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East FM is a community radio station broadcasting on 88.1fm in and around Howick, and on 107.1fm in Botany/FlatBush areas.

Prior to becoming East FM, we were known throughout the community as Howick Village Radio (HVR). HVR provided a solid foundation for a new station to grow from, and in 2015 became a core part of the newly formed Howick Radio Charitable Trust, and East FM was born.

We started transmitting our test signal as HVR from our central Howick studio on Waitangi day 2008 and began our first official broadcast in June the same year. Howick Village Radio was set up with the intention of offering a vehicle for local businesses to reach the local community, and to provide a service that both entertains and informs residents in the wider Howick district.

Since our humble beginnings, we now have a volunteer staff of around thirty, covering a range of ages. Many of our younger DJs use their time at East FM to gain experience in the broadcasting field in conjunction with their tertiary studies, while others use it as a taste tester for potential career options prior to leaving secondary school.

We cater to many different genres of music from jazz to heavy metal and everything in between.

Local news and sport, community notices, and localised weather are all important parts of the daily East FM schedule. Non-profit Community groups are encouraged to use our services to promote their special events and are invited to talk about their event live on air with a DJ.

Many dignitaries have visited our studio, including:

  1. Sir Peter Leitch - the "Mad Butcher"
  2. Phil Goff - Mayor of Auckland and former leader of the opposition
  3. Len Brown - former Mayor of Manukau, former Mayor of Auckland
  4. John Banks - former Auckland Mayor, former MP
  5. Larry Morris - New Zealand music icon
  6. Merv Smith - Radio legend and model train enthusiast
  7. Barry "Dr. Rock" Jenkin - Iconic NZ broadcaster
  8. Brendan Donovan - New Zealand film director
  9. Waka Nathan - All Black legend
  10. Cameron Brown - champion Iron Man
  11. Jason Kerrison - NZ musician
  12. Shane Hale - New Zealand music icon
  13. Wayne Anderson - Singer of Songs
  14. Ewen Gilmour - NZ comedian
  15. Leon Narbey - New Zealand cinematographer
  16. telephone interviews with Dame Vera Lynn, Hamish Gee (The Feelers), Craig Scott (NZ musician), Nathan King (NZ musician), Robyn Malcolm, plus many more
  17. numerous councillors and local board members
  18. and more school kids, brownies, girl guides, and local identities than can ever possibly be listed.

We cover a fair chunk of Auckland from our transmission sites. From Remuera and Point England in the north to Manukau and Flat Bush in the south. From Onehunga and Penrose in the west to Beachlands and Maraetai in the east. And pretty much everywhere in between!

Our studio can be located at 12 Central Terrace, Howick. Look for the two storey, terracotta coloured historic building behind Paper Plus. We are on the second floor.

Please call the station prior to your visit to make sure the studio is attended.