Radio History

Reckon it ended in about 2008. I remember that year 1611 was playing nothing but Paul Kelly songs on repeat for a good few weeks after the licence expired/was reallocated.

Pretty sure you’re right, 1611 came off the 3CR sticks at Hoppers.

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Yes she was.Very busy back then ,breakfast radio Monday to Friday,then every Saturday she would fly down to Melbourne to be on ‘Hey Hey’

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Yes correct, it did mainly focus on 80s and 90s. I remember him approaching me when I just started 2PR FM online, but then I was doing just 70s and 80s, so I wasn’t really sure if my material was going to blend with his. I moved house at the start of 2005, where it seems we both lost contact. As per 3XX, I remember it taking on My Generation with Jono, and for some reason, Samoan programming around 2006. I believed Anton tried getting quite a bit of indi music on air as well, and heavily emphasised on independent on air talent, I even think his station operated in conjunction with one of Melbourne’s TAFEs for some radio corse. My knowledge of the station is rather scattered as I was in Sydney,

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Yeah, I seem to recall tuning in during that visit in late 2007 but I’m not 100% positive. I will defer to you as a Clayton native (at that time), sweating over difficult engineering equations.

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3XX was awesome. Lots of extended mixes of 70s, 80s & 90s. Anton used to host a lot of the shifts and he was a great talent and would fit in great at Magic. I wish Magic would adopt this format rather than playing it safe with their radio edits of songs that should be the longer versions.

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A Q for our Sydneysiders perhaps.

For a time somewhere during the 1990s I recall hearing a foreign language station on 100.7 that could be received whenever I was in Sydney… I have a feeling it came from down Wollongong way, does anyone recall what this was and where it was from?

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Air fm Penrith? I don’t think it was a foreign language station as such. From memory, an aspirant community station. It could have had foreign language programs, but I do remember hearing pretty much everything you’d expect on a community station - pop, dance, heavy metal, country, jazz, blues, religious and talk programs.

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Thanks, same here, I didn’t think it was AIR FM either for the reasons like you said.

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Could it have been Radio Hertz? A Macedonian language station operating from Wollongong. Very low power.

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That was probably it… thanks!

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Yes that was on down there but I never received it in Sydney. It was an LPON that used 100.7 because of WIN3 occupying 85-92 MHz.

There were also LPONs on 99.3 (Greek) and 99.7 (another Macedonian station from memory). All of these could only be received when you had direct (visual) LOS with the Illawarra Escarpment.

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Thanks for confirming. I suspected it was a LPON, but likewise never heard from Sydney.
There’s a Macedonian (LPON) station called MAC FM on 88.0 down in the Gong. Though I’ve no idea if current owner/operator was connected with Radio Hertz or the other station you mention on 99.7 FM. Fair chance he was.

I recall hearing the 99.3 station.

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I believe it may have been MAC FM on 99.7. Before that they were the original occupant of 105.3 MHz.

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and I think there was only Rete Italia after that before KIX Country appeared on it?

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I can’t recall Rete being on 105.3 in Wollongong, only 1575 AM. From memory it was MAC FM- then a period of nothing- before Hot/KIX Country took over.

Rete Italia briefly returned on 89.3 a year or two ago but even that is off air now. There was also a Greek station on 93.3 for several years in the early 2000s; this got out fairly well and was receivable in Oatley.

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Something I’ve always pondered and might have even posed the question on here before. We all know the story of how 4BH won the bid for FM conversion but then didn’t convert. Then it was offered to 4KQ as second bidder and they chose not to take it up. This effectively meant Brisbane was “short” an FM station through the 90s and only had 2 officially (although QFM/Star filled the gap somewhat). Then in the early 2000s Brisbane got 2 new FM licences like Sydney and Melbourne, while Adelaide and Perth only got 1. This evened things up so Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide now have 4 each, although Brisbane has 8 commercial licences while Perth and Adelaide 6.
What I’ve always wondered is, if 4BH (or 4KQ) had converted, would Brisbane have received 2 new FM licences in the 2000s or only 1 like Perth and Adelaide?
Does anyone have any thoughts? I don’t know why but it’s always bugged me.

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The only thought I really have is a hypothetical of, what would’ve happened if 4IP didn’t get sold off and survived as music, and whether that was part of ending up “one short” because it was an Ipswich licence? Although you did get that back eventually through QFM/Star/River (as 4TAB never converted either obviously), I imagine FM was never going to boom in across the whole of Brisbane (let alone areas further east like Redlands and the Redcliffe peninsula) from an Ipswich-focused transmitter like 4IP was allowed to back in the day, so it ended up more like “4 and a half” if that.

Yet, I can’t help but wonder if that was blocking the possibility of a potential 5th “proper” Brisbane licence more than, say, a Sunny Coast or Gold Coast frequency would.

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I suspect Brisbane would have only received 1 new FM licence in the early 00s had 4KQ/4BH converted in the early 90s.

I think the ACMA would have wanted to ensure some sort of equity across the smaller metro markets. It would also have seemed a bit odd if Brisbane had 5 commercial FMs when ADL/PER only had 4 whilst SYD/MEL had 6… it would have been neither here nor there.

While originally licenced to Ipswich, 4IP (4IO) became a Brisbane licenced station on equal footing with the others. So it would have been entitled to convert to a Brisbane FM station.

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I suspect you’re probably right. Although I feel Brisbane is now exactly that - somewhere between Sydney/Melbourne and Perth/Adelaide in size and also influence. A lot of media and government stats are now grouping Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane together rather than Perth/Adelaide/Brisbane. One of the reasons being that although Brisbane isn’t technically that much bigger than Perth, when you look at the population within 100km of the Brisbane GPO it is a LOT bigger, pushing 3.5 million.

Anyway I digress, I think the other factor is that Brisbane already had 1 more station overall than Perth or Adelaide, and now they’ve got 2 more (4 FM/4 AM) following the extra 2 licences added in the early 2000’s.

If they had added only 1 then it would be the only major metro with an odd number of stations with 7. Even with 7, I think they would have still needed the 2x DAB multiplexes, although I’m not sure on that.

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