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Broadcast area New Zealand
First air date 1978
Format News, sports talk, racing commentary
Owner MediaWorks New Zealand
Website Official website

LiveSport (stylised as LiveSPORT) is a nationwide New Zealand sports talk and horse racing commentary radio network. It is owned by MediaWorks New Zealand and is the sister network of talk network Radio Live. It has previously been known as Radio Pacific and BSport.

Nathan Rarere, Ian Smith and Monty Betham present the network's breakfast programme, with Brendan Telfer and Richard Loe presenting morning talk programmes and New Zealand Racing Board commentators present afternoon horse racing commentary and talkback. Former presenters include Jeff Wilson and James McOnie.


Radio Pacific[edit]

Former breakfast host John Banks

LiveSPORT began as talk network Radio Pacific in Auckland in 1978, and during the 1990s it became one of the first stations to be networked across the country.[1] Radio Pacific became a New Zealand Stock Exchange listed company, with the Totalisator Agency Board as major shareholder. The company also owned North Island music stations known as Energy Enterprises and merged with the South Island radio company Radio Otago in 1999. It was purchased by a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications and changed its name to RadioWorks, and CanWest later sold off the company as part of MediaWorks New Zealand.[2]

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 2005 MediaWorks launched new talkback network Radio Live and moved many of Radio Pacific's talkback personalities across to the new network. 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 brand name to BSport and its tagline to "BSport, the station you can bet on". The general talkback format was replaced with the current sports talkback format. In January 2010 BSport was renamed to Live Sport, or Radio Live Sport.[3]


Early mornings[edit]

On weekday mornings, LiveSport broadcasts an hour of breakfast programme highlights from the previous weekday at 0400, followed by a repeat of the On The Field programme from the previous weekday at 0500. On Saturday, it broadcasts two hours of highlights from the breakfast programme, and on Sunday it broadcasts two hours of highlights from across the network and from On The Field.

Breakfast of Champions[edit]

The LiveSPORT Breakfast of Champions is hosted by Nathan Rarere, Ian Smith and Monty Betham between 6:00 and 9:00 weekdays. In addition to sports talk and half hourly Radio Live Sport News and News updates, the programme includes a Radio Live link-up, with a discussion of sport with Marcus Lush simulcast on Radio Live between 6.40 and 6.50pm. Former All Black rugby player and Black Caps cricketer Jeff Wilson co-hosted the Breakfast of Champions show in 2013.

Anchor host Nathan Rarere began his broadcasting career at Hawke's Bay's 93FM. He hosted TV shows Box Dog and Ice TV during the 1990s, before teaming up with Oscar Knightley to host Sportzah and TV3 rugby coverage during the 2000s. Alongside his role on LiveSport, Rarere has hosted reality shows Snatch our Booty, Made in Taiwan and Crash Course, presented Sky Sport rugby show Engage and voiced characters in Bro'Town.[4][5]

Ian Smith was a Black Caps cricketer and wicket-keeper during the 1980s and the start of the 1990s. He has one of the highest ever strike rates as a batsman for one day internationals and held the record for most runs scored off a six-ball Test over.[6] Since retiring from cricket, Smith has worked as a rugby, cricket and sport commentator for Sky Sport.[7]

Monty Betham is a professional boxer, former rugby league footballer and junior world karate champion. The former New Zealand Warriors and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player has participated in Treasure Island:Pirates of the Pacific, Celebrity Joker Poker and Dancing With The Stars New Zealand, before spending a year as a host on The Shopping Channel in 2012-2013.[8][9][10][11][12]

LiveSport Mornings[edit]

New Zealand broadcasting veteran Brendan Telfer hosts Brendan Telfer Mornings from 9:00 - 10:00.

The mid-morning show was previously hosted by Crowd Goes Wild contributor James McOnie.

Former All Black Richard Loe host a farming and rugby show called "On The Field" from 10:00 - 11:00am.

Radio Trackside[edit]

Radio Trackside broadcasts daily from 11:00 to 24:00, followed by an overnight simulcast of Trackside TV.

Saturday mornings[edit]

Th Fishing Show with Grant Blair, Terry Williams-King, John Eichlsheim and Bruce 'Swish' Duncan airs from 06:00. Alby Gain and Peter Earley host racing and sports show The Starting Gates from 08:00, including the TAB Sportsdesk at 08:45.

On the Sideline with TAB bookmakers, sports broadcasters and Sky Sport commentators Grant Nisbett and Mark Stafford airs from 09:00. Grant Nisbett is the lead rugby commentator for Sky Sport, who called his 250th test match between All Black and England at Eden Park in June 2014, nearly 30 years before he called an All Blacks and France at Lancaster Park in Christchurch in June 1984. His radio career began at the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, while he was playing first class rugby with the Wellington Colts in the 1970s and he recalls playing Saturday games before having to rush back to the radio studio to broadcast the weekend sports results. He served as a rugby and cricket commentator for TVNZ until 1996, when he took up the same position with Sky TV.[13][14]

Sunday mornings[edit]

Host Wynton Rufer

Stephen McIvor hosts Sunday Breakfast, including Honda Motorsport Show after 0600, The League Show after 0700 and The Great Trans-Tasman Sport Show from 0800. McIvor has presented for Sky TV since its formation, is the main league presenter and sports journalist for Sky Sport, and has hosted soccer, motorsport, boxing, Olympics, Commonwealth Games, rugby and other sports event for the network.[15]

Wynton Rufer hosts Wynton's World of Football from 09:00 Sunday mornings. Rufer is a retired New Zealand footballer who played as a New Zealand All White striker. He spent more than a decade of his professional career in Switzerland and Germany and as part Werder Bremen won a total of four major titles. He appeared for the All Whites in its first FIFA World Cup participation, in 1982 and was named the Oceania Footballer of the Century by the Oceania Football Confederation.[16] Since February 2014, Rufer has combined his role at LiveSport with a position as the manager for the Papua New Guinea and Papua New Guinea U19 teams.[17]

From 10:00, racing commentators Des Coppins and Murray Owles present a programme of racing discussion and scratchings.



The Waikato station began as Radio Waikato, New Zealand's third privately-owned station. It originally broadcast in 930AM in 1971, before moving 954AM in 1978. In 1986 Radio Waikato changed to a country music format and was renamed Country Gold - Waikato 954. Then, in 1988, it was sold to Radio Pacific and transitioned into a local talk radio format. It later picked up the Auckland network programme, which became LiveSport.

A new station of the same name also operated in Hamilton between 1993 and 1994, but it had no connection to the original Radio Waikato. It broadcast on 576AM and 100.0FM, with the AM frequency taken up by Radio Liberty and the FM frequency taken over by Radio Hauraki.[18]


Market Location Frequency
01. Northland Kaitaia 92.4 FM
02. Northland Whangarei 92.4 FM
03. Auckland Auckland 1476 AM
04. Waikato Hamilton 954 AM
05. Bay of Plenty Tauranga 94.8 FM
06. Bay of Plenty Tauranga 873 AM
07. Rotorua Rotorua 1548 AM
08. Taupo Taupo 91.2 FM
09. Taupo Taupo 1386 AM
10. Whakatane Whakatane 96.1 FM
11. Gisborne Gisborne 1485 AM
12. Hawke's Bay Napier 549 AM
13. Taranaki New Plymouth 97.2 FM
14. Wanganui Wanganui 828 AM
15. Manawatu Palmerston North 828 AM
16. Wairarapa Masterton 91.1 FM
17. Kapiti Kapiti 93.5 FM
18. Wellington Wellington 711 AM
19. Nelson Nelson 990 AM
20. Marlborough Blenheim 105.7 FM
21. West Coast Westport 93.3 FM
22. West Coast Greymouth 89.1 FM
23. West Coast Greymouth 93.9 FM
24. West Coast Hokitika 89.1 FM
25. Canterbury Christchurch 1260 AM
26. Ashburton Ashburton 1071 AM
27. South Canterbury Timaru 1242 AM
28. North Otago Oamaru 89.6 FM
29. Dunedin Dunedin 1206 AM
30. Central Otago Alexandra/Cromwell 107.1 FM
31. Queenstown Wanaka 106.8 FM
32. Queenstown Queenstown 93.6 FM
33. Southland Invercargill 1224 AM


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