Radio Active (New Zealand)

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Radio Active
City Wellington, New Zealand
Broadcast area Wellington
Frequency 88.6 MHz
First air date 1977; 40 years ago (1977)
Format alternative
Webcast stream

Radio Active is an alternative radio station broadcasting in Wellington, New Zealand. It broadcasts on 88.6FM (formerly 89 FM) as well as streaming online at It began as the student radio station for Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) in 1977, broadcasting on the AM frequency. In 1981 it became the first radio station in New Zealand to commence broadcast on the newly available FM frequency.[1] In August 1992 VUWSA decided that Radio Active could not make any more losses, and sold the station to radioactive ltd in the hope that the station could become financially viable.[2] Radio Active commenced online broadcasting in 1997, being one of the first radio stations in New Zealand to do so.

Today has a very strong presence and following throughout the capital. It has a very strong listenership of around 45,000 weekly[1] plus a huge online audience via its website. With a highly talented pool of volunteer announcers, many of whom have been with the station for over fifteen years, Radio Active is renowned for the wide variety of interesting music that it plays.


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Radioactive.FM. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  2. ^ "A History of Student Radio, Episode 3". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 

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