Gig pumps nearly $22k into campaign to save Wellington's Radio Active

Shihad's Jon Toogood performs at the Reactivate fundraiser for Wellington station Radio Active at Victoria University's ...
ALEXANDER HALLAG

Shihad's Jon Toogood performs at the Reactivate fundraiser for Wellington station Radio Active at Victoria University's Hunter Lounge.

The future of Radio Active – the Wellington radio station on the brink of closure earlier this year – looks bright after a fundraising gig featuring Trinity Roots and Shihad's Jon Toogood raised $21,700.

Artists and crew provided their services for free on Saturday for the Reactivate gig at Victoria University's Hunter Lounge, which also featured The Upbeats and Yoko-Zuna.

Fundraising trust spokesman and music enthusiast Ross Steele said he was confident the 40-year-old 88.6FM frequency station's future was bright as nearly $80,000 of the $88,600 target had been reached with another month to go. 

Lauren Spring and Liam Kennedy from Radio Active's Thursday drive show.
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Lauren Spring and Liam Kennedy from Radio Active's Thursday drive show.

"We're very confident we've got a positive future," Steele said.  

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The station, which helped foster the career of broadcaster John Campbell, was set to go silent in March but got a last-minute lifeline thanks to a raft of backers, including bars and businesses around Cuba St, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, and musicians Fat Freddy's Drop.

Auckland band Yoko-Zuma perform at the Reactivate fundraiser for Wellington station Radio Active at Victoria ...
ALEXANDER HALLAG

Auckland band Yoko-Zuma perform at the Reactivate fundraiser for Wellington station Radio Active at Victoria University's Hunter Lounge.

Radio Active began as a Victoria University station in 1977 before being bought out by shareholders in the early 1990s.

Playing a mixture of alternative pop, rock, Kiwi music and underground genres like house, reggae and jazz it would go on to champion the early careers of some of the country's most-successful bands, including The Black Seeds, Shihad, Phoenix Foundation and Trinity Roots.

Wellington's Phoenix Foundation are one of the station's many high profile backers.
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Wellington's Phoenix Foundation are one of the station's many high profile backers.

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Radio Active 89FM One Love Concert draws a big crowd in 2006.
JEFF McEWAN

Radio Active 89FM One Love Concert draws a big crowd in 2006.

 - Stuff

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