Radio Sport

For the amateur radio competition, see Radiosport.
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

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

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. Programming includes breakfast announcers Mark Richardson and Andrew Mulligan, morning host Martin Devlin, afternoon host Kent Johns, drive time host D'Arcy Waldegrave and weekend and night time hosts, Mark Watson, Daniel McHardy, Matt Brown and Kevin Hart. A show called The Good Chaps broadcasts between 6pm and midnight on the weekends, which has a rotation of hosts between Guy Heveldt, Brenton Vannisselroy, Elliott Smith and Adam Cooper who are all journalists and newsreaders for Radio Sport during the week. 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 Tony Veitch with Sportstalk 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 Country 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 Andrew Mulligan and Simon Doull. 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 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.


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 Country 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 4pm 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

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.


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


These are the frequencies Radio Sport broadcasts on:

Historic frequencies

These are the frequencies Sports Roundup broadcast on:

  • Auckland - 882 AM
  • Hamilton - 792 AM
  • Napier - 909 AM
  • Wellington - 657 AM

  • Christchurch - 963 AM
  • Dunedin - 900 AM
  • Invercargill - 1026 AM


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