It is the only station in Christchurch that plays vinyl LPs and 45s, along with 78 rpm recordings and CDs. It is a rare resource for any person or group interested in learning more about New Zealand’s music history and seeing an earlier radio station at work, one based on an era when the AM band was the only frequency of radio in New Zealand.
The station broadcasts each weekend from Friday 8am untill Monday midnight, with live announcing Saturday and Sunday. The studio is open for public viewing on weekends between 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. It is run entirely byvolunteers who have a genuine interest in broadcasting good listening music. Tours can be arranged outside weekend hours upon request from interested groups.
Tourists and locals alike enjoy viewing the radio studios, the announcers on air, the vinyl record library (which contains over 120,000 records) and the Museum of Sound and Radio, which houses the world-class Dini Collection of early music players and gramophones .
The unique quality of Radio Ferrymead lies in its accessibility to its audience and the Canterbury community.