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Sugarloaf: Inside the concrete eyrie high above Christchurch in the Port Hills

Published on the Stuff website in 2018, this story takes an interesting look at the Sugarloaf transmitter site located on the Port Hills above Christchurch, New Zealand.

Radio Hauraki co-founder David Gapes has died

One of the founders of New Zealand’s pirate radio station and then commercial radio station Radio Hauraki, David Gapes, has died.

Palmerston North radio station powered by John Ward turns 25

For the last 25 years John Ward has shared his love of classical music through his radio station The Gramophone Room.

NZ On Screen: The Radio Collection

Timed to celebrate World Radio Day, NZ On Screen launches a new collection that highlights the impact, achievements (and some shock-jock antics) of the radio industry in Aotearoa.

Remembering Radio Pioneers 100 Years On

One hundred years ago Gisborne became the home of one New Zealand’s first radio broadcasting stations. Station 2YM was started by three Gisborne amateur radio operators — Percy Stevens, Ivan O’Meara and Bob Patty. They obtained one of the first broadcasting licences on October 27, 1923.

Remembering the Tiri

On the Eastern shores of Matakohe-Limestone Island lie the derelict remains of a once-famous floating pirate radio studio. Scattered skeletal piles of rusting metal is all that remains of the shipwrecked Tiri, once the beating heart of Radio Hauraki and the centre of a political and media storm of the swinging sixties. From her cockpit on the Hauraki Coast, she debuted to the carefree tune of Matt Monro’s Born Free, defiantly blasting through wireless into the homes of thousands of 1960s young Kiwi fans.

Souvenir Programme: Official Opening of 2ZB

On Wednesday, 28th of April, 1937 the Hon. F. Jones, M.P., Postmaster-General and Acting Minister for Broadcasting, officially opened Station 2ZB in Wellington, New Zealand….

Centre renamed in honour of advocate

A community centre in Invercargill for people with visual disabilities has been renamed to honour the advocacy of a passionate Southland man. He was also called “the world’s only professional DX-er [DX-ing is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals],” after he asked the stations for which he had already been doing monitoring if he could be put on their payroll as a regular staff member.

‘A beacon for the future’: Inside the world of Radio Ngāti Porou

Radio Ngāti Porou’s headquarters in small-town Ruatōria may not look like your typical radio station, and that’s probably because it isn’t.

Radio Woodville turns 25

When Radio Woodville started, they were broadcasting out of a house in Vogel St. Twenty-five years later and the station continues to be the voice of Woodville, celebrating its birthday earlier this month.

NZ’s Last Original Private Commercial Radio Station, To Stay Locally Owned

New Zealand’s last original private commercial radio station remains locally owned under a new media company. Iconic community station, Radio 1XX is changing hands following the establishment of a new media company.

MediaWorks Launches Channel X

New Zealand’s MediaWorks has launched a new music-only network “Channel X” to replace the former talk-format “Today FM”

Today FM Closes

MediaWorks, parent company of Today FM, has pulled the plug on its New Zealand-wide talk-back radio network.

Radio Revolution

In 2006 Citylife paid a visit to the contrasting faces of radio, the hugely popular Morning Crew at ZM and the niche carved out by World FM in Tawa and Massey University’s Munt FM.

Chopper FM 87.6 FM Invercargill

We have recently added Chopper FM 87.6 FM to our New Zealand Radio Guide. They are an LPFM station broadcasting on 87,6 MHz from Invercargill, in Southland, located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island.

Radio Dunedin at 100

In 2022 New Zealand radio station “Radio Dunedin” celebrates 100 years of broadcasting. The station was launched in late 1922, becoming the first radio station in New Zealand.

Auckland radio station sold to prominent Destiny Church members

Auckland radio station Base FM has been sold to prominent Destiny Church members George Ngatai and Raewyn Bhana​. The move was a surprise to many of the DJs working at the station, and some resigned in protest of the move.

Radio Tirana’s Kiwi Connection

During 2022 several articles appeared in New Zealand media looking at a New Zealand woman who worked as an announcer for Albania’s Radio Tirana English service during the Communist era. We take a look at some of them here in this feature.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand

Additional interesting information about American radio stations in New Zealand, back during the World War 2 era, and also subsequently.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand: The 1ZM Story

During the Pacific War in the middle of last century, American forces poured into the South Pacific by the million, with multitudes coming into Auckland also, for Rest & Refreshment and also as a staging area before transferring into the islands to the north. In prewar days, the American army officer Major Purnell H. Gould had been employed at radio station WFBR in Baltimore MD, and he was subsequently appointed as the regional commander for American forces entertainment radio stations in the Pacific.