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The History Of Radio Central

1981

The original Radio Central started broadcasting from Central Otago in 1981 as an off-shoot of Radio Otago 4XO. Independent breakfast shows aired in Queenstown and Wanaka before reverting to the Alexandra studio from 10am - 6pm and then 4XO in Dunedin from 6pm – 6am.

Early 2000s

Radio Central became More FM around the turn of the century after being purchased by Radioworks. Central Otago's More FM is now networked from Studios in Queenstown.

2001 - 2008

Independently owned Blue Skies FM was established in 2001 as a radio station to serve the local community, broadcasting to the Alexandra basin, Cromwell, the Maniototo, Teviot Valley and beyond. Blue Skies FM ceased broadcasting at the end of September '08 being replaced by Easy Listening Brand, The Breeze.

2013 - 2016

Following Mediaworks corporate 2013 decision to move all Central Otago and Lakes District live broadcast activity to Queenstown, Central Otago was left without a local radio station until the creation of independently owned Classic Gold Central in September 2013 on Blossom Festival Weekend. Transmitting from a co-site with Radio Rhema in the Waikerikeri Valley on 91.9FM, the station re-established the service of providing local information to the district. Classic Gold Central was re-branded as Local Radio Central sometime in 2016.

2018

On April 1st 2018 the station was purchased by new owners, who again re-branded the station as Radio Central. The new Radio Central has transmitters located at Waikerikeri Valley (91.9), Cromwell (91.9), Roxburgh (94.3) and Wedderburn (104.3). They are the only radio station to cover all Central Otago.

The History Of Radio Central

The original Radio Central started broadcasting from Central Otago in 1981 as an off-shoot of Radio Otago 4XO. Independent breakfast shows aired in Queenstown and Wanaka before reverting to the Alexandra studio from 10am - 6pm and then 4XO in Dunedin from 6pm – 6am.

1981

Early 2000s

Radio Central became More FM around the turn of the century after being purchased by Radioworks. Central Otago's More FM is now networked from Studios in Queenstown.

Independently owned Blue Skies FM was established in 2001 as a radio station to serve the local community, broadcasting to the Alexandra basin, Cromwell, the Maniototo, Teviot Valley and beyond. Blue Skies FM ceased broadcasting at the end of September '08 being replaced by Easy Listening Brand, The Breeze.

2001 - 2008

2013 - 2016

Following Mediaworks corporate 2013 decision to move all Central Otago and Lakes District live broadcast activity to Queenstown, Central Otago was left without a local radio station until the creation of independently owned Classic Gold Central in September 2013 on Blossom Festival Weekend. Transmitting from a co-site with Radio Rhema in the Waikerikeri Valley on 91.9FM, the station re-established the service of providing local information to the district. Classic Gold Central was re-branded as Local Radio Central sometime in 2016.

On April 1st 2018 the station was purchased by new owners, who again re-branded the station as Radio Central. The new Radio Central has transmitters located at Waikerikeri Valley (91.9), Cromwell (91.9), Roxburgh (94.3) and Wedderburn (104.3). They are the only radio station to cover all Central Otago.

2018

2020

On January 8—the birthdays of Elvis Presley and David Bowie—we launch into the Wakatipu Basin. Locally owned radio is back and broadcasting on 96FM.