The Sound (radio)

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The Sound
The Sound (New Zealand Radio Station) Logo.jpg
Broadcast area New Zealand
Branding The Sound
Slogan "The Greatest Music of All Time By the Artists That Still Matter"
Frequency see frequencies
First air date 1 January 2012 at 9am
Format Golden oldies
Class Terrestrial
Owner MediaWorks New Zealand
Webcast [1]

The Sound (formerly known as Solid Gold) is a New Zealand radio network owned by MediaWorks New Zealand. It features "the greatest music of all time" from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The station has a classic rock format. Solid Gold began broadcasting in late 1997. It was rebranded as The Sound on 1 January 2012. The station appeals to an older market than most popular and rock music stations in New Zealand.


Solid Gold[edit]

Solid Gold FM was originally started in Auckland on 13 October 1997 broadcasting on 93.4FM, previously this frequency was used to broadacst Kool 93 a station that played a similar format to Solid Gold. After The Radio Network purchased Kool 93's parent company Prospect Media Ltd the Commerce Commission ruled that TRN had to sell or dispose of some of their Auckland frequencies as a condition of the sale, as a result TRN chose to close down Kool 93 with the frequency going to Energy Enterprises. For several months during 1997 93.4FM was used to play temporary programme advising listeners of the launch of a new station coming soon. Solid Gold's original line up was Blackie for Breakfast, Adam "Boom Boom" Butler (10 am - 2 pm), Big Tony Amos (2 pm - 7 pm) and Brian Staff (7 pm - midnight).

Following the launch in Auckland, Energy Enterprises (which later became RadioWorks) rolled the station out across New Zealand as they were able to secure frequencies in each market. In some markets local stations were closed down and replaced with Solid Gold, these were markets where RadioWorks had taken over more than one local station. Today Solid Gold is heard in 25 Markets across New Zealand.

During the stations early days the playlist featured music from mostly the 1950s and 1960s, music from the 1950s was dropped in the early 2000s with the stations emphasis on 1960s and 1970s music for most of the decade.

The station has run several promotions sending listeners overseas, for example, to see Bruce Springsteen, to Graceland, 10 friends to Fiji, 10 friends to the Gold Coast, the 1000 Greatest Hits of the 60s and 70s countdown and more.

In 2009, long-term Breakfast host Kevin Black retired, and Blackie's Big Breakfast (featuring Alan (AJ) Whetton and David Burke-Kennedy) was replaced by Muzza in the Morning, with host Murray Inglis.

Late 2010 Murray Inglis left his breakfast show and was replaced by Mark McCarron. From boxing day 2010 the station changed their positioning statement to "The Greatest Hits of all time", meaning they were no longer restricted to just 60's and 70's music.

Daytime announcer Macca had his last show with Solid Gold on 30 December 2011 and was not part of the new rebranded station. Macca had been with the station since 1998. Afternoon host Rick Rennie was also not part of the new rebranded station. Former night host Peter Dakin now works for The Radio Network.

The last song on Solid Gold before switching over to new station The Sound was the very much fitting song "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. The second to last song was "The Times They Are a-Changin'" by Bob Dylan.

The Sound[edit]

MediaWorks Radio began broadcasting The Sound, from 1 January 2012. The first song played on The Sound following a 5-minute profile intro was Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend". Breakfast host Mark McCarron hosted the first show on The Sound.

The Sound features a classic rock format, which broadcasts on all existing Solid Gold frequencies over the country.[1] The change was made in response to competing stations Classic Hits and Radio Hauraki choosing to play newer music, the change fills the gap in 1970s and 1980s music no longer played by these stations.

Station lineup[edit]

  • Breakfast (6am-10am): The 'Top Marks' - Kennedy & Staufer
  • Daytime (10am-3pm): Jennifer Bainbridge
  • Afternoons (3pm-7pm): Robert Taylor
  • Nights (8pm - 12am): Mark Smith
  • Weekends & Mid-Dawn Vary - Announcers include: Nathan Muller, Mark Perry Mark Smith, Mark McCarron & Mike Currie.

New Zealand frequencies[edit]

The Sound stations
Market Transmitter(s) Frequency (MHz)
Whangarei 107.3 (LPFM)
Auckland Sky Tower 93.8
Waikato Ruru 93.8
Tauranga Kopukairua 92.6
Rotorua Pukepoto 91.1
Gisborne Wheatstone Road 96.5
Taupo Whakaroa 100.0
Hawke's Bay Mount Erin 91.9
Taranaki Mount Egmont 98.0
Wanganui Bastia Hill 94.4
Manawatu Wharite 94.6
Wairarapa Otahoua 93.5
Kapiti Coast Forest Heights 94.3
Wellington Kaukau
Nelson Grampians 98.4
Blenheim Wither Hills 96.1
Westport Mount Rochfort
Waterworks Road
Greymouth/Hokitika Greymouth 97.1
West Coast Paparoa 91.5
Christchurch Sugarloaf 92.9
Ashburton Ashburton substation 95.7
Timaru Mount Horrible 97.1
Oamaru Cape Wanbrow 99.2
Central Otago Obelisk 93.5
Queenstown Peninsula Hill 97.6
Dunedin Mount Cargill 90.2
Southland Hedgehope 98.0


The Sound also broadcasts online at


  1. ^ "Solid Gold makes way for ‘The Sound’". Dan News. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 

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