About the Station

Base FM – 100% DJ’s Choice

When Base FM began broadcasting in May 2004 on low power FM frequency, the aim was to bring underground music to Auckland’s inner city fringe suburbs.

In May 2008 Base FM became completely independent from any network or other radio station, and within 6 months had launched nationwide on Freeview Channel 71,  an amazing opportunity that allowed the station to engage with a much larger audience. While Freeview offers exceptional HD sound quality at home, Base FM also recognized the importance of mobile technology. Online streaming and their own Base FM mobile app have made the station accessible worldwide to anyone with a smartphone or internet connection. Base FM anywhere, anytime – without ever having to sacrifice it’s sound or it’s format.

Going digital means equal rights for us broadcasters. It’s not about being part of a big network with great financial backing, it’s about having the same reach geographically and allowing people to decide what they want to listen to rather than being limited to what they can get,” says Jazz, Base FM Managing Director.

Today, Base FM is still 100% DJ’s choice and strongly believes in it’s No Playlist and No Commercial Bullshit policy.

With 56 weekly shows and over 80 DJs on the roster, Base FM has always been about the people behind the turntables: a passionate community who use this unique platform to express themselves and pass on their musical knowledge. There is no set playlist, instead giving the DJs 100% control over what is played on the station. This freedom ensures the music selections are always fresh and dynamic and not controlled by major labels but personal taste. That station and its DJs have supported underground music for 13 years now and continue to push the best in local and international reggae, dancehall, dubstep, d&b, experimental electronic beats, hip-hop, boogie, jazz, funk, and soul.

New Zealand On Air Music Features:

Turn It Up is a feature on Base FM where we showcase a new track from Aotearoa every week. Tune in weekdays at 10am and 4pm to hear this weeks top local pick.

Local Eyes is a weekly segment on Base FM focusing on showcasing the best New Zealand Music videos.

Talking Points is an album review and conversational segment with a featured New Zealand artist, focusing on a current New Zealand release.

Indigenous Dubs is a one hour mix every Friday afternoon 2-3pm. Exclusive, high-end local produce that’s tapped directly from the beautiful shores of Aotearoa.

Native Tongues is a one hour show every Monday 3-4pm. Dedicated to uncovering the freshest in underground music from Aotearoa. From bedroom producers who are just starting out through to artists with multiple releases on international labels, this showcases the true sound of the underground.

In The Neighbourhood is our Thursday Breakfast Show 7.30-10am, dedicated to honour our talented brothers & sisters, 100% NZ music.

Portland Live Sessions is a monthly feature, brings you an exclusive live Q+A, as well as special live performances with NZ artists at the iconic Portland Public House, Kingsland.

Base FM is about the people behind the turntables and connecting with those on the other end of the broadcast. Not only can you listen to us on the airwaves on 107.3 FM and 106.7 FM. We are also broadcasting loud on proud on the internet, on Freeview Channel 71 and via the Tune In app.

Base FM has just turned 13 years old and we’re still the station that rules the nation!

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