I was only a teenager in the 80s and whilst I was lucky enough to work with the stars and greats at 2UE my heart was down the road at 2SM.
I first worked at the station when they were Personality Radio with the 2UE logo in the thin blue line. I still have several station memos from the time.
I remember the jingles that 2UE used when AM stereo was launched - they were simple - 2UE Stereo 954. They sounded great in stereo.
During the “All Time Greats All The Time” era I was zoned out. As a teen this programming was totally unappealing. The only thing worse at that time would have been working at 2CH. Thank goodness for me this format did not last long! I may have ended up psychologically unhinged.
Thankfully, that medley of old 2UE jingles posted for the 90th birthday celebrations a few years ago is still online:
There’s a minute long “All Time Great” jingle in there a bit, although but what I’d probably like to know is what era the “News To Me” jingle aired in!
The news theme medley:
Don’t some of the other stations in the Macquarie Radio Network still use that last news theme? Although from a Sydney perspective, I personally thought it worked better on Show Radio (they used it until 2012, adopting a more contemporary theme the following year) than it did on 2UE!
That was probably first launched in 1988 (there were a lot of rebrands in Australian TV & radio for the Bicentennial Year, so it wouldn’t overly surprise me if 2UE did one too) or sometime around then? Either way, it’s on YouTube:
…along with the accompanying news stings:
What I’d personally love to hear one day is a clean version of the old 2UE weather theme music they used in the 1990s/2000s which some regional or community stations (2CC Canberra & Alive 90.5 are places I’ve heard it in recent years) may still use to this day.
Also on the wish list would be a clean/full version (with or without a “2UE 954 News” VO) of the remixed “Radio Active” news theme used from 2012 until the Talking Lifestyle relaunch.
Some holiday listening with historic FM station air checks from 1974 to about 1996. The project took a lot longer than expected with probably the hardest task selecting the clips. Hopefully there is something that will interest most with all states represented. Includes a couple of recordings associated with AM conversion. Also note, not necessarily in any particular order! Warning: runs for 45 minutes.
Would anyone have dates of when the Triple J and ABC FM expansion occured? And has their power ever increased in regional areas since they started?
What was the reasoning behind the duplication of ABC Local Radio on FM and AM in selected locations (Mid North Coast/Northern Rivers, Wide Bay/Burnett, Cairns). And howcome some AM Local Radio services converted and others didn’t? (Mackay, Mt Isa etc)