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MAC Radio goes live to community

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02 July 2024, 5:04 PM

MAC Radio goes live to communityToby Mills (left) and Harrison Eastwood.

Te Kura o Tititea Mount Aspiring College’s student-led radio station MAC Radio will go live to the community this Friday (July 5). 

Co head of learning area for the arts Mat Doyle said MAC Radio provided a platform for students to showcase their music, engage in creative broadcasting, and develop media production skills. 

“MAC Radio is a great way for our students to learn about audio engineering, public speaking, content creation, and media management, while also fostering a sense of community,” he said.


“The school radio station was set up by former MAC teacher Warren Judkins and has been revived after a period of inactivity following his departure. Year 11 student Toby Mills has been leading the revival, supported by a crew of senior music students who are helping to create content.” 

Mat said the students are involved in every aspect of production, from planning and recording to editing and broadcasting, and the school encourages any students who are interested in different roles (such as hosts, DJs, reporters, technicians, and producers) to get involved.

MAC Radio host and organiser Toby Mills said he loved being able to talk to people and hear their stories and music. 

“It’s really fun to be able to choose the music people hear and to be the person asking the questions. While the radio content is mainly related to music, we are aiming to get more well-known names to talk to us and share their stories,” he said.

“MAC Radio is 24/7 fun and relatable radio. It has no ads and it's a great way for bands at our school to get their music heard and to help the wider community learn more about all that MAC has to offer.” 

Year 12 student Harrison Eastwood said he was enjoying finding out how radio works. 

“It's really interesting to understand the software and hardware that goes into producing radio content,” he said. 

“I also enjoy creating jingles and little skits to entertain our listeners, and I love meeting new people and finding out more about their lives and how they like to lead them. I would like to deliver enjoyable content for the whole region to love, including a plethora of different genres and musical experiences for everyone to enjoy.”


MAC Radio broadcasts a variety of content including student-produced music, live music events, recordings of public performances, interviews with students, staff and community members, MAC news updates, sports results, daily notices and other educational content.


Listeners can tune in to MAC Radio via: or traditional radio on frequency 88 FM (subject to change).


MAC has invited people to contribute ideas, recordings, or feedback to help MAC Radio to grow and improve. For submissions and inquiries, please contact the college at [email protected].

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