The “voice of the America’s Cup” PJ Montgomery joins Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio

MEDIA RELEASE – 11 December 2020

The “voice of the America’s Cup” PJ Montgomery joins Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio to lead 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA radio commentary.

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) has confirmed pre-eminent yachting commentator Peter ‘PJ’ Montgomery will anchor its live radio commentary for the 36th America’s Cup across Gold AM, Newstalk ZB and iHeartRadio.

 NZME will have live radio coverage of every race from the PRADA America’s Cup World Series later this month through to the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA in March in partnership with TV rights holder TVNZ

 The name “PJ Montgomery” is synonymous with the world’s oldest international sports event. His first America's Cup began in 1980, delivering live commentary of every America's Cup race involving a New Zealand boat from Race 1 of the 1986/87 Louis Vuitton Cup on October 5, 1986, when KZ-7 took on Heart of America.

 During that era, Montgomery anchored the live commentary of New Zealand's three America's Cup wins in 1995, 2000 and 2017, as well as the many heart-breakers in between.

 Montgomery’s contribution to the world of America’s Cup will be recognised next year when he will be inducted into the esteemed America’s Cup “Hall of Fame”.

Usually reserved for multiple America's Cup winners, notable team principals, designers of multiple Cup winners or others with decades of America's Cup involvement, Montgomery is just the third “chronicler” to be given the honour.

 In the meantime, he’s focussed on his next challenge.

 “I am delighted to be anchoring our radio coverage on Gold AM, Newstalk ZB and iHeartRadio for this America’s Cup. Being across each of these networks and on iHeartRadio means Kiwis can access up to the moment commentary and America’s Cup news as it happens.

 “I love radio. It all started for me back in 1970 covering the OK Dinghy Worlds, and then the 1971 One Ton Cup. The immediacy, the flexibility and the energy of radio suits the excitement of a super charged event like the America’s Cup perfectly,” said Montgomery.

 Montgomery is renowned for his fleet of yachting connections accessed via an invaluable black book of contacts. Contacts he’ll be calling on to join his commentary team based in a special broadcast centre set up on Auckland’s Viaduct.

 “Many of the biggest names in America’s Cup including previous Cup winners, as well as those involved in the racing out on the water will be joining me and the team. My aim is to provide the best possible inside access ensuring New Zealanders get all the America’s Cup intel across the 3 months of racing,” said Montgomery.

The PRADA 36th America’s Cup in March can be heard nationwide on Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and streaming live on iHeartRadio (listen online or download the app).    

PRADA America’s Cup World Series – LIVE on Gold AM 17-19 December 2020
PRADA America’s Cup Christmas Race – LIVE on Gold AM 20 December 2020
PRADA Cup – LIVE on Gold AM 15 January – 22 February 2021
PRADA 36th America’s Cup– LIVE on Gold AM and Newstalk ZB 6 March – 15 March 2021

Auckland 89.4FM 1080AM
Alexandra 95.1FM
Ashburton 98.1 FM 873AM
Blenheim 92.1FM
Christchurch 100.1FM 1098AM 1017AM
Dunedin 1044AM
Gisborne 945AM
Greymouth 103.5FM 105.9FM
Hawke's Bay 90.3FM 1278AM
Hokitika 105.9FM
Kapiti 89.5FM
Manawatu 100.2FM 927AM
Masterton 846AM
Nelson 1341AM
New Plymouth 96.4FM
Northland 1026AM 1215AM
Oamaru 1395AM
Queenstown 89.6FM
Rotorua 747AM
Southland 864AM
Taupo 96.0FM
Tauranga 90.2FM 1008AM
Timaru 1152AM
Tokoroa 1413AM
Waikato 97.0FM 1296AM
Wanaka 90.6FM
Whanganui 1197AM
Wellington 89.3FM 1035AM
Westport 95.7FM 1287AM

Auckland 1332 AM
Ashburton 702 AM
Christchurch 1503 AM
Dunedin 693 AM
Hawkes Bay 1125 AM
Manawatu 1089 AM
Masterton 87.6 FM
Nelson 549 AM
New Plymouth 774 AM / 87.8 FM
Northland 729 AM
Rotorua 1350 AM
Southland 558 AM
South Taranaki 1557 AM / 88.2 FM
Taupo 107.7 FM
Tauranga 1521 AM
Timaru 1494 AM
Waikato 792 AM
Whanganui 1062 AM
Wellington 1503 AM

For further information please contact:
Cliff Joiner
GM Communications
New Zealand Media and Entertainment