List of radio stations in Wellington

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This is a list of radio stations in the Wellington Region of New Zealand.

Note: Several FM stations changed their frequency during October 2010, as broadcast licenses were renewed and spacing standardized to 0.8 MHz. AM stations were also moved in 1978 when New Zealand switched from 10 kHz frequency spacing to 9 kHz spacing.

Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley

FM Stations

As a general rule, full-power FM frequencies in Wellington are spaced 0.8 MHz apart, starting from 89.3 MHz

Some Hutt Valley "infill" frequencies with transmitters at Towai or Fitzherbert have been allocated to the 0.4 MHz "gap" in between other stations.

Frequency Name Format Transmitter Broadcasting on frequency since Previous station(s) on frequency
88.6 Radio Active Student radio Tinakori Hill 1981 on 89FM
89.3 Newstalk ZB Talk radio Kaukau
90.1 The Hits 90.1 Adult contemporary Towai
Haywards
Kaukau
1993 Broadcast on 90.0FM prior to 2010
1990–1991 2ZB

1991–1993 B90 FM (same station but rebranded)
1993-2014 Classic Hits 90FM (same station but rebranded)

90.9 91ZM
originally ZMFM
Hit music Kaukau
Towai
1985
91.7 The Edge Pop music Kaukau
Fitzherbert
2007 1990s - 1991 Fox FM
renamed from Greater Wellington FM
1993–1995 The Heat 91.7FM
1995–1997 The Box 91.7FM
1997–1998 92 Hitz FM
1998 99-100 More FM (temporary simulcast)
1998–2005 Channel Z
2005–2006 Kiwi FM
2006-2007 More FM Wellington (temporary simulcast)
92.5 RNZ Concert Classical music Kaukau
93.3 Radio Hauraki Classic rock Kaukau 2010 Broadcast on 93.1FM prior to 2010
93.7 Mix 1970's - 1990's Hutt Towai 2016 Broadcast on 93.5FM prior to 2010
1986 - 2007 91ZM
2008 - 2012 Easy Mix Radio Sport
2012 - 2016
94.1 The Breeze
(formerly known as Radio Windy)
Easy listening Kaukau 1993 1992–1994 Radio Windy/Windy FM
94.9 Atiawa Toa FM Porirua 1990s
95.3 More FM Wellington Adult contemporary Hutt Fitzherbert 2010
95.7 Coast Middle of the Road Kaukau 2011
96.1 RNZ Concert Classical music Hutt Towai
96.5 The Rock Active rock Kaukau
Haywards
1999 Station broadcast on 96.3FM prior to 2010
1993-1998 Pirate FM
97.3 The Sound Classic rock Kaukau
Haywards
2012 Stations broadcast on 97.5FM prior to 2010
1992 2XX Kapiti
1992–1993 Cadbury Moro FM
1994-1995 The Heat 91.7FM (temporary simulcast)
1995–1997 The Quake 97.5FM
1997–1999 Solid Gold
2000–2008 The Edge
2008-2011 Solid Gold
98.1 Life FM Contemporary Christian music Porirua 1993 1992–1994 Radio Windy/Windy FM
1994–2010 The Breeze (New Zealand)
98.5 The Breeze Easy listening Hutt Towai 1995–1996 Kix FM
1996–2004 Channel Z
98.9 Radio Live Talk radio Kaukau
Haywards
Station broadcast on 98.7FM prior to 2010
1991–2004 More FM
99.7 More FM Wellington Adult contemporary Kaukau
Haywards
1991 Station broadcast on 100.0FM prior to 2010
1990-1991 Windy FM
100.5 Mai FM Urban Contemporary Kaukau 2012
100.9 Atiawa Toa FM Hutt Towai 2010
101.3 RNZ National Kaukau
101.7 RNZ National Hutt Towai
103.7 Niu FM Urban contemporary Kaukau 2002
104.1 Niu FM Urban contemporary Hutt Fitzherbert 2010
104.5 George FM Dance Kaukau 2015 Stations broadcast on 99.4FM prior to 2010
2005 Radio New Zealand National (Hutt Valley)
2005 - 2011 Coast
2011–2013 Radio Sport
2013 - 2015 Flava
105.3 Wellington 105.3[1][better source needed][2] Contemporary Indian Radio Kaukau 2011 2009–2010 Hit Radio X105
106.1 Wellington Access Radio[3] Access Radio Kaukau 2017 2010 - 2016 Hutt Radio

AM Stations

Frequency Name Format Transmitter Broadcasting on frequency since Previous station(s) on frequency
567 Radio New Zealand National Public radio Titahi Bay 1978 Broadcast on 570 kHz from 1927–1978
657 AM Network (Parliament)
and Star
Parliament Public radio
and Christian radio
Titahi Bay 1999 1978–1986 Concert Radio (broadcasting on 660 kHz prior to 1978)
711 TAB Trackside Horse Racing Horokiwi 2007 1992–2007 Radio Pacific and Radio Trackside
891 Magic Oldies Horokiwi 2015 1978 – 1993 Radio Windy broadcasting on 1080 kHz between 1973 and 1976 and 890 kHz between 1976 and 1978
1993 - 2015 The Breeze
972 Radio Rhema Christian radio Horokiwi 1992
1035 Newstalk ZB Talk radio Titahi Bay 1993 1978–1993 2ZB (previously broadcasting on 980 kHz between 1937 and 1978)
1161 Te Upoko O Te Ika Iwi radio Titahi Bay 1986 1978–1986 2ZM (previously broadcasting on 1130 kHz between 1969 and 1978 and using callsign 2YD between 1937 and 1969)
1233 Radio Live Talk radio Horokiwi 2008 1990–1994 BBC World Service
1995–1996 Radio Liberty
1996–1997 BBC World Service
1997–1999 Southern Star
1999–2008 Solid Gold
1503 Radio Sport Sports talk Horokiwi 1998 1982–1992 Radio Rhema
1997–1998 Sports Round Up

Decommissioned Frequencies

The following frequencies were previously used in the Wellington region, but most were decommissioned in the reallocation of frequencies in October 2010.

It is unlikely that most of these FM frequencies will be re-used as most do not fit within the current band spacing plan. Possible exceptions are 102.1 FM and 96.9 FM that fit the band plans for Wellington and Hutt Valley respectively.

Frequency Status Previous stations on frequency Area served Replacement frequency (if applicable)
89.0 Decommissioned ?–2011 Radio Active Wellington 88.6 (Radio Active)
89.4 Decommissioned ?–2010 Radio Sport Upper Hutt / Hutt Valley 93.7 (Radio Sport - Hutt Valley transmitter)
90.0 Decommissioned 1990–1991 2ZB
1991–1993 B90 FM
(same station but rebranded)
1993–2010 Classic Hits 90FM
Greater Wellington 90.1 Classic Hits 90FM
93.1 Decommissioned 2004–2010 Radio Hauraki Greater Wellington 93.3 (Hauraki)
93.5 Decommissioned 1986–2007 ZMFM/91ZM
2007–2010 Easy Mix
Hutt Valley Easy Mix moved to 93.7 MHz & closed June 2012, replaced by Radio Sport
94.7 Decommissioned 1995–1996 Kix FM
1996–2004 Channel Z
2004–2010 More FM Wellington
Hutt Valley 95.3 (More FM - Hutt Valley)
95.6 Decommissioned 1980s–2010 Radio New Zealand Concert Hutt Valley 96.1 (RNZ Concert - Hutt Valley)
96.3 Decommissioned 1990s Pirate FM
1999–2010 The Rock
Greater Wellington 96.5 (The Rock)
96.9 Decommissioned 1990s–2010 Atiawa Toa FM Wellington & Hutt Valley
(excluding Porirua)
100.9 Atiawa Toa FM
98.7 Decommissioned 2004–2005 More FM (moved from 98.9FM)
2005–2010 Radio Live
Greater Wellington 98.9 (Radio Live)
99.2 Decommissioned 2006–2010 Life FM Porirua 98.1 (Life FM - Porirua)
99.4 Decommissioned 2005–2010 Coast Greater Wellington 95.7 (Coast)
100.0 Decommissioned 1991–2010 More FM Wellington Wellington / Porirua 99.7 (More FM)
100.7 Decommissioned 2002–2010 Niu FM Hutt Valley 104.1 (Niu Fm - Hutt Valley)
102.1 Decommisioned 2015
Crown Reserve Youth
2006 - 2015: Kiwi FM Greater Wellington
783 AM Decommissioned 2017 1981 - 2017: Wellington Access Radio
(original call sign 2YB)
Samoan Capital Radio
Greater Wellington 106.1 FM Wellington Access Radio
1323 AM Decommissioned 1988 - 1994: Aotearoa Radio Greater Wellington

Low Power FM

There are a number of Low Power FM stations that are operating, or have operated, in Wellington whose broadcast range may be less than that of the full-power FM stations.

Wellington

  • Rova 1067, 106.7FM down town Wellington "The Rova All Day Breakfast with Polly & Grant" live and then replayed, started July 2017 (Stuff)
  • Maranui FM, 106.7FM Lyall Bay School since 2008
  • Muse Radio, 87.9FM, Student radio Wellington Central
  • Fleet FM, 107.3FM Wellington from July 2003 until May 2010
  • Up FM, 88.1FM Wellington, dance music launched October 2006
  • High-Fi FM - Wellington High School radio station
  • The Wedge 88.1 FM, Newtown, weekday evenings
  • Human FM, 88.1 stereo, eclectic music, poetry, Christian, broadcasting from Victoria University Anglican Chaplaincy (started May 2007)
  • Tourist Information, 88.2, (near Duxton Hotel) plays an old tape loop with obsolete info
  • The VBC 88.3FM Wellington's Student and Community Radio Station. Mono, 0.5 W output. Broadcasting in Central City Wellington from Kelburn and streaming at www.vbc.org.nz worldwide.
  • Radio Melina 107.4 MHz FM, stereo 1W output, broadcasting from Seatoun, 41°19′29.36″S 174°50′14.17″E / 41.3248222°S 174.8372694°E / -41.3248222; 174.8372694.
  • MUNTfm, 88.5 stereo, broadcasting from old Museum, now Massey University, music mix incl. NZ music (monitored to have played Half a Bat Cat) 41°17′59.54″S 174°46′37.13″E / 41.2998722°S 174.7769806°E / -41.2998722; 174.7769806
  • Kix FM 87.6 stereo, CBD, Capital Rock
  • Mix FM 87.9 MHz stereo, Grenada Village, Churton Park, Johnsonville, northern suburbs, Pop/rock music ranging from the 80s to today's hottest tracks.
  • George FM, 106.7, stereo, lots of adverts, feeding audio and adverts from Auckland (replaced July 2017 by Rova 1067)
  • Groove FM, 106.8, mono, located at Trades Hall, used for uplink to 107.7 transmitter 41°17′42.61″S 174°46′35.25″E / 41.2951694°S 174.7764583°E / -41.2951694; 174.7764583
  • Calvary Chapel Radio, 106.9 stereo, near Newtown, Christian Radio
  • Family Radio - Karori, 106.9 FM, Stereo, Bible centred and God glorifying broadcast. Bible readings, music, studies, and talkback discussion
  • Radio Brooklyn, 106.9 mono, 0.5 Watts but superior location, opened 12. Feb 2008, plays copyright free speeches and university lectures, at 7pm relays Radio Netherlands Newsdesk and Democracy Now.
  • Live Wire Radio - Wellington High School, 107.1, stereo,
  • Critical Analysis Broadcasting 107.1 FM, broadcasting to Kilbirnie, Melrose and Miramar, was on 107.5 til march 08 Talks of left-green persuasion.
  • only around Oriental Bay, 107.3, nice jazz, low power
  • Kool FM, 107.3 stereo, adverts, NZ Radio School, Cuba Street
  • Matrix 107.5 FM mono, music and educational material
  • Radio Island Bay 107.5 FM mono, broadcasting from Island Bay
  • Radio Karori, 107.5 mono, political talks
  • Groove FM, 107.7, mono, some adverts, broadcasting from the CBD area
  • TLC Radio TLC Radio Windy FM 88.4, country with special bluegrass hour each night 8-9pm, broadcasting for Wellington CBD, Mt Vic & inner hill suburbs
  • Tawa College FM, 97.0, Tawa only, plays rock songs apart from 1:20 - 2:15 on weekdays when there is a talk show.
  • The Sound FM,88.7, Plays all your hit music and your favorite jams from the 70s to today with shows that cater for everyone.

Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Petone

  • 107.2 Secret FM, 107.2FM Lower Hutt Central, Youth radio established 2012
  • The Cheese FM, 87.9, Stereo, Lower Hutt. Broadcasting to Central Lower Hutt and the CBD Area. Hits of the 80's 90s and Today!. Also available on TelstraClear Digital TV Channel 511
  • Upper Hutts River FM 88.1 Upper Hutt, The station has been broadcasting since Feb 2009. We are a community station broadcasting live morning shows Mon-Fri with community & up to date commuter information as well as a wide range of music. Totally local Upper Hutts Best Music River FM 88.1 and also on shoutcast.com
  • KIX-FM was a fully commercial rock radio station with studios in central Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. First going to air in 1993, it filled a gap in Wellington for a rock station when the former Radio Windy reformatted to an easy listening format as The Breeze in 1993. All the on-air staff on KIX FM were volunteers and new to radio. After the station went off-air in 1996 many of the original staff went on to work at some of the New Zealand's biggest radio stations including Mike Currie (Thrasher) on Radio Hauraki & The Sound, Spiros Foundoulakis went to More FM Wellington, Kris Miller worked for The Breeze in Wellington and David Cunningham (deceased) moved to Port FM in Timaru. After going off-air it was resurrected in 2001 as a low power FM radio station and is completely commercial free. Originally on 106.7FM, then 88.7 FM and now 87.6FM since 2010. The station now streams on the internet and is completely automated.[4]
  • Supernova, 107.0, mellower music mix + NZ
  • Calvary Chapel Radio, 106.9, Christian Radio
  • Boom FM, 88.7, Electronica interspersed with classics and kiwi sounds
  • Robot FM, 107.5 mono, Lower Hutt, broadcasting political talks (started May 2006)

Porirua

  • Arec FM, 87.6, Tawa, coverage evaluation 13th,17th March 2018
  • andHow.FM 107.5, Stereo, Porirua, Indie Rock
  • Genesis FM, 88.1, mono, Porirua, Bible preachings
  • World FM[5], 88.2, stereo, Tawa, World Music plus relays of WRN & Radio Six International
  • S-FM, 88.3, stereo, Broadcasting from Pak'nSave, Porirua, Top 40, Urban, no broadcasts 13th,17th March 2018

Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) Trial in Wellington

Kordia has been operating a DAB test service since October 2006 now transmitting from Mt Kaukau in Band III on 192.352 MHz. The multiplex delivers a mix of DAB and DAB+ programmes as at 3 May 2018:

Programme Format DAB/+ Bit rate kb/s
KDAB Pop music DAB+ 96 stereo
Base FM Freeform Urban contemporary DAB 128 stereo
BBC World Service Talk radio DAB 64 mono
Brian FM Adult Hits DAB+ 96 stereo
RNZ Concert Classical music DAB 128 j/stereo
RNZ Concert+ Classical music DAB+ 112 stereo
George FM House music DAB 128 j/stereo
RNZ National Public radio DAB 128 j/stereo
Rhema+ Christian radio DAB+ 96 stereo
Spice+ Punjabi radio DAB+ 96 stereo
Radio Tarana Contemporary Indian radio DAB 128 stereo

Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa

Kapiti Coast Stations

Frequency Name Format Transmitter location [6] Broadcasting on
frequency since
Previous stations on frequency
88.7 Reo FM (Otaki) Forest Heights
89.5 Newstalk ZB Talk radio Forest Heights
90.3 More FM Adult contemporary Forest Heights
91.1 ZM Hit music Forest Heights 2004
91.9 The Rock Active rock Ngarara until Dec 2014 then Forest Heights
92.7 The Hits 92.7 Adult contemporary Forest Heights 2004 2004 - 2014 Classic Hits 92.7 (Same station but rebranded)
93.5 TAB Trackside Sports talk Waikanae Downs then Forest Heights
94.3 The Sound Classic rock Forest Heights 2012 Solid Gold FM
95.1 Magic Oldies Forest Heights 2015
95.9 Coast Middle of the Road Forest Heights
96.7 Life FM Contemporary Christian Music Forest Heights
97.5 The Edge Pop music Ngarara until Dec 2014 then Forest Heights
98.3 Radio New Zealand Concert Classical music Forest Heights
99.1 Radio Live Talk radio Ngarara until Dec 2014 then Forest Heights
100.7 The Breeze Easy listening Forest Heights
101.5 Radio New Zealand National Public radio Forest Heights
103.9 Radio Rhema Christian radio Forest Heights
104.7 Coast Access Access Radio Forest Heights
106.3 Beach FM Community radio Forest Heights
107.5 Triple X FM Classic Rock "Paraparaumu". Low-power FM station 2016
1377 AM Radio Sport Sports talk Te Horo
  • Radio Kapiti, (frequency not recorded) holiday broadcaster

Wairarapa stations

Frequency Name Location Format Years
88.7 FM Life FM Masterton Christian radio
89.5 FM More FM: Hitz 89FM (later known as Hitz 89.3FM), Today FM Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti) Adult contemporary
90.3 FM The Hits: Classic Hits Wairarapa, Radio Wairarapa, 2ZD Masterton (Otahoua)
91.1 FM TAB Trackside: Live Sport, BSport, Radio Pacific-Trackside Masterton (Otahoua) Sports radio
91.9 FM Radio Sport Masterton (Otahoua) Sports radio
92.7 FM Arrow FM Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti) Access Radio
93.5 FM The Sound: Solid Gold FM Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti)
94.3 FM ZM Masterton (Otahoua)
95.1 FM The Rock Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti)
95.9 FM The Edge Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti)
97.5 FM Radio Rhema Masterton Christian radio
98.3 FM Radio Live: Radio Pacific Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti) Talk radio
99.1 FM RNZ Concert Masterton (Otahoua) Classical music
99.9 FM The Breeze Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti)
100.7 FM Star Masterton Christian radio
101.5 FM RNZ National Masterton (Otahoua) Public radio
105.5 FM Magic Wairarapa Valley (Popoiti) Adult contemporary
105.9 FM More FM: Hitz 89FM (later known as Hitz 89.3FM), Today FM Castlepoint Adult contemporary
106.5 FM Radio Eketahuna: 2ZE FM Eketahuna (Mount Bowen) Local Radio
846 AM Newstalk ZB: 2ZD Masterton (Waingawa) Talk radio
1071 AM RNZ National Masterton (Waingawa) Public radio

=References

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/Wellington105.3fm/
  2. ^ "Wellington 105.3 (ARCHIVED)". wellington105.3fm.co.nz. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  3. ^ http://www.accessradio.org.nz
  4. ^ KIX FM 87.6 Classic Rock/New Rock
  5. ^ World FM
  6. ^ Register of Radio Frequencies
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