Hahstag Me was founded in 2014 by Matt “V8Matty” Bartley, Charis McAwesome and Phid McAwesome as a Radio Show in Hamilton, New Zealand. The show went from a live format covering social media news and opinions and grew to encompass social media, Tech, Gaming and Pop Culture.
With the growth in popularity of the original show, Matt, Phid and Charis soon expanded this into a podcast and continued to air on NZ radio, soon being picked up but multiple stations across the country and being nominated and becoming finalists in the New Zealand Radio Awards, Winning the Award in 2015.
While the original show grew and expanded its reach and listener-ship, Hashtag Radio was evolving into a broader platform. In 2015 Phid, Matt and Charis launched “HashtagME”, A website for news, reviews and opinions on tech, social media and gaming. It also launched the HashtagME Podcast Network.
HashtagME was the original home of Access Granted, A successful Wellington based Tech and start-up show (Now independent and worth checking out!), Bits of Auwesome , a now defunct Retro gaming show, and many more podcasts.
With the departure of V8Matty in 2017, HashtagME took a break but is now back with Charis McAwesome and Phid McAwesome continuing what we started in 2014.