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Radioworks Launches Nationwide News Station

Friday 10th December 2004

Radioworks Launches Nationwide News Station

RadioWorks, a CanWest MediaWorks company, has revealed plans for a new, nationwide radio news and information station.

The plan was unveiled at the CanWest MediaWorks AGM by CEO Brent Impey.

The nationwide Station will be called Radio Live, and will be a contemporary information format station.

“Radio Live is a fresh initiative which will compete head-to-head with other talk, news and information stations in the market,” said CanWest MediaWorks CEO, Brent Impey.

“The station will feature high profile, contemporary and controversial hosts. We are determined to impact the landscape of news and information based radio in New Zealand,” he said.

“Quality news and information based radio stations are one of the world’s leading radio formats at the present time. New Zealanders have a particularly strong appetite for news, and our belief is that presently listener’s needs aren’t being adequately met with a fresh and contemporary news and information radio station. Radio Live will fill that need,” Mr Impey said.

The weekday personalities on the new station include Martin Devlin, Michael Laws, Kerry Smith, Paul Henry and Marcus Lush.

“New studios and facilities for the station are currently under construction, and Radio Live will enjoy the services of a fully integrated newsroom in the station, where journalists will have the ability to go live to air with breaking news and specialist reports from their desk,” said Mr Impey.

“As the name suggests, live and breaking news will be a key feature of the station, we will bring New Zealanders breaking news from around the country and around the world live and first.”

This station is a new format, separate to Radio Pacific, which will remain on air as a racing oriented format. At non-racing times, Pacific will broadcast a mix of music and talk radio.

Radio Live will be in 21 markets throughout the country, on the following frequencies:

Northland 94.0FM Auckland 100.6FM and 702AM Waikato 100.0FM Tauranga 96.1FM Whakatane 92.1FM Gisborne 94.8FM Rotorua 91.9FM Taupo 99.1FM Hawkes Bay 97.5FM Taranaki 89.2FM Wanganui 96.0FM Manawatu 93.8FM Wairarapa 98.1FM Wellington 98.7FM Nelson 96.2FM Westport 90.1FM Christchurch 738AM Timaru 89.9FM Alexandra 95.9FM Dunedin 96.6FM Invercargill 94.0FM

Radio Live is expected to go live to air in April next year.

Further details about Radio Live will be announced in the New Year.


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