Did They Really Just Play That?


Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones.

Heard last night on the Sydney Christian station Hope 103.2.

I don’t think I’ve heard 80s music on this station before, though the song itself otherwise fits in well with their “clean and pure” theme.


Hope 1032 have been HowardJonesaphiles for as long as I can remember. He’s probably the PD’s favourite mainstream artist. I’ve also heard ‘Like To Get To Know You Well’ on there; both of these aren’t at all regular on other stations.


Ray Kington is the MD. You can let him know.


There’s no complaints from me in hearing more 80s music!


At 11pm, WSFM played Dragon’s cover of “Celebration”.

Just 1 hr 10 mins later, they played Kool And The Gang’s original version of the very same song!

Not very good programming…


I can’t stand either version :slight_smile:
Instant station changer for me.


Yeah, I prefer the Dragon version, but not by much.
It does still sound a bit too similar to the original.

And yes, it’s quite possibly Dragon’s worst effort.
I’d take ANY of their other hits over this one.


I listen to KOST from LA most afternoons (it’s early hours of the morning in LA). They are a soft AC station playing a lot of 80s and current soft hits (John Mayer, Ed Sheeran etc.) But they occasionally throw in a clanger from the late 70s. They just played Hotel California (live version). I know it’s a pretty mainstream soft hit but still I couldn’t help thinking wouldn’t it be great if some metro FM stations like 97.3 in Brisbane occasionally threw in a classic hit. They don’t have the courage yet here is a near top rating station in a super competitive market like LA that’s game to occasionally stray from a tight playlist.


On the subject of LA radio, KRTH, the once great oldies/classic hits station is almost unrecognisable and has totally embraced the 90s and now IDs as 70s 80s and 90s, has 90s at Nine and has been known to also play some hits from this century.


It’s a bit like WSFM in Sydney, as well as Gold 104.3 in Melbourne. Growing up, I recgonised WS as being a classic hits station that played 60s, 70s & 80s, with the odd 90s thrown in, and was musically very different from the other commercial FM stations, which all seemed to target the under-40s. Nowadays, they’re the station that mainly plays 80s & 90s, with the odd 70s & 00s/10s track thrown in, and has even done a few “80s vs 90s” weekends.

Some of the songs from this century that WS wouldn’t have touched a few years ago, now includes:

“How You Remind Me” Nickelback
“Since U Been Gone” Kelly Clarkson
“Chasing Cars” Snow Patrol
A few songs by Pink like “Get The Party Started”, “Just Like a Pill” & “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)”
A few songs by Adele
“Straight Lines” Silverchair
“4Ever” The Veronicas
“I Kissed a Girl” Katy Perry (yes, really!)
“Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
“All Summer Long” Kid Rock
“Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
“Beautiful” Christina Aguilera
“Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye
“Riptide” Vance Joy
“Geromino” Sheppard

Some of the above songs reminded me of Vega (now Smooth) about a decade ago, which funnily enough, Jason Staveley, who is WS’s Music Director & drive presenter, was part of the station’s on-air team. WS is now sounding a bit like what Mix 106.5 used to sound like before it became KIIS, or to put it another way, a bit like 2Day without much of the current hits.

Although unlike with Mix 106.5 or the current 2Day, at least WS is the #1 FM (#2 overall) station in Sydney. The same goes for Gold in Melbourne.


Yeah I check out the K-Earth playlist quite often and you’re right it’s gone really 80s and 90s. Probably 8 out of 10 songs. It’s barely recognisable to the station I listened to in 2015 in LA. Even KOLA which is a classic hits alternative in Southern California has also gone very 80s and 90s but probably still includes more 70s than K-Earth


WS sounds a lot like 97.3 these days.
In fact 97.3 fits more within the Pure Gold format than 4KQ does.

I think they should add 97.3, 96fm and Mix 102.3 to the Pure Gold network as they’re all similar now. Split out 4KQ and Cruise into a Classic Hits network and leave KIIS standalone in Sydney and Melbourne.

Put KIIS on DAB in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Put Classic Hits on DAB in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Then they’ve got three proper networks in the 5 capitals.


Yes close down 90s and 80s. Replace with 4kq dab format in Sydney. Increase the bits of the slighty of the stations.


Keep The 80s, but yes, I don’t really need The 90s.


Agadoo - Black Lace on Gold 104.3 Party Playlist tonight


That’s Gold (as on the NRL Footy Show)…
Pure Gold…

Great song, pity about the video clip.


Today’s Country 94.1 Central Coast just played

G’day G’day - Slim Dusty

Not exactly “today’s” country…


Port Stephens FM just played Mike Oidfield’s 1990 hit “Moonlight Shadow” for the second time in three hours.

Not like community radio to do high rotation, but I imagine it was coincidental.


That song came out in 1983, not 1990.


I thought it was earlier than that too, but a Google search only showed up a 1990 release date.