AudcomNZ started life in 1992 as an audio and communications
consultancy (hence the name) initially in Wellington, but since 2000 it
has been based in Hutt City.
The owner and managing director of the company is Wayne Newth.
AudcomNZ was originally a commercial radio station operator,
creating New Zealand's first fully-automated, 24 hour,
Top 40 music radio station - The Heat 91.7FM
Wellington, and 94.3FM on the Kapiti Coast, in partnership with SM
Network Ltd (see the station logo below).
Although 'The Heat' was entirely a local Wellington station, with Kiwi music,
Wellington commercials and local Wellington information, it was
musically programmed by the
ABC in Dallas, Texas.
It first went to air in February 1992 and quickly established itself
as a major player in New Zealand's youth-oriented radio market.
Because international satellite technology was too limited at the
time for a 'live' satellite service, the station's programmes were couriered to
Wellington on Bernoulli removable hard drives daily from the USA.
This was cutting-edge stuff in the early 90's. It was an entirely
new concept for broadcasting in New Zealand and it eventually
led the company to specialise in computer-related