Coast (New Zealand radio)

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Broadcast area 12 markets in New Zealand
Slogan "Timeless Music"
Format 60-80's Hit Music
Owner The Radio Network

Coast is a New Zealand radio network owned by The Radio Network that plays easy listening music with an emphasis on music from the sixties, seventies and eighties. A live breakfast show presented by Brian Kelly, along with programmes presented by Murray Lindsay and Rick Morin from Auckland studios are broadcast across the network's fifteen stations, except for a local breakfast breakout for Hawera and the drive show broadcasts across the network hosted by John McDowell from Invercargill studios.

Coast has Newstalk ZB news and sports bulletins and a MetService weather update. The rest of the hour consists of music, comments from the announcers on the music being played and issues of the day, and commercial breaks of no more than 60 seconds each. There are also Newstalk ZB business news bulletins at 07:00, 12:30 and 17:30 on weekdays.

During weekdays, each region's weather report is read out by the announcer. In the weekends a 30-second localised forecast is aired, pre-recorded for each market from the Newstalk ZB Timesaver Traffic Center. Other stations of TRN also air these forecasts on their stations.

Coast should not be confused with Coast FM, which is an unrelated, independently owned and operated radio network, based in Westport on the West Coast of the South Island.

The head office and main studios of Coast are located on the corner of Cook & Nelson Streets in Auckland City, along with the other seven stations of The Radio Network.


Coast originally started in Hawkes Bay in 2002 as a local station. The history of this station dates back to 1995 as The Wireless Station broadcasting on 1530 AM and playing music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s; The Wireless station was operated by the Hawke's Bay Media Group. The station was rebranded as Goodtime Gold in 1998, playing music from the 1960s and 1970s and in 1999 became Gold 1530. This station was leased to The Radio Network in 2000 and was rebranded as Jammin' Oldies 1530 or JO 1530. The final rebranding of the station was to the current name Coast 1530.

In 2004 the station became voice tracked from Auckland in preparation for the station's launch in the Auckland market. On 26 April 2004, Coast launched in Auckland with the Auckland-based programme being networked back to Hawkes Bay. Later in 2004, Coast was networked to other markets around New Zealand.[1]

All Coast stations take the same networked programme from Auckland, although Auckland now has a separate programme. Hawera has its own local breakfast show called The 1557 Breakfast. This show was originally played on Newstalk ZB in the Hawera region when Newstalk ZB broadcast on 1557 AM. After Newstalk ZB in Hawera moved to 1278 AM, this show was dropped and replaced with the Auckland-based show but later picked up by Coast.[2]

That's the Story hosted by Ronnie Mackie is played between 7.00 am and 8.00 am on Sunday mornings.

The breakfast host since the station's foundation, well-known radio veteran Mike Oliver, left the station in early 2011. 10 am – 3 pm host Jacqui Taite, who had also been with the station from the beginning, also left the station at the end of 2011. They were replaced by Brian Kelly and Gael Ludlow, respectively. The 2013 Drive show announcer was John (Boggy) McDowell who had been on the local breakfast show on Southland's Classic Hits and the stations predecessor 4ZA since 1979. For the purposes of being on a network station, he dropped his nickname "Boggy" due to its largely local Southland reference, and now goes by his real name John McDowell. McDowell left the station at the end of 2013 in order to take a content role within the Radio Network. Murray Lindsay hosts the Day show. Rick Morin looks after the night show from 7pm - 11pm.

In 2011 the original 1530AM frequency leased by The Radio Network and used to start the first Coast Station in Hawke's Bay was returned to its original owners. Coast moved to 1584AM in Hawke's Bay and currently 1530AM is being used to once again broadcast The Wireless Station, with a format of music from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Coast Network Lineup[edit]

The station line up is:

Breakfast Monday - Friday 6am - 10am

Brian Kelly

Daytime Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm

Murray Lindsay

Drive Monday - Friday 3pm - 7pm

TBA (For 2014)

Nights Monday - Friday 7pm - 11pm

Rick Morin

Saturday Morning Saturdays 6am-12pm

Brian Kelly

Saturday Afternoon Saturdays 12pm-6pm

Murray Lindsay

Saturday Night Saturdays 2pm-5:30pm

Jukebox Saturday night (Automated)

Sunday Morning Sundays 6am-12pm

TBA (For 2014)

Sunday Daytime Sundays 12pm-6pm

Nick Brown

Overnight and Weekend Nights the station is automated.


In the North Island:

In the South Island:

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