– Recorded in November of 2007, a scoped aircheck from Southland’s Classic Hits 98.8 ZAFM, featuring announcer Murray Lindsay.
Classic Hits network voicing in this clip is by John Sweetman.
BRIEF STATION HISTORY
– Radio 4ZA was established in October of 1956. It broadcast on 820 kHz until December of 1978, when its frequency was adjusted to 864 kHz.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the station was known as Radio Southland. A relay of Radio Southland was established on 612 kHz in the small Fiordland town of Te Anau, using the call-sign 4ZF. The 400 watt Te Anau service also featured a weekly local news roundup which was generated from the 4YZ studio in Invercargill. On rare occasions, local broadcasts were also conducted on 612 kHz in conjunction with events and promotions in the Te Anau area.
In 1984, Radio Southland became known as Southland’s 4ZA.
In June of 1991, 4ZA commenced transmission on 98.8 MHz, and subsequently became known as Classic Hits 4ZA FM. The station also continued to simulcast its programmes on 864 kHz. Between 1991 and 1993, specialty programming such as talkback and country music was broadcast exclusively on the AM frequency.
On 4 December 1993, Classic Hits 4ZA FM was re-branded as Classic Hits ZAFM, making it a part of the newly established Classic Hits nationwide brand.
In 1994, the Newstalk ZB network was launched on the 864 AM frequency.
In late 1996, an FM relay of Classic Hits ZAFM was established in Te Anau on 90.4 MHz. The existing AM frequency which had served the town since the early 1980s, was switched off several months later.
Between 1996 and 1999, Classic Hits ZAFM was also simulcast on 558 kHz in Gore.
In 2001, Classic Hits ZAFM’s on-air name was adjusted to Classic Hits 98.8 ZAFM.
In 2008, the station’s on-air name was shortened to Classic Hits 98.8.
In 2014, Classic Hits was re-branded as The Hits.