Apparently most regional operators are allergic to good rock stations. *glares at K-Rock…
The other following former regional rock stations that come to mind are:
Star 104.5 - Central Coast (DMG/Nova Entertainment)
New FM - Newcastle (Super Radio Network)
FM104.7 - Canberra (SCA/ARN) (despite being part of the Today Network, it was very rock-skewed until 2005)
Zinc - QLD, now only available in Sunshine Coast & Townsville (formerly Prime Radio, now Grant Broadcasters)
TTT (now hit100.9) - Hobart (SCA)
Hot 100 - Darwin (Grant Broadcasters)
Red FM - Remote WA (Redwave Media, a branch of Seven West Media)
If i’m not mistaken, 94.9 Power FM was a sole rock station when it first launched in the Early 90’s.
Perhaps they should change the name to Hot Potato…drop us in three songs!
How far does Station X on 1692 get out across the GC? I’d imagine not very far, due to Radio Brisvaani on 1701. I’m assuming you have a car radio that can tune up that far.
I remember 94.9 Power Fm was not a dedicated rock station when they launched.
Their original playlist consisted of songs such as-
The Power - Snap
Nutbush - Tina Turner
Respectable - Mel and Kim
They also had at the time Take 40 Australia,
American Top 40, Martin Molloy, Party Hard, Pillowtalk etc.
They went number 1 in their first Wollongong survey as 2WL and 2OO had not converted to the fm band to become Wave and i98.
Power Fm was more rock skewed around 2001-2002 from memory.
How good is “The Rebel”
Zoo Fm in Dubbo had a rock format up until the mid 2000’s I think.
In 1994- Nx fm had a rock format, with the positioner "All Ways Great Rock N Roll. This was before they were acquired by Austereo.
From memory they played rock from Sound Garden and Led Zeplin. At night time they were top 40 with the Hot 30 just like Canberra’s Fm 104.7.
They switched format from x107 “Continues Hit music” when they converted from AM to FM, but both formats where not successful against New Fm and KO FM. It was not until Austereo purchased them and they had the same format with 2day fm with Martin Molly that they became the #1 station in Newcastle.
I’m assuming I do to - truth be told I’ve never tried. Will have a look when I next think of it and let you know
MIX FM 103.5 Wide Bay QLD
Classic Hits from the 60’s 70’s & 80’s
Today 21 July from 11:49 AM
12-1 is the Classic Cafe.
11:49 Day After Day - Badfinger
11:49 Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
11:52 Weather With You - Crowded House
12:03 Peace Train - Cat Stevens
12:07 Crazy - Icehouse
12:12 I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
12:15 Come Together - Beatles
12:19 Rock Dj - Robbie Williams
12:28 Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
12:32 Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N Roses
12:38 Things We Do For Love - 10cc
12:46 Kentucky Woman - Neil Diamond
12:49 Viva La Vida - Coldplay
12:53 Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
13:02 Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
13:07 Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
13:09 Respect - Aretha Franklin
RadioHab – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Programming includes 80’s New Wave Pop, 90’s Rock & Alternative, ‘Jam Bands’ & eclectic Classic Rock.
192 kbps MP3 stream.
Overnight, Monday 11 July (1.5 hours)
HEYWOOD BANKS - If I Had A Bulldozer
PJ HARVEY - You Said Something
BECK - Say Goodbye
MATTHEW SWEET - Evangeline
ERIC CLAPTON & STEVE WINWOOD LIVE - Well All Right
COLDPLAY - Clocks
LIVE - Graze
GO-GO’S - Our Lips Are Sealed
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE - Little Wing
PHISH - Twist
TESLA - Comin’ Atcha Live Truckin’
MUSE - Unintended
DANDY WARHOLS - Coffee Tea And Wrecks
LYLE WORKMAN & FOREST RANGERS - Fortunate Son
LISA LOEB & NINE STORIES - Do You Sleep
U2 - Bad
SOUL ASYLUM - Black Gold
HOODOO GURUS - Dead Sea
BLIND MELON - 2x4
SMASHING PUMPKINS - Here Is No Why
NICK DRAKE - Pink Moon
NERF HERDER - Van Halen
WHO - Getting In Tune
Morning, Monday 25 July (1 hour)
MUDCRUTCH - Wrong Thing To Do
KINKS - Apeman
BLIND MELON - Change
CURTIS STIGERS & FOREST RANGERS - John The Revelator
EELS - Rags To Rags
MICHAEL PENN - Me Around
BEATLES - Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
FLOCK OF SEAGULLS - I Ran So Far Away
ROLLING STONES - Angie
ELVIS COSTELLO & ATTRACTIONS - The Beat
R.E.M. - Driver 8
RPA & UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND - Are You Ready
WIDESPREAD PANIC - Saint Ex
K’S CHOICE - Not An Addict
Early Morning, Today (1 hour)
MUMFORD AND SONS - Winter Winds
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE - Little Wing
MADREBLU - Certamente
KASEY CHAMBERS - The Captain
U2 - Original Of The Species
RAY LAMONTAGNE & PARIAH DOGS - Devil’s In The Jukebox
KATY PERRY LIVE - Hackensack*
JOHNNY CASH - In My Life
BLACK KEYS - In Time
DANDY WARHOLS - Kinky
NIRVANA - Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
HARVEY DANGER - Flagpole Sitta
CAKE - Satan Is My Motor
BLITZEN TRAPPER - I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
WIDESPREAD PANIC - Space Wrangler
*Note that Katy is covering the Fountains of Wayne.
My three favourite indie rock stations at the moment are RadioHab, the EldoRadio Alternative Channel (sampled in this thread previously) & True Vinyl Alternative (differentiating itself by using vinyl source material & not participating in the broadcast radio loudness / compression wars).
Update: Another beauty for fans of this genre is a German DAB+/cable station called AlternativeFM. (You can view their hourly playlists on the AlternativeFM website).
Don’t mind The Edge, listened a few times on the way down to Melbourne
Me too. It’s a bit lifeless compared to the SCA stations during the day Monday to Friday, but it’s a great alternative on the weekend when the local works stations are playing AFL and Star FM plays dance music at night.
Here’s a playlist from one of the best ‘classic hits’ stations in Australia.
1053 2CA - Canberra, ACT
Saturday, 30th July 2016 - 2-3pm AEST
“Walk Right In” Dr Hook
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" Procol Harum
"Saturday In The Park" Chicago
"Hold Me Now" Thompson Twins
"(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back" Peter Tosh feat. Mick Jagger
"Last Time I Saw Him" Diana Ross
"Women (Make You Feel Alright)" The Easybeats
"We’re All Alone" Boz Scaggs
"One Perfect Day" Little Heroes
"Day Tripper" The Beatles
"Born To Run" Bruce Springsteen
"Rocket Man" Elton John
"Physical" Olivia Newton-John
"Dreams Are Ten a Penny" Kincade
It’s amazing that a fairly small city like Canberra can offer a ‘classic hits’ station (without the talk/sport that is common in regional stations) like the above, but yet Sydney, with a population that is more than 12 times the size, doesn’t really offer that kind of format, not even on the AM band. Strange, huh?
Basically speaking, I generally prefer 2CA over the likes of WS/Gold, Smooth & Magic. Thank goodness I can at least stream them online, which is how I did the above playlist.
Classic Hits 693 4KQ - Brisbane.
Seventies weekend feature. (Thanks to TV Cynic for the heads-up).
Lunch, Today (2 hours):
Albert Hammond - Half a Million Miles From Home
Alice Cooper - No More Mr Nice Guy
Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
Olivia Newton John - Have You Never Been Mellow?
Van Morrison - Bright Side Of The Road
Emitt Rhodes - Fresh as a Daisy
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Ted Mulry - Julia
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Cliff Richard - Devil Woman
Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman
Bread - Diary
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who’ll Stop the Rain?
Eagles - Tequila Sunrise
Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone
Five Man Electrical Band - Absolutely Right
Cat Stevens - I Want To Live In a Wigwam
George Harrison - What Is Life?
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Oliver’s Army
Ferrets - Don’t Fall In Love
Skyhooks – Crazy Heart
Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs – Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy
Rita Coolidge – Higher & Higher
Supertramp – Dreamer
Don Fardon - Follow Your Drum
Hollies - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
Marcia Hines – You
Bee Gees - Mr Natural
Santana - Black Magic Woman
Neil Diamond - Solitary Man
Bay City Rollers - It’s a Game
Rubber Room with Ugly Phil O’Neil on Sydney’s Best Rock, 104.9 Triple M.
Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.
Tonight (3 hours)
PEARL JAM - Even Flow
LIVING END - Keep On Running
U2 - I Will Follow
GREEN DAY - Holiday
JAMES - Laid
CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN - Soundcheck
WHITESNAKE - Here I Go Again
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Tell Me Baby
SILVERCHAIR - Straight Lines
DISTURBED - Light
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Plush
CURE - Just Like Heaven
SHINEDOWN - State Of My Head
NO DOUBT - Just A Girl
CHRIS CORNELL - Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
AC/DC - It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock & Roll
ALL AMERICAN REJECTS - Gives You Hell
BLINK 182 - She’s Out Of Her Mind
FAITH NO MORE - Evidence
BERNARD FANNING - Wasting Time
DAVID BOWIE - Ashes To Ashes
FINGER ELEVEN - Paralyzer
PETER GARRETT - It Still Matters
CLASH - London Calling
FOO FIGHTERS - Generator
RADIOHEAD – Creep
STRUMBELLAS - Spirits
There’s a couple of songs there I love, and a few I want to burn and destroy. That show struggles to keep me as a listener for any extended period for some reason, which I find a bit sad as I’ve loved a lot of Ugly Phil’s previous work on the Ms
For something just a little bit different, an historical AM-FM conversion music log from 23 years ago!
2WS-FM 101.7 - Sydney, NSW
"The Best Songs of All Time"
Tuesday, 1st June 1993: 8.10-9.10am AEST.
Jimmy Barnes & Tina Turner, The Best - with loyal 2WS listener Lynnette Slavey (spelling?) of Mount Prichard introducing the station’s first ever song on 101.7FM after converting from 1224AM.
Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison
Your Song, Elton John
The Wanderer, Dion
I Feel Fine, The Beatles
Two Strong Hearts, John Farnham
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough, Patty Smyth & Don Hanley - when was the last time you heard this one on Sydney radio?!
My Life, Billy Joel - In contrast, I’m sure we all know that this song still gets very regular airplay on WSFM to this day.
Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
In 2016, I think you’d be considerably more likely to hear most of these songs on either Smooth 95.3 or Magic 2CH rather than what is now known as WSFM!
And incase you’re wondering how I was able to do this, Frankster’s Archive ( http://frankster.zanyspace.com/ ) currently has the full first hour of 2WS-FM 101.7 as part of his latest site update, Head over there, take a listen to this fantastic piece of radio history and tell him that I sent you!
On the subject of 2WS/WSFM, I found an interesting website that has the music logs up to 7 days from a number of Australian commercial radio stations, particularly ARN & Nova Entertainment stations: http://onlineradiobox.com/au/
It’s interesting to compare the logs of WSFM & Gold 104.3, despite both of them using the “Pure Gold” branding.
From what I’ve observed from reading both of the above links, WS is more “Mix”-based than Gold, which the latter has a slight rock-skew & therefore tends to play a few ‘classic rock’ tracks from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd & The Doors, which WS doesn’t play any of (the only Pink Floyd track that WS plays is “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)”.