Radio Sport

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Radio Sport
Radio Sport Logo 2015
Broadcast areaNew Zealand
FormatNews, sports talk, sports commentary
OwnerNZME 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[edit]

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.

Radio Sport[edit]

Radio Sport

Sports Roundup was replaced with dedicated Radio Sport network through its privatisation of the sports commentary department in 1996.

The station has been targeted at male sports fans since its outset. 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. Unless the network is taking live commentary from a sporting event, Radio Sport simulcasts Newstalk ZB Monday-Thursday 19:00-20:00 and weekends 6:00-9:00 and 12:00-18:00.


Radio Sport consists of nationally broadcast domestic and international sports programming. Local opt-outs are limited to ad breaks and some seasonal programming.

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

Early Breakfast[edit]

The Country 'Early Edition' presented by Dominic George Tuesday - Saturday from 5am until 6am from the Dunedin Studios featuring highlights of the 12PM show and a cross to the Radio Sport Breakfast team.


Radio Sport's programming is led by its breakfast programme. Since 2017 the breakfast programme is Radio Sport Breakfast with Kent Johns, Nathan Rarere and Marc Peard from 6am until 9am. The programme also features News and Sport Every 30 minutes. 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 was joined by Andrew Mulligan joining him in late 2013 to host the Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast. In 2015 it was announced that Richardson was to leave the show in the middle of that year, with former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull to take over as co-host a fortnight after Richardson's departure. The Crowd Goes Wild Breakfast remained on air until the end of 2016.


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.


The Country with Jamie MacKay presented from the Dunedin studios between 12pm-1pm. This show is broadcast on all Radio Sport stations except in Auckland.

The afternoon talkback programme between Midday and 4pm on the station is hosted by Daniel McHardy from the Wellington studios. Between 12-1 PM the show only airs on the Auckland station, due to all other stations airing the rural based programme The Country. 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 show between 4pm and 7pm weekdays which features regular guests, interviews and sums up the days top sporting stories.


Sportstalk with D'Arcy Waldegrave from Monday-Thursday nights 7pm-8pm (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB).


Reloaded hosted by Eli Mwaijumba from 8pm until 10pm. Reloaded features interviews, highlights, reaction and the best live sport. Until 2017 the previous night show 'The Night Train' was a Talkback-based show.


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 and Watson and other simulcast programming from Newstalk ZB.

  • Fridays 7pm-10pm - Super Rugby commentaries
  • Fridays 10pm-12am - The Continuous Call Team
  • Saturdays 6am-9am - The All Sports Breakfast with Nigel Yalden (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB)
  • Saturdays & Sundays 9am-12pm - Radio Sport Weekender with Mark Watson
  • Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-6pm - Weekend Sport with Mark Watson (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB).
  • Saturdays 2pm-5pm Saturday Rugby Club (Radio Sport Wellington Only)
  • Saturdays 2pm-5pm Otago Score Board (Radio Sport Dunedin Only)
  • Saturdays 6pm-12am - Saturday Night Sport: Live sports commentaries with the Radio Sport commentary team
  • Sundays 6am-8am - Sunday Mornings with The Resident Builder (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB)
  • Sundays 8am-9am - The Sports Power Hour with Mark Watson (Simulcast from Newstalk ZB)
  • Sundays 6pm-8pm - NRL Live' courtest of ABC Grandstand


This is a map of Radio Sport stations operating in 2016.


These are the frequencies Radio Sport broadcasts on:

Historic frequencies[edit]

These are the frequencies Sports Roundup broadcast on:


External links[edit]