Easier Radio Listening Experience for Waikato Audiences

Media Release - Monday December 9th

An Easier Radio Listening Experience for Waikato Audiences

Waikato radio listeners will now benefit from a new state of the art $2million transmission tower in the Ruru hills, near Te Miro in the Waikato.
The new 59m tall tower is transmitting
clearer FM frequencies across the region. 

A localised weather event in September 2017 knocked over the previous tower and disrupted the broadcast of most Waikato radio stations for 24 hours.

Mediaworks Transmission Manager, Ray Smith says, “This has been a challenging project and a long two years, partly given the rural location at the top of a 480m hill and that it's the only transmitter tower of this type in New Zealand."

Waikato General Managers, NZME’s Grayson Bell, and Mediaworks’ Steve Rowe note that while broadcasting has been stable since the initial disruption, they are pleased that audiences will be able to tune in to their most loved radio brands on more powerful FM frequencies.

The new tower also sees the return of GfK Radio Audience Measurement across the Waikato in 2020.


For further information please contact:

Cliff Joiner

GM Communications

New Zealand Media and Entertainment