royalties $400.
The application records that the station had revenue of $8084 in 1982 and approximately $10,000 in 1983. They estimated revenue for 1984 would be $11,000.
On 31 January 1984 the Broadcasting Tribunal approved the application granting Radio U the right to broadcast for seven 28 day periods between 20 February and 12 August 1984.
The conditions of the authorisation included a provision that an audited statement of receipts and expenditure needed to be provided to the Registrar of the Broadcasting Tribunal within four months of the completion of the broadcast. Advertising was limited to a maximum of four minutes per hour excluding Sundays and public holidays. The non membership in any association or organisation of broadcasting stations was continued.