In April 1993 a couple of local lads with too much time on their hands, decided owning a radio station might be an interesting way
to earn a living. One, a former farmer, the other a broadcaster, they approached Radio New Zealand (RNZ) about the possibility of purchasing its Gore based operation.
4ZG, as it was then known, had been reduced to just 4 hours of local broadcast per day a year earlier, and in the eyes of many was dying a slow and painful death.
A year long negotiating process followed, one which culmited on Monday, April 11th 1994 at 6.00am. 4ZG became Hokonui Gold broadcasting on 558 AM.
In June of 2004 Hokonui Gold was leased to The Radio Network - meaning we can now call on TRN's resources to do an even better job for clients and listeners, while maintaining our own local identity.
Now, over ten years down the track, Hokonui Gold remains at ‘the heart of the south.’
We broadcast from the top floor of the Grants Building on Gore’s Main Street, reaching all points of Southland and south-west Otago on 94.8 FM. Here’s where we get to...Specifically targeting the south's rural market, our programmes include the Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Nufarm Farming Show and the Southern Farming Muster with Southern Farm Machinery. We're not afraid to break the mould of commercial radio station clones you’ll find up and down the dial, up and down the country.
Get our Simple Radio app for iOS devices (download here). Android app is coming soon, so stay tuned!
We've also developed a mobile website that will work on all devices. You can check it out by visiting our mobile radio site from your phone or tablet's mobile browser - it's free, no download required.