Gig pumps nearly $22k into campaign to save Wellington's Radio Active
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.
"We're very confident we've got a positive future," Steele said.
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.
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.