The above link is taken from RadioApp, which sends out a comprehensive rundown of their log most of the time (sometimes they don’t).
It wouldn’t be the worst idea. I wouldn’t mind if it extended to Wave FM as well, as that would be an improvement over their own log, and would also improve their ratings, who are rating 13% behind the market-leading independently-owned i98FM (WIN’s radio arm is considered to be an independent owner according to CRA).
I would imagine that Hot Tomato under Grant ownership would start taking Kate, Tim & Marty at 5-7pm weekdays, followed by The Random 30 Countdown. Therefore, all the Gold Coast commercial FM stations would be airing networked drive programs, with Sea airing Hughesy & Kate, whilst Gold airs Kennedy Molloy.
I’d be expecting cuts in areas that can be run out of the Sunshine Coast office too, such as news and digital. And probably talent too - Grant love to voice track shifts with talent from neighboring markets.
Yes imagine if they could buy 882 in Brisbane then I guess they could put River and Hot on DAB in Brisbane. I’m not sure if there would be overlap issues though? Hot and River both have some overlap with Brisbane, but not with each other so there’s no “3 station” overlap technically if they owned 882…
It’s a bit sad to see another independent station go, especially one so successful. If Grants are smart they will keep changes to a minimum and as you say try and keep the successful team together for a while
While its music isn’t always my cup of tea, the commitment to being live and local longer than the SCA competitors has got to be admired, and is surely part of their success. Hopefully it continues under the new owners
I’d love to know how much they paid for it though - I’d be sure Hans and co have made a pretty little retirement fund out of selling
One thing I did go look up to check about a merger with Ace, they’d be fine with 3CS/Mixx in Colac - the overlap with Geelong’s market is currently 25% (with the threshold being 30%).
There’s a few of the existing adjacent Ace markets that are close to overlapping - Hamilton/Warnambool is ~27% as is Wangaratta/Albury - so it’d make sense to make a move before there’s a risk that the next census could throw some of those into a breach and require them to sell off some of the Ace stations.