CFM’s New Studio Build

Written by on November 8, 2018

CFM’s new studios, at 71a Cook Drive Whitianga, have been a labour of love for a handful of locals and a few other Kiwis who now call Mercury Bay their second home.

Built by the team from NZ company Southern Broadcast, who specialise in studio and transmission systems, there are two separate studios: one a full time on-air studio, and a second production/news preparation booth.

As you’ll see from the photos below, the original rooms had to be modified quite significantly to turn them into broadcast studios. The result is quite stunning, and we’re very proud of CFM’s new digs.

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For those who’d like to know some technical details about our studio installation, the studios include brand new analog audio Wheatstone mixing desks: an “Air4” in Studio 1 and an “Air1” in Studio 2.

The studios are also equipped with Electrovoice Microphones and NZ radio-software package “Station Playlist” for our “play-out” system (which plays all of the music and other program elements), which comes from a company right here on the North Island and is used by radio stations worldwide.

Although the studios themselves are analog, after the sound leaves the studio everything’s digital after that. If you’d like to know more about how our program gets from us to your radio you can read more about that here.


Reader's opinions
  1. Denis Moger   On   September 9, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Hi, I was looking for that Commodore 64 in your new studio pics, I guess it overheat from your station playlist? Or maybe it is used for games during your breaks huh? Whats with 4 microphones in a small studio with usually one operator at a time? I dont see the need for that many, but what do I know, lol. Your main outside photo of C95 seems to indicate a shop front, is that right? Regards, Denis

    • Kieron   On   November 19, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Hi Denis. We have 4 Mics as we wanted to be prepared for groups of people coming into the studio: as we’re in a smaller community than most bigger radio stations, we wanted to have the ability to do lots of local interviews. And yes our main studio is now in what was a shop/showroom area. Oh and we’ve upgraded from the Commodore 64 haha.

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