Radio Sport

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Radio Sport
Broadcast area New Zealand
Frequency Various
Format News, sports talk, sports commentary
Owner NZME Radio

Radio Sport (previously Sports Roundup) is a New Zealand sports radio network and the talkback sister network of Newstalk ZB. It has commentary rights for most cricket matches, international and domestic rugby union games, NRL rugby league games, trans-Tasman basketball and New Zealand tennis tournaments.

The network also updates developments at golfing events, bowls tournaments and other sporting events. At other times Radio Sport plays talkback and hourly news and sports updates.


Sports Roundup

Radio Sport began as Sports Roundup, a Radio New Zealand programme during the 1980s and early 1990s that provided live commentary of summer sports like cricket. It was broadcast on several frequencies around the country on a time-share with the AM Network on frequencies historically used for The Concert Programme. Sports Roundup was replaced with dedicated Radio Sport network through its the privatisation of the sports commentary department in 1996.

The station has been targeted at male sports fans since its outset. Programming has included breakfast announcers Mark Richardson, and afternoon host Kent Johns, drive time host D'Arcy Waldegrave and weekend and night time hosts Lee Radovanovich, Mark Watson, Clint Brown, Murray Deaker, Matt Brown and Kevin Hart. Most programming has been broadcast live from the Radio Sport studio on the corner of Cook and Nelson Streets in Auckland City.

As Newstalk ZB's sister network, Radio Sport has provided all sports news coverage for the Newstalk ZB news service carried by Newstalk ZB, Classic Hits FM, ZMFM, Radio Rhema, Radio Hauraki, Southern Star, Coast and Life FM since its inception. Between 19:00 and 20:00 weekdays and between 12:00 and 18:00 weekends and public holidays Radio Sport simulcasts Newstalk ZB sports programming from Murray Deaker and Willy Losé, unless the network is taking live commentary from a sporting event.


Radio Sport consists of nationally broadcast domestic and international sports programming. Local opt-outs are limited to ad breaks and a choice between Kent Johns and The Farming Show at 12:00.

Radio Sport also provides a sports-based news service, produced in house, and updated at regular intervals .


Monday - Friday 6am - 9am The Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast with Mark Richardson and Andrew Mulligan. News and Sport Every 30 minutes. Radio Sport's programming is led by its breakfast programme. Until 17 July 2008 the programme was presented by ONE News sports presenter Tony Veitch, but Veitch resigned from his roles with Radio Sport and ONE News after allegations that Veitch assaulted his girlfriend in 2006. Veitch confessed on 8 July 2008 that such allegations were true, at a press conference and resigned on 17 July. The vacancy was filled by former drive-time presenter D'arcy Waldegrave, with former New Zealand cricketer Mark Richardson as his co-host. Richardson is now the host of the Breakfast show with Andrew Mulligan joining him in late 2013 to host the Crown Goes Wild Breakfast.


Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm The Devlin Radio Show (DRS) with Martin Devlin. The 9-12 slot was filled by veteran sports broadcaster Brendan Telfer until 2013. From 2014 experienced sport broadcaster Martin Devlin took over the slot after being shifted from sister station Radio Hauraki. The show features regular correspondents, interviews and talkback.


Monday - Friday 12pm - 1pm. The Farming Show with Jamie MacKay (Nationwide But Wellington via Radio Sports AM frequencies only).

Monday - Friday 12pm - 4pm. The Sports Vox with Kent Johns (12PM-1PM hour only broadcast in Wellington via FM Frequency. The afternoon talkback programme between Midday and 3pm on the station is hosted by Kent Johns. Between 12-1, the show only airs on the Auckland and Wellington FM frequencies, due to other frequencies including Radio Sports Auckland and Wellington AM frequencies airing the rural The Farming Show. After 1pm though, the show airs nationwide. The show primarily features calls from its listeners and predicts the weekend's sports on Friday afternoons.

Drive Show[edit]

D'Arcy Waldegrave and Goran Paladin host the drive programme The Sauce between 4pm-7pm. The show features regular guests, interviews and sums up the days top sporting stories.


Sportstalk with Tony Veitch and Mark Watson Monday - Friday 7pm - 8pm (Simulcast with Newstalk ZB), Radio Sport simulcasts Newstalk ZB's sports talkback programme. Hosted by Tony Vietch and Mark Watson


Mark Watson continues Monday - Friday 8pm - 12am to host The Night Train. Talkback is the main feature of the evening programme. Previously the slot was hosted by various radio sport hosts.


Overnight, Radio Sport airs FOX Sports Radio from America, through a live internet feed or Talksport simulcast during the English Premier League season.


Weekends are dominated by live commentaries, punctuated by shows with Veitch, Brown and Watson.

  • Saturdays 6am-9am - The Hashbrown Breakfast with Matt Brown
  • Saturdays 9am-12pm - The Cauldron With Mark Watson
  • Saturdays 12pm-6pm Veitch on Sport (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB). (Radio Sport Dunedin present a local breakout with Otago Scoreboard during the Winter Sport Season between 2pm - 5pm Hosted by Craig Cumming and Tom Mackay)
  • Saturdays 6pm-12am -Live sports commentaries with the Radio Sport commentary team
  • Sundays 6am-8am - The Country Sport Breakfast with Kevin Hart
  • Sundays 9am-10am - The Sports Power Hour
  • Sunday 12pm-6pm - Veitch on Sport (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB)
  • Sundays 6pm-8pm - NRL Live' courtest of ABC Grandstand
  • Sundays 8pm-12am - The Sunday Roast].


AM frequencies[edit]

Market Location Frequency
01. Northland Whangarei AM -729 kHz
02. Auckland Auckland AM 1332 kHz
03. Waikato Hamilton AM -792 kHz
04. Bay of Plenty Tauranga AM 1521 kHz
05. Rotorua Rotorua AM 1350 kHz
06. Taranaki New Plymouth AM -774 kHz
07. Hawke's Bay Napier AM 1125 kHz
08. Whanganui Wanganui AM 1062 kHz
09. Manawatu Palmerston North AM 1089 kHz
10. Kapiti Paraparaumu AM 1377 kHz
11. Wellington Wellington AM 1503 kHz
12. Nelson Nelson AM -549 kHz
13. Canterbury Christchurch AM 1503 kHz
14. Ashburton Ashburton AM -702 kHz
15. South Canterbury Timaru AM 1494 kHz
16. Otago Dunedin AM -693 kHz
17. Southland Invercargill AM -558 kHz

FM frequencies[edit]

Market Location Frequency
01. Taupo Taupo FM 107.7 MHz
02. Wairarapa Masterton FM -91.9 MHz
03. Marlborough Blenheim FM -98.5 MHz
04. West Coast Greymouth FM -89.9 MHz

Historic frequencies[edit]

Sports Roundup commentaries aired on seven frequencies before 1996.

Location Frequency
01. Auckland AM 882 kHz
02. Hamilton AM 792 kHz
03. Napier AM 909 kHz
04. Wellington AM 657 kHz
05. Chistchurch AM 963 kHz
06. Dunedin AM 900 kHz
07. Invercargill AM 1026 kHz


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