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List of New Zealand radio station callsigns

New Zealand's radio stations were once known by their callsigns. Callsigns usually broadcast their callsigns as a number followed by X, Y, or Z, and annother letter (e.g. 1YA).

This is a list of New Zealand radio stations callsigns.

Callsign Ethmology

All radio stations callsigns started with ZL, although this was excluded when broadcast.

The number referred to the geographical area:

1 North Island north of Taupo
2 North Island south of Taupo, Nelson and Marlborough
3 South Island north of the Waitaki River, excluding Nelson and Marlborough
4 South Island south of Waitaki River

The first letter referred to the type of station:

X Private commercial stations
Y Radio New Zealand non-commercial stations
Z Radio New Zealand commercial stations (now The Radio Network)

For private stations, beginnning with X, the final letter in the callsign was usually the first letter of the name of the station or the name of the town the station was based in or simply a letter chosen by the station.

For non-commercial stations beginning with the letter Y, the four main centres (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) had YA stations, the second largest centre at the time was typically assigned a YZ station such as 3YZ in Greymouth and 4YZ in Southland, this was for National Radio. For other regions the final letter was typically the first letter the location. The Concert Programme in the 4 main centres was assigned YC and at this stage only broadcast in the main centres however the Concert Programme was relayed onto other stations during evenings.

The last letter was either the first letter of the location, (e.g. 1ZH in Hamilton and 4ZG in Gore) or was assigned in order with ZB going to the 4 main centres (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) and ZA going to the second largest region at the time such as 1ZA Taupo, 2ZA Palmerston North, 3ZA Greymouth and 4ZA Invercargill.

This system of allocating call signs was for AM radio stations only, the very few FM radio stations that were operating had 3 letters in the callsign, the first number remained the same. Radio stations that were originally on AM but began broadcasting on FM often kept the AM callsign name or an additional letter was added to the existing callsign name. Some examples are 2ZM in Wellington became 2ZZM (but at this point branded as ZMFM) and 1XX in Whakatane became 1XXX but remained branded as One Double X. Callsigns for these stations were often an abbreviation of the stations brand name. The FM callsigns assigned to Concert FM usually followed the format of the area number, the first letter of the city or region and then the letters CP (Concert Programme), for example 1ACP in Auckland and 4DCP in Dunedin. National Radio was not broadcasting on FM when stations were allocated callsigns so no callsigns were ever allocated to National Radio's FM frequencies.

List of Callsigns

The following is a list of some of the callsigns assigned to radio stations prior to 1990 when New Zealand radio stations stopped assigning call signs.

Region 1

AM Stations

Radio stations that originally broadcast on an AM frequency.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
1XA Auckland Radio Hauraki—holder of the first comm. licence
1XI Auckland I = Radio i Originally Radio i and later Easy Listening i, today known as Easy Mix
1XP Auckland P = Radio Pacific The original Radio Pacific station, now BSport
1XW Hamilton W = Waikato Waikato is the area name
1XX Whakatane Station still known as 1XX
1YA Auckland Radio NZ National network
1YC Auckland C = Concert Formerly used for Radio NZ Concert programme
1YE Kaikohe Radio NZ National network
1YK Kataia K = Kataia Radio NZ National network
1YW Hamilton W = Waikato Radio NZ National network
1YX Whangarei Radio NZ National network
1YZ Rotorua Radio NZ National network
1ZA Taupo Radio Lakeland, now Taupo's Classic Hits Lakeland FM
1ZB Auckland Originally 1ZB and then Newstalk 1ZB now Newstalk ZB (the very first Newstalk ZB station)
1ZC Rotorua Originally Radio Geyserland, now Rotorua's Classic Hits 97.5
1ZD Tauranga Now Classic Hits 95 BOP FM
1ZE Kaikohe Relay of Radio Northland programme which is now Classic Hits Northland
1ZH Hamilton H = Hamilton Originally 1ZH and later ZHFM now Waikato's Classic Hits 98.6 ZHFM
1ZM Auckland (originally Manurewa) M = Manurewa Originally 1ZM or 1251ZM Now Auckland's Classic Hits 97FM
1ZK Kataia K = Kataia Relay of Radio Northland programme which is now Classic Hits Northland
1ZN Northland N = Northland Originally Radio Northland Now Classic Hits Northland
1ZO South Waikato O = Otorohanga Originally Radio Forestland now South Waikato's Classic Hits 96.4 Forestland FM
1ZU Taumaranui Now Classic Hits King Country Radio

FM Stations

Stations that originally broadcast on an FM frequency or existing stations that were assigned a new callsign after beginning broadcasting on FM.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
1KCC Northland Originally KCC FM, now More FM Northland.
1MJK Auckland MJK = Magic Used for Magic 91FM in Auckland. Station no longer operating and frequency used for 91ZM
1STU Auckland Used for 95bFM Auckland
1ACP Auckland A = Auckland CP = Concert Programme Used for Radio New Zealand Concert
1KIW Waikato KIW = Kiwi Used for 89.8 Kiwi FM. Station no longer in operation and frequency used for 89-8ZM
1WCP Waikato W = Waikato CP = Concert Programme Used for Radio New Zealand Concert
1GEY Rotorua GEY = Geyserland Used for Radio Geyserland, now Rotorua's Classic Hits 97.5
1KIS Taupo Used for KIS FM Taupo, now More FM Taupo
1TRR Taupo T = Taupo RR = Radio Rhema Radio Rhema Taupo

Region 2

AM Stations

Radio stations that originally broadcast on an AM frequency.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
2XS Palmerston North Originally 2XS now More FM Manawatu
2XX Kapiti Originally 2XX now More FM Kapiti
2XW Wellington W = Wellington or Radio Windy Originally Radio Windy now The Breeze Wellington
2YA Wellington Radio NZ National network
2YC Wellington C = Concert Formerly used for Radio NZ Concert programme
2YM Palmerston North Radio NZ National network
2YX Nelson Radio NZ National network
2ZA Palmerston North Now Manawatu's Classic Hits 97.8 ZAFM
2ZB Wellington Now part of Newstalk ZB
2ZC Napier Originally Bay City Radio now Hawke's Bay's Classic Hits 89.5
2ZD Masterton Now Classic Hits Wairarapa 90.1
2ZE Eketahuna E = Eketahuna Today a station called 2ZE operates in Eketahuna but this callsign was originally used for Radio Malborough, which today is known as Classic Hits Marlborough 96.9
2ZG Gisborne G = Gisborne Originally 2ZG The Coaster now Gisborne's Classic Hits 90.9 ZGFM
2ZH Hawera H = Hawera Used as a relay station for Radio Taranaki which is now Taranaki's Classic Hits 90FM
2ZK Hawkes Bay Started as 77ZK or Radio Apple, frequency later used for local station 96FM and now used for ZM
2ZM Wellington M = Music Now part of ZM
2ZN Nelson N = Nelson Now Nelson's Classic Hits 89.8
2ZP New Plymouth P = New Plymouth Now Taranaki's Classic Hits 90FM
2ZW Wanganui W = Wanganui Now Classic Hits River City 89.6

FM Stations

Stations that originally broadcast on an FM frequency or existing stations that were assigned a new callsign after beginning broadcasting on FM.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
2ZZP New Plymouth P = New Plymouth Assigned to Radio Taranaki when station began broadcasting on FM, 2ZP used for AM frequency. Station now branded as Taranaki's Classic Hits 90FM.
2HCP Hawkes Bay H = Hawkes Bay CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
2BAY Hawkes Bay BAY = Radio Hawkes Bay Originally used for Radio Hawkes Bay which became HOT 93FM and later More FM Hawkes Bay
2ZKK Hawkes Bay Originally used for 77ZK Radio Apple as 2ZK, FM callsign was 2ZZK and station was later branded as Greatest Hits FM96 and later Classic Rock 96FM. Station was replaced with Radio Hauraki and later ZM.
2SON Hawkes Bay SON = Son FM Used for Son FM
2MCP Manawatu M = Manawatu CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
2MMM Manawatu Radio Control
2QQ Manawatu 2QQ FM Station later replaced with 91ZM
2ZZM Wellington M = Music Call sign used for ZMFM Wellington after switching to FM
2WCP Wellington W = Wellington CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
2WVU Wellington W = Wellington VU = Victoria University Radio Active
2FFF Nelson Used for Fifeshire FM, now More FM Nelson
2NCP Nelson N = Nelson CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
2STA Marlborough Used for Easy FM, now The Breeze Marlborough

Region 3

AM Stations

Radio stations that originally broadcast on an AM frequency.

Callsign Location Callsign Meaning Notes
3XA Christchurch A = Avon Radio Avon, this station merged with C93FM which was closed down in 2001 and FM frequency now used by network station Solid Gold.
3XG Christchurch Radio Rhema Christchurch
3XP Christchurch Still operating today as Radio Ferrymead
3YA Christchurch Radio NZ National network
3YC Christchurch C = Concert Formerly used for Radio NZ Concert programme
3YR Reefton R = Reefton Radio NZ National network
3YW Westport W = Westport Radio NZ National network
3YZ Greymouth Radio NZ National network
3ZA Greymouth Now West Coast's Classic Hits Scenicland FM
3ZB Christchurch Now part of Newstalk ZB
3ZC Timaru Originally Radio Caroline now South Canterbury's Classic Hits 98.7 & 94.7
3ZE Ashburton Now Ashburton's Classic Hits 92.5 ZEFM
3ZM Christchurch M = Music Now part of ZM
3ZO Twizel Twizel callsign for relay of Radio Caroline programme. Radio Caroline is now South Canterbury's Classic Hits 98.7 & 94.7

FM Stations

Stations that originally broadcast on an FM frequency or existing stations that were assigned a new callsign after beginning broadcasting on FM.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
3CCP Christchurch C = Christchurch CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
3CCT Christchurch Plains FM
3FMX Christchurch Used for C93FM Christchurch, station no longer in operation and frequency used for Solid Gold
3RDU Christchurch Used for RDU-FM
3ZZM Christchurch M = Music Call sign used for ZMFM Christchurch after switching to FM

Region 4

AM Stations

Radio stations that originally broadcast on an AM frequency.

Callsign Location Callsign Meaning Notes
4XA Central Otago A = Alexandra Originally Radio Central now More FM Central Otago
4XC Queenstown Originally Resort Radio now More FM Queenstown
4XD Dunedin D = Dunedin The very first radio station in New Zealand Radio Dunedin
4XE Wanaka Radio Wanaka
4XF Southland F = Foveaux Radio Originally Foveaux Radio and later Foveaux FM now More FM Southland
4XL Southland Radio Rhema Southland
4XO Dunedin Originally known as 4XO now More FM Dunedin
4YA Dunedin Radio NZ National network
4YC Dunedin C = Concert Formerly used for Radio NZ Concert programme
4YQ Queenstown Q = Queenstown Radio NZ National network and was once used as a relay of the 4ZB programme.
4YW Alexandra Radio NZ National network and was once used as a relay of the 4ZB programme.
4YZ Southland Radio NZ National network
4ZA Invercargill Now Southland's Classic Hits 98.8 ZAFM
4ZB Dunedin Originally 4ZB and later ZBFM now Dunedin's Classic Hits 89.4
4ZG Gore G = Gore Originally Hokonui Radio or 4ZG now known as Hokonui Gold

FM Stations

Stations that originally broadcast on an FM frequency or existing stations that were assigned a new callsign after beginning broadcasting on FM.

Callsign Station Location Callsign Meaning Notes
4SKI Queenstown Used by Q92 FM Queenstown, now Q92 The Breeze
4DCP Dunedin D = Dunedin CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert
4SAO Dunedin Radio One
4ZZB Dunedin Callsign used for 4ZB FM frequency, station branded as ZBFM after switching to FM, Dunedin's Classic Hits 89.4
4SCP Southland S = Southland CP = Concert Programme Radio New Zealand Concert

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