It began as the student radio station for Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) in 1977, broadcasting on the AM frequency. It 1981 it became the first radio station in New Zealand to ommence broadcast on the newly-available FM frequency. In 1989 VUWSA decided that Radio Active could not make anymore losses, and sold the station to radioactive ltd, in the hope that the station could become financially viable. Radio Active commenced on-line broadcasting in 1997, being one of the first radio stations to do so.
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