Central Coast Radio

Took a trip to Long Reef point yesterday (on Sydney northern beaches). It has great reception of the Central Coast stations. Newsradio was interesting you face one way (using my Sangean with headphone wire) you get i98 FM you face the other way its News Radio. It was pretty clear to my ears depending where you stand. Your “body” shields the signal. No sign of 2HD on 91.7 but I am sure I could get if i tried harder. Is 801 AM (SEN Track) on air now? I could not get it. That is unusual.

Coast FM (on 96.3 FM) sounds great. @RFBurns Classic hits sounds better on FM (in my view much better than the current DAB options in Sydney on 2CH or even 2UE).

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I think you meant 90.5 there.

It’s been mentioned on another thread that it has gone off-air.

I agree. Personally, I prefer Coast FM over all the local commercial stations. Musically, it has gone less soft, and at the same time, has gone a bit more modern, as in more skewed towards the 70s/80s, but still playing the odd 60s there. It’s a bit reminiscent of what 2GO sounded like in the 2000s, back when it was owned by RG, then MRR.

The Central Coast is quite lucky to have a decent community radio station that has a consistent music format on weekdays. :slight_smile:

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Yeah i remember going fishing when 2GO was FM 108 with Grandpa / Dad in a boat and losing interest with the fishing. I just enjoyed using my walkman and enjoy the classic hits rather than the fishing itself. :slight_smile: :fish: Coast Rock FM was also a great listen too.

I think you meant 90.5 there.

Yes my bad, still tried Alive FM/2HD on 90.5 it was basically static there. SWR could get signal there on the peak… That station has an excellent site. Along with HHH FM was pretty poor.

Is 801 AM (SEN Track)

Yes my gut feel was it had been posted previously.

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That’s probably because the station manager at Coast FM was the station manager at 2GO back in the 80’s when it was owned by WESGO. The Coast FM Program Director was also a DJ at 2GO back in the 90’s (I think he was there?), so yes they’ve very much wanted to turn Coast FM into that period of time, especially after 2GO changed to Triple M.

Thanks, I’ve worked hard on the processing recently, I took 5 weeks holidays from my TXA work from mid-January this year, & much to my family’s dismay, I spent 95% of it sitting re-writing the processor settings & listening intently to lots of music to get it sounding good. It also helps that pretty much the entire Classic Hits music library is now .wav audio & the studios are now also fully digital AoIP.
I’m hoping I’ll have more time over the next few months to work on getting song title & artist, now & next onto the RDS & web stream.

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Great they’re (perhaps begrudgingly) supportive of you.

Coast FM engineering is clearly a labour of love for you @RFBurns. Well done.

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For those wondering about SEN Track Gosford on 801kHz.

I’ve just been in contact with the tech that looks after the site (Sydney based).
Not long after it came back on air after the recent floods (last month), they had a direct lightning strike & it blew up 4 of the 6 Power amplifiers in the transmitter, so they were running very low power for a while, & that repair has just been given approval to go ahead by SEN.

SEN are supposed to be monitoring it, but haven’t notified the tech that is been off air again for a few weeks now, he thinks they may have more damage from the lightning strike & it’s taken the last 2 Power amplifiers out now too?

Apparently it’s a major repair needed to the TX & they will be starting on that soon, but may find other problems now, so it’ll be back on air some time soon, but they can’t give a timeline at the moment.

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Star 104.5 just played two Ed Sheeran songs within 20 mins of each other around midday - first “Shivers”, then “Overpass Graffiti”.

Usually two songs by the same artist aren’t even played in the same hour. Must be something wrong with the scheduling system.

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Former Triple M Announcer Bob Peters passed away this week. An absolute kind soul, and the nicest bloke around.

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Just for laughs, I emailed Star 104.5 last night, asking them why they had not played “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush - despite its #1 chart position.

This morning I actually received a reply from the PD telling me that they would be playing it. And they just did - for the first time, I believe.

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I heard them play it around 10:30am this morning,. BTW I have heard them play it before in the last couple of weeks, it is not on high rotation like at Nova, Hit 101.3, and i98.

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That’s interesting. Lava only shows one play, which was this morning (not that it’s always 100% reliable).

I certainly haven’t heard it on there before anyway.

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I was listening to Star 104.5 online a couple weeks back and heard it during the day. I think it was around lunch time? It’s really nice for the PD to take time to reply to you too. That’s rare.

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Yes, I was quite impressed by that too. Cheers Shayne.

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