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 Soundtrack of our Lives"
Frequency see frequencies
First air date 1 January 2012 at 9am
Format Classic rock - 60s/70s/80s
Class Terrestrial
Owner MediaWorks New Zealand
Webcast Online streaming
Website Official website

The Sound (formerly known as Solid Gold FM) 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.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Solid Gold FM was originally started in Auckland on 13 October 1997 broadcasting on 93.4FM, previously this frequency was used to broadcast 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 The Radio Network had to sell or dispose of some of their Auckland frequencies as a condition of the sale, and as a result The Radio Network 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, as there were markets where RadioWorks had taken over more than one local station. Today Solid Gold is heard in 25 markets across New Zealand.

Departure of Kevin Black[edit]

During the station's 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. A former breakfast host on Auckland's Radio Hauraki, he was once the highest-paid private radio DJ in New Zealand.[1][2] He left St. Patrick's College, Wellington at the age of 15, and was a seaman with the British Merchant Navy, before moving into radio. His 12-year spell with Solid Gold between 1997 and 2009 was his last on-air role until he died suddenly on 18 February 2013 after suffering a suspected heart attack at his home in Remuera, Auckland, just a few days short of his 70th birthday.[1]

The Sound[edit]

Late 2010 Murray Inglis also left the 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, despite being part of the station since 1998. Afternoon host Rick Rennie and former night host Peter Dakin lso moved on. 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.

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.[3] 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.

Programmes[edit]

The Sound Breakfast (06:00-10:00) currently has no permanent host. Other programmes include Days with Jennifer Bainbridge (10:00-15:00), Afternoons with Robert Taylor (15:00-19:00) and Nights with Mark Smith (19:00-01:00). Weekend programming includes Mornings with Nathan Muller (06:00-10:00), Mark Perry (10:00-14:00), Afternoons with Robert Taylor and Mark Smith (14:00-19:00) and Evenings with Mike Currie (19:00-24:00). Daily features include the Ten at 10 every morning, and the Midnight Album Showcase every evening.[4]

Mark McCarron left the breakfast show in June 2014, to make way for The Kennedy and Staufer Breakfast with Mark Kennedy and Mark Staufer.[5] However, the show was cancelled in July 2014, after co-host Mark Staufer reportedly used foul language during a late-night talkback slot he was co-hosting with Ian Wishart on Radio Live. The talkback slot also included frank and explicit discussion about masturbation and teenage abortion, with his co-host blaming his poor choice of words on tiredness. He immediately lost his place on the late-night talkback slot.[6] The situation was reviewed by MediaWorks New Zealand management and the breakfast programme was cancelled just five weeks after it had begun.[7]

Frequencies[edit]

North Island frequencies[edit]

Market Location Transmitter Frequency (MHz)
01. Northland Whangarei Maungataniwha FM 107.3 (LP)
02. Auckland Auckland Sky Tower FM 093.8
03. Waikato Hamilton Ruru FM 093.8
04. Bay of Plenty Tauranga Kopukairua FM 092.6
05. Rotorua Rotorua Pukepoto FM 091.1
06. Gisborne Gisborne Wheatstone Road RM 096.5
07. Taupo Taupo Whakaroa FM 100.0
08. Hawke's Bay Napier Mount Erin FM 091.9
09. Taranaki New Plymouth Mount Egmont FM 098.0
10. Whanganui Wanganui Bastia Hill FM 094.4
11. Manawatu New Plymouth Wharite FM 094.6
12. Wairarapa Masterton Otahoua FM 093.5
13. Kapiti Coast Paraparaumu Forest Heights FM 094.3
14. Wellington Wellington Kaukau FM 097.3
15. Wellington Wellington Haywards FM 097.3

South Island frequencies[edit]

Market Location Transmitter Frequency (MHz)
01. Nelson Nelson Grampians FM 098.4
02. Marlborough Blenheim Wither Hills FM 096.1
03. West Coast Westport Mount Rochfort FM 092.5
04. West Coast Westport Waterworks Road FM 092.5
05. West Coast Greymouth Greymouth FM 097.1
06. West Coast Greymouth Paparoa FM 091.5
07. Canterbury Christchurch Sugarloaf FM 092.9
08. Ashburton Ashburton Ashburton substation FM 095.7
09. South Canterbury Timaru Mount Horrible FM 097.1
10. North Otago Oamaru Cape Wanbrow FM 099.2
11. Central Otago Alexandra Obelisk FM 093.5
12. Queenstown Queenstown Peninsula Hill FM 097.6
13. Otago Dunedin Mount Cargill FM 090.2
14. Southland Invercargill Hedgehope FM 098.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Radio legend Kevin Black dies". NZ Herald. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Broadcaster Kevin Black dies". TVNZ. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Solid Gold makes way for ‘The Sound’". Dan News. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ The Sound Shows
  5. ^ On the Radio June 2014
  6. ^ DJ dropped from radio talkback
  7. ^ Radio host's four-letter words

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