Palmerston community radio station Radio Puketapu needs help
to stay on the airwaves.
The current economic situation had led to a decline in
advertising revenue, Radio Puketapu spokesman John Blair, of
Palmerston, said yesterday.
If income could not be increased, the outlook for the station
was not good, Mr Blair said.
When the volunteer-run radio station first went to air 15
years ago, an advertising income of $1000 a month was
sufficient to cover costs. Now $2000 a month was required
because costs had risen steeply, but advertising revenue had
dropped, he said.
A public meeting in Palmerston on Monday night attracted 15
people, but no new ideas had emerged.
Waihemo Community Board chairman Rod Philip said yesterday
businesses in the area should support Radio Puketapu. The
board could in some circumstances contribute to capital
costs, but could not contribute to running costs.
Mr Blair said more volunteer announcers and helpers for the
radio station shop would be welcome.