Changes to Radio Live host line-up

Wendyl Nissen is joining MediaWorks talk station, RadioLIVE as host the Afternoon Talk show.

Also confirmed today is Ali Mau as Drive host and Mitch Harris as Night Talk from Monday, June 26.

“I’m delighted to be given the chance to create the radio show I’ve always wanted to listen to,” Nissen told Newshub.

“I’m looking forward to using my magazine and television experience to create three hours of radio each day which delivers entertainment but also news you can use, and skills you can learn.”

New Radio Live line-up:

First@Five with James Coleman
The AM Show with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies & Mark Richardson
Morning Talk with Mark Sainsbury
Afternoon Talk with Wendyl Nissen
Drive with Ali Mau
Newshub Live at 6pm Simulcast
In Focus with Kim Blair
Night Talk with Mitch Harris

Karyn Hay goes solo on RadioLive

Karyn Hay will be the solo host of RadioLIVE’s evening talk show after Anzac Weekend, with co-host Andrew Fagan, leaving the station.

GM Talk Brands, Jana Rangooni says: “On behalf of MediaWorks, I want to thank Andrew for his contribution to RadioLIVE, and wish him well for the future.

“I’m delighted that Karyn will continue with us as a solo host, and look forward to hearing the show she is working on with Network Director Cliff Joiner and the Production Team.”

Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan are currently on leave, so David Slack is hosting the evening talk show, 8pm-midnight on RadioLIVE.

Marcus Lush heads to ZB as Kerre moves to daytime (We’ll miss you from nights Kerre)


NMZE. has confirmed they have signed talented multi-media broadcaster Marcus Lush. In what is being dubbed the ‘steal’ of the year, Lush will finish with Mediaworks mid-next year, joining NZME.

at the end of 2015. He will host the night show on Newstalk ZB, but Dallas Gurney, General Manager (Talk) says someone with Lush’s talent the potential is endless.

“Marcus is a brilliant broadcaster – he’s is Radio Live’s most successful performer but he is also a favourite with New Zealanders on screen and he writes well. NZME. offers him the opportunity to showcase all of his talents. Marcus is a natural fit to work with us as we continue to grow our #1 rating nationwide night show on Newstalk ZB. He’s bloody top talent, one of the best and he deserves to be working with the best.”

Lush says the year ahead is looking exciting.

“While I’ve enjoyed my time on breakfast, night-time talk on Newstalk ZB is my natural home. NZME. is an exciting new media company to work for and Newstalk ZB is the pinnacle of talk radio. They are professionals and I can’t wait to get started.”

Gurney confirmed incumbent host Kerre McIvor will be moving to afternoons as part of a yet to be announced new show. McIvor says she couldn’t have handed her show over to just anyone.

“I have absolute faith in Marcus to look after my people… he’s the right person for the job.”

Gurney added, “Kerre is one of our stars and is ready for a new challenge. Danny Watson will not be renewing his contract at the end of next year. He’s decided to concentrate on his bee business and honey school. He’s been talking about this for a bit so while we are sad to see Danny depart after 15 years with us, the timing works to create something different and exciting in afternoons for 2016 while Marcus’ involvement at nights will bring a brand new audience to night-time talk radio.”

Mark Sainsbury joins Radio Live


Mark Sainsbury has signed with RadioLIVE to host Sunday Mornings with Mark Sainsbury (6am-11am).

Sunday Mornings with Mark Sainsbury takes a look back at the major news events of the week, previews the week ahead and interviews a diverse range of engaging subjects. The 9am Soundtrack to Your Life feature takes an in-depth look at the lives and musical influences of well-known New Zealanders with Winston Peters in the hot seat this weekend.

Mark Sainsbury says: “There’s probably nothing I hate more than having to get up early on a Sunday morning – but even I think it’s worth it to catch the exciting mix of contributors to RadioLIVE, whether it’s dealing with financial infidelity or the music that shapes people’s lives.

“Given the line-up RadioLIVE already boasts, there is nowhere that’s a better fit for me than joining the accomplished and opinionated team that changes the way we listen to radio.”

Jana Rangooni, General Manager – Talk Brands for MediaWorks Radio says: “Mark has been filling in on the Sunday morning slot since the departure of Wallace Chapman in March, and his personality and experience as a broadcaster are real assets to the station.

“I’m delighted to have secured him to join our incredibly talented line up of broadcasters.”

Mark Sainsbury is one of New Zealand’s most experienced journalists. He hosted daily current affairs programme Close Up for six years, and is a former foreign correspondent and political editor for One News. The award-winning presenter has interviewed world figures from every spectrum including every New Zealand Prime Minister and opposition leader since Rob Muldoon. His passion for classic cars and bikes, food and wine are well known.

Radio Live to broadcast live from Christchurch to mark quake anniversary


To mark the third anniversary of the Canterbury earthquake, the biggest outside broadcast in RadioLIVE ‘s history will take place tomorrow (Friday 21st February) with all daytime hosts (Marcus Lush, Sean Plunket, Willie Jackson, Alison Mau, Duncan Garner, Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan) broadcasting live from Christchurch ahead of the official anniversary on Saturday.

RadioLIVE will be broadcasting from two central Christchurch locations and will be talking to the people rebuilding their lives, homes and city and looking ahead to the next chapter for Canterbury.

Programme Director Rik Van Dijk says: ““The people of Canterbury are never far from our thoughts and RadioLIVE is in Christchurch to see how the people are coping, to share their stories and to report back on the progress of the rebuild.”

Marcus Lush, Sean Plunket, Karyn Hay and Andrew Fagan will be broadcasting from the Cardboard Cathedral with Willie Jackson, Alison Mau and Duncan Garner broadcasting LIVE from outside Ballantynes at Cashel Mall.

Marcus Lush, 6-9am

Gerry Brownlee – Earthquake Recovery Minister, Lianne Dalziel – Mayor, Peter Brown – CTV families’ spokesperson, Todd Blackadder – Crusaders’ Coach.

Sean Plunket, 9am-Midday

Ali Jones – Christchurch City Councillor, John Sellwood – Campbell Live Reporter, Michael Gorman – Christchurch City Missioner, Jane Bowron – Christchurch Press Columnist.

Willie Jackson & Alison Mau, Midday-3pm

Hamish Clark – 3News Reporter, Joe Bennett – Writer and Columnist.

Duncan Garner, 3-6pm

Sir Bob Parker – Former Mayor, Tom Hooper – Chief Executive Officer CDC, Lee Germon – CEO of Canterbury Cricket, Gerry Brownlee – Earthquake Recovery Minister, Michael Gorman – Christchurch City Missioner.


• CARDBOARD CATHEDRAL – 234 Hereford St, Christchurch Central

• BALLANTYNES – Cashel Mall

If the weather is bad, all shows will be broadcast from the Cardboard Cathedral

Alison Mau leaving TVNZ and teaming up with Willie Jackson for new Radio Live show


Broadcaster Ali Mau is joining RadioLIVE.

The Seven Sharp presenter will leave TVNZ to take up her RadioLIVE contract, teaming up with Willie Jackson to host a new early afternoon programme.

Jana Rangooni, General Manager – Talk Brands for MediaWorks Radio says:

“Ali is a hugely talented broadcaster. She’s smart, has strong opinions, a great sense of humour and the dynamic between her and Willie will create great talk radio. She is a fantastic addition to the RadioLIVE stable.”

Ali Mau has been a journalist for more than 20 years, reporting for news organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including a stint as London correspondent for China’s CTS Network, which broadcasts to over 50 million viewers. Her New Zealand television presenting work includes news programmes Newsnight, Breakfast, ONE News, Fair Go, Seven Sharp and lifestyle series Home Front.

The launch date for the new show will be announced in due course.