Radio Live

Radio LIVE (stylised as RadioLIVE) was a nationwide Auckland-based New Zealand talkback, news and sport radio network owned and operated by MediaWorks New Zealand.

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Broadcast areaNew Zealand
SloganYour news. Your views.
First air date11 April, 2005
Last air date18 January, 2019
FormatNews, Talk,
OwnerMediaWorks New Zealand

It was formed by the 2005 split of talk and racing network Radio Pacific into a dedicated talk network which prioritised breaking news coverage (Radio Live) and a talk network which broadcast live horse racing and greyhound racing commentaries which initially retained the Radio Pacific name before a rebrand to Bsport and finally LiveSport. The network competes directly against NZME. station Newstalk ZB.

In November 2018, it was announced that RadioLIVE would be merging with Mediaworks sister network, Magic, to form a talk-music radio hybrid known as Magic Talk. This is due to air from January 19th, 2019. TVNZ news presenter Peter Williams is the first host revealed for the new network.


Radio Pacific

The network began as one, Auckland's Radio Pacific station, in 1978. Set up originally by talkback host Gordon Dryden, Radio Pacific became a New Zealand Stock Exchange listed company, with the Totalisator Agency Board as major shareholder. The company also bought a share of a group of North Island music stations known as Energy Enterprises and merged with the South Island radio company Radio Otago in 1999. The merged company, now known as Radioworks was purchased by a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications which at that time owned the More FM radio network and TV3. CanWest later sold off the company as part of MediaWorks New Zealand.

During the 1990s Pacific became one of the first stations to be networked across the country.[1] Although ownership of the network changed, live races and live betting odds continued to be broadcast on the network in pre-determined, limited periods during the race day under a contract with the New Zealand Racing Board. Between 2001 and 2005, this was complemented by a trial Radio Trackside station in the Southland market which simulcast Trackside TV and Radio Pacific as a dedicated racing station.


In April 2005, MediaWorks launched the Radio Live talkback network with newsreader Sarah Bradley and talk host Martin Devlin, making it the first New Zealand radio network to begin broadcasting nationwide on the same day. It launched the station, "the new voice of talk radio", as a sister network to Pacific, "more stimulating talk radio". The new network gained many of Radio Pacific's frequencies and presenters, including Michael Laws, Kerry Smith until 2006 and Paul Henry until 2007.

Live was a dedicated talkback network that could prioritise breaking news coverage, while Radio Pacific continued as a talkback and racing network on new frequencies. John Banks, Alice Worsley and Martin Crump remained behind on Radio Pacific to present morning talkback, while a Trackside TV simulcast, branded as Radio Trackside, was broadcast in the afternoon. On 29 October 2007, the station changed its morning format to sports radio and introduced new presenters. It was initially branded as "BSport, the station you can bet on" and it was rebranded again as LiveSport in January 2010.

On January 31, 2016, RadioLIVE news became Newshub. The first bulletin was presented by Leanne Malcolm.


RadioLIVE broadcasts news updates, breakfast and drive current affairs, open-line talkback, and weekend lifestyle and sports coverage. News, sports and weather updates are broadcast live half-hourly during current affairs programmes and hourly at other times, through a partnership with MediaWorks's 24-hour Newshub service and Newshub Live at 6 is simulcast live every night.


From 6am - 9am, The AM Show hosted by Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson, with social media guru Aziz Al-Sa’afin. The AM Show is New Zealand’s first groundbreaking multi-platform breakfast show, broadcasting simultaneously on Three and online.


From 9am - midday Mark Sainsbury hosts Morning Talk; an honest, provocative, relevant, good-natured and thought-provoking show casting a critical but entertaining eye over the issues of the day.

The Long Lunch is hosted by Wendyl Nissen from 12pm - 3pm. With in-depth interviews with people who matter in the world of current affairs, a regular crew of lifestyle experts and DIY kings and queens, and local and international authors, Wendyl Nissen will keep you entertained every afternoon. Former afternoon hosts include Alison Mau and Willie Jackson.


From early 2018 the Drive programme from 3–6 pm has been hosted by Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen.[2] The show combines fast paced news stories, the latest in finance, entertainment, business and quick-fire talk with people most affected by what's happening in NZ and around the world. Previous drive hosts have included Paul Henry during 2005 and 2007, James Coleman in 2006, Bill Ralston in 2008, Maggie Barry in 2009 and 2010, Brent Impey in 2011, Duncan Garner from 2011–2016, and Alison Mau from 2017–2018.

Early Evenings

A daily Newshub simulcast plays from 6pm nightly.

Monday–Thursday from 7–8pm is InFocus, a deeper look at the day's top interviews and stories, hosted by former More FM newsreader Brin Rudkin.

Friday evenings it's the Outdoors Group Fishing Show from 7–8pm.


Evening talkback with Mitch Harris is from 8pm – 12am on RadioLIVE, every Monday - Thursday Nights with Mitch include regular guests and features on everything from music, art, business, sports and politics, but most importantly, real New Zealanders sharing their stories and opinions on what’s happening in the world, and how it affects them. [2]

Friday nights from 8pm - 12am is hosted by Richard Green.


The Overnighter from midnight – 6am is hosted by Joe Reid from Thursday to Saturday and Tony Amos from Sunday to Wednesday.

Joe and Tony aim to entertain their listeners with guaranteed surprising and engaging talkback.


At the beginning of August 2017 Rural Exchange began on RadioLIVE - hosted by Richard “Loey” Loe, Sarah Perriam and Hamish McKay. REX is a brand new show dedicated to the backbone business of the nation, hosted by a couple of seasoned buggers plus a switched on lass from Central Otago with sheep and beef farming in her blood. It broadcasts both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 5am to 7am.

On Weekend mornings from 7am – 10am Mucking In landscaper Tony Murrell hosts The Home and Garden Show. He is joined on Saturday by former New Zealand Woman's Weekly food editor Helen Jackson and Sundays by interior designer Hamish Dodd and Stan Scott for advice on DIY.

From 10am - 2pm is Weekend Life on Saturday with Carly Flynn. Great recipes, tips on home life, time savers, travel advice, new home products, cosmetics and beauty advice, health and well being and mindfulness.

Weekend Life on Sunday broadcasts from 10am - 2pm with Trudi Nelson. Previous hosts for Your Sunday were Ryan Bridge and Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Saturday Sport hosted by Brendan Telfer airs on Saturday from 2pm - 6pm, and includes interviews with sports personalities and really getting to know our sports people.[3]

Sunday Sport hosted by Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes airs on Sunday from 2pm - 6pm, and includes interviews with sports personalities and unique perspective for our sporting mad country.[4]

Weekend nights

Saturdays 7pm - 8pm - The Nation with Lisa Owen.

Sundays 7pm - 8pm - Sunday Social with Vaughn Davis, the social media, app and internet show for the rest of us. It’s a geek-free zone, where 'buzzwords' are forbidden and jargon is busted.

Weekend Variety Wireless airs both Saturdays and Sundays from 8pm - midnight. The talk programme has been part of the station since its inception, and focuses on music, conservation, world issues and science.[5] Regular contributors include linguist Max Cryer, Stardome Observatory astronomer Grant Christie, Sceptic Siouxise Wiles and American John Dybvig.

Host Graeme Hill is a former Radio Sport and bFM announcer, Sports Cafe presenter and The Able Tasmans band member. His on-air name is a musical pseudonym, due to his 'embarrassment' performing under his real name.[6] “For anyone with a curious bone in their body, tune into the most interesting radio show on the planet!”

Newshub News Bulletins

Award-winning news bulletins, presented live hourly, are produced by the Newshub Radio service. Network weekday newsreaders include Amanda Gillies (The AM Show), Mary-Jane Tomasi (Workdays), Geoff Bryan (Drive), and Aroha Hathaway (Evenings/Overnights). Weekend and fill-in newsreaders include Trudi Nelson, Leanne Malcolm, Brin Rudkin, Karen McCarthy, Bridget Hastie, Kim Blair and Eric Young. Sports readers include John McNeil, Chris Forster, John Day and Bruce Rickard.



These are the frequencies Radio Live broadcasts on:


  1. Morris William Shanahan, Karen Neill (2005). The Great New Zealand Radio Experiment. p. 132. ISBN 0-17-012480-0. Retrieved 6 November 2007.
  2. "Major shake up at MediaWorks: Jay-Jay on MoreFM, Tova O'Brien replaces Gower". Stuff. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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