Have you ever wondered what the Z and M stands for in ZM? Here's your answer

Publish Date
Friday, 4 August 2017, 12:00PM

ZM has been around since back in 1973. 

That's 44 years that ZM has been blasting through the station, but why ZM? Where the f**k did that name come from?

Well to explain that we have to go all the way back to the beginning...

ZM was first started in 1973 by the government. 

The three original ZM stations were based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and were known by their ZM call signs, 1ZM in Auckland, 2ZM in Wellington and 3ZM in Christchurch.

Each of those numbers in front of the ZM stood for the region, so 1 being Auckland, 2 being Wellington and so on. 

But why the Z and M? 

The "Z" denoted the ownership and status of the broadcast licence, so in this case, "Z" stood for Commercial Government Ownership. The 'M' is pretty straight forward, it just stands for "music" as we are a music station! 

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