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, in partnership with SM Network Ltd, New Zealand's first fully-automated, 24 hour,
Top 40 music radio station - The Heat 91.7FM
Wellington, and shortly afterwards, 94.3FM on the Kapiti Coast .
Although 'The Heat' was 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 for broadcast was in its
infancy at the
time, it was not possible to run a 'live' satellite service, so 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 should be
noted that it pre-dated the arrival of MTV in NZ by 14 years! It eventually led
AudcomNZ, as a company, to amend its focus and target computer-related technology.