Radio Stations - Music Logs

Got sick to death of commercial radio by 1998, and thus tuned to the local ABC and ABC Newsradio from about 1998 onwards. So heard a lot of interesting stuff on ABC 97.3 Illawarra and ABC 702 Sydney, including this Badly Drawn Boy song, alongside other artists like Jimmy Little, Lior, Five for FIghting, KT Tunstall, that fantastic version of Mad World from Gary Jules, and so forth. Heard the Lions share of this on the old ABC when there was Angela Catterns for Breakfast, Sally Lone for Mornings, Tony Delroy in the evenings, and Shamus Hall overnights.

At one of the Glenbrook record fares, I picked up a hand full of the old ABC Airplay discs from about 1999 to 2006, about five volumes. Still have to clean them up, It’ll be interesting to see what’s on there. Around 2004 to 2005, ABC went through a regime change, probably an effect of the Jonathan Shire system shock, and the stations program material seemed somewhat watered down, the ABC has really suffered since the wrecking ball of michelle guthrie so the local ABCs no longer have a line of staple artists in their playlists.


I find ABC Tasmania and ABC Northern Territory play more music than the other states; might be worth tuning in. As others have said on here, it would be great if the ABC set up an adult music station like BBC Radio 2.


This is the logue of tracks that went to air tonight on the fresh mix, I was in the mood for a bit of a 1990 special.

01 - Hothouse Flowers - I can see clearly (London)
02 - Johnny Gill - Rub you the right way (Motown)
03 - Paul Young - Softly whispering I love you (CBS)
04 - Hi Tek 3 - Spin that wheel (7 inch remix) (SBK)
05 - Leo Sayer - Cool touch (EMI)
06 - Jamie J Morgan - Walk on the wild side (Epic)
07 - Technotronic - This beat is technotronic (ARS)
08 - Deborah Harry - Sweet and low (phil harding 12 inch remix) (Chrysalis)
09 - Kylie Minogue - Better the devil you know (Mushroom)
10 - Belinda Carlisle - Summer rain (Virgin)
11 - Sam Brown - With a little love (A&M)
12 - Mary Jo Starr - Passionate kisses (Mushroom)

As for tomorrow morning, my program will start at 9:00 and go for two hours, then my friend has his mix from 11:00 to midday on Starter’s internet stream.


At the fresh mix, I was in the mood to spin some 1986 tonight

01 - Blow Monkeys - Diggin your scene (RCA)
02 - The Damned - - Eloise (single version) (MCA)
03 - Baltimora - Tarzan boy (EMI Columbia)
04 - Diana Ross - Chain reaction (Capitol)
05 - Whitney Houston - How will I know (single version) (Arista)
06 - The Saints - Just like fire would (Mushroom)
07 - Floy Joy - Weak in the presents of beauty (Virgin)
08 - Billy Ocean - Lovezone (album version) (Liberation)
09 - Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in pink (A&M)
10 - Pete Townshend - secondhand love (Atco)
11 - Inxs - Listen like thieves (extended version) (WEA)
12 - Martin Plaza - Best foot forward (CBS)
13 - Heart - These dreams (Capitol)
14 - Pseudo Echo - Love and adventure (EMI)


I’m up on the Central Coast for a few days & have been listening to Coast FM, a local community radio station that carries a “Classic Hits” format during its regular programming at 6am-6pm weekdays, as well as at 6am-12pm Sundays.

Here’s a typical hour of them from early this afternoon. Since their playlist is not on Lava, I’ve sourced it via an old fashioned way: by listening to it for a whole hour. :slight_smile:

Coast FM 96.3 - Central Coast, NSW
“Classic Hits”
Friday 3rd June 2022 - 12-1pm AEST

“The Heat Is On” Glenn Frey
“Sundown” Gordon Lightfoot
“Tobacco Road” The Nashville Teens
“Seasons In The Sun” Terry Jacks
“Jet” Paul McCartney & Wings
“Wild Wild Life” Talking Heads
“Kodachrome” Paul Simon
“I’m A Boy” The Who
“Do You Know The Way To San Jose” Dionne Warwick (part of this month’s music feature, ‘Around The World In 30 Days’)
“Life Is A Highway” Tom Cochrane
“Neutron Dance” Pointer Sisters
“All By Myself” Eric Carmen

As you can see, it’s a pretty decent “Classic Hits” station that would have a strong following on among the older radio listening audience in the region. Naturally, it is musically very different from the local commercial radio stations, and is therefore a good local alternative. :slight_smile:


Some of the community stations are excellent. Sydney is spoilt for choice with some great stations, such as Eastside (on DAB it sounds brilliant), Northside, FBI, Koori, 2SER, SWR and others.

Melbourne too has some excellent community stations such as PBS and RRR, Kool n Deadly.


The sub-metros in Melbourne are probably better than Sydney’s overall (apart from SWR). Plenty Valley FM, Yarra Valley FM and 3MDR are my favourites. And 3RRR and 3PBS wipe the floor with FBI and 2SER. Sydney is the capital of electronic music and Melbourne does rock and roll; since I am a rock fan I’m more than a little biased.

One place that needs a decent generalist community radio station is Canberra. Valley FM are pretty much limited to the Tuggeranong bowl, since they transmit from a studio near Wanniassa. As for 2QBN, too much country music for my liking! And 2BRW of course does not penetrate into Canberra except on the peaks.

@TV-Expert: I know you love doing logs the old fashioned (nerdy) way :smiley:


WOW!, that’s very much a throw back to how 2UW sounded toward the end of the 80s, nice mix from a broad selection of artists, would love to have a station like this in SYdney.

Tonight I rolled off another 80s mix, this time selections from my top 40 chart from the week ending Sunday 9th June 1985.

01 - Eurythmics - Must be talking to an angel (RCA)
02 - Elaine Page - Memory (Polydor)
03 - Ashford and SImpson - Solid (single edit) (Capitol)
04 - The Commodores - Nightshift (Motown)
05 - Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (MCA)
06 - Vitabeats - Boombox (Hot)
07 - Boy Rocking - The house is shaking (CBS)
08 - Simple Minds - Don’t you forget about me (Virgin)
09 - Eurogliders - We will together (CBS)
10 - Paul Young - Everytime you go away (original single mix) (CBS)
11 - Madonna - Crazy for you (Warner)
12 - Dire Straits - So far away (Vertigo)
13 - DeBarge - Rhythm of the night (Gordy)


Let’s find out, courtesy of Lava. :slight_smile:

693 4KQ - Brisbane, QLD
“Classic Hits”
Tuesday 28th June 2022 - 11am-12pm AEST

“Who’ll Stop The Rain” Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Daydream Believer” The Monkees
“Never Tear Us Apart” INXS
“I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round) (Original)” Alicia Bridges
“In The Ghetto” Elvis Presley
“Run To Paradise” The Choirboys
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” Thelma Houston
“Raspberry Beret” Prince
“Hey Lord, Don’t Ask Me Questions” Graham Parker
“Pinball Wizard” The Who
“Get It On” T. Rex
“When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” Billy Ocean
“Love Is In The Air” John Paul Young

Magic 1278 - Melbourne, VIC
“Melbourne’s Classic Hits”
Tuesday 28th June 2022 - 11am-12pm AEST

“Beautiful Noise” Neil Diamond
“Say You Will” Foreigner
“The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)” Manfred Mann
“Against The Wind” Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” Bachman Turner Overdrive
“Neutron Dance” Pointer Sisters
“Down Among The Dead Men” Flash & The Pan
“Howzat” Sherbet
“Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” Stevie Wonder
“Barbados” Models
“Band Of Gold” Freda Payne
“While You See A Chance” Steve Winwood


Both good playlists there.

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Do a weekend daytime comparison and you’ll see a big difference.


Yes, I’m well aware that 4KQ were a lot more adventurous on weekends. :slight_smile: They’ve uploaded playlists on their website over the years for their special music feature weekends.

For posterity (ie. saved on my computer), here’s the playlist for their last ever “Sizzling 70s” weekend held on 18-19 June 2022.
4KQ-VeryLastSizzling70s-18-19June2022.pdf (82.4 KB)

And their very last weekend (25-26 June 2022), which highlighted Brisbane’s #1 hits.
4KQ-VeryLastNo1sWeekend_25-26June2022.pdf (83.2 KB)

Anyway, here’s a typical weekend playlist of 4KQ, taken on the weekend of 7-8 May 2022, just days after it was announced that ARN had sold the 4KQ licence to SEN, therefore closing down the station after 75 years. :cry:

693 4KQ - Brisbane, QLD
“Classic Hits”
Saturday 7th May 2022 - 11am-1pm AEST

“Old Time Rock & Roll” Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
“Respect” Aretha Franklin
“Spirit In The Sky” Norman Greenbaum
“You May Be Right” Billy Joel
“Listen To The Music” The Doobie Brothers
“Good Lovin’” The Young Rascals
“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” Meat Loaf
“Crystal” Elton John
“High Voltage” AC/DC
“Sunny Afternoon” The Kinks
“Burning Love” Elvis Presley
“Rosanna” Toto
“Jet Airliner” Steve Miller Band

“Livin’ Thing” Electric Light Orchestra
“Black Is Black” Los Bravos
“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Joe Jackson
“Radio Ga Ga” Queen
“Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?” The Angels (how fitting :wink: )
“Words” Bee Gees
“Every 1’s A Winner” Hot Chocolate
“Free Fallin’” Tom Petty
“Rio” Mike Nesmith
“Listen To The Band” The Monkees
“Dreams” Fleetwood Mac
“La Isla Bonita” Madonna
“Fun, Fun, Fun” The Beach Boys


I was cleaning up the house today and found something that I forgot about. At the start of 2017, Gold 104.3 played their entire playlist, from A to Z. I listened for an hour on New Years Day and took a log, presumably inspired by this part of the forum (I wasn’t a member at the time, but I did lurk). And I’m thankful I did, because nothing like this has been done ever since.

Gold 104.3, Melbourne
‘A-Z Of Hits’
1st January 2017
12:00pm -1:00pm (AEDT)

All Star - Smash Mouth
All You Zombies - Hooters
All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
Alphabet Street - Prince
Always - Bon Jovi
Already Gone - Eagles
Missed a song here (unfortunately)
Almost With You - The Church
Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band :astonished:
Alright - Supergrass
Alone - Heart
Always Something There to Remind Me - Naked Eyes
Alone With You - Sunnyboys

Certainly some rare stuff here! I wish I took more logs, but it’s better than nothing I guess.


Here’s a log of all eight Melbourne commercial music radio stations I took between 2pm-3pm today (Thursday 4th August).

Nova 100
Tate Mcrae - She’s All I Wanna Be (2022)
The Kid LAROI - Thousand Miles (2022)
Maroon 5 & Cardi B - Girls Like You (2017)
Vance Joy - Clarity (2022)
Taylor Swift - Blank Space (2014)
Walker Hayes - Fancy Like (2021)
Autone/Kelvin Wood/Amanda W - Crush (2022)
Mumford and Sons - I Will Wait (2012)
Harry Styles - As It Was (2022)
Kygo / Miguel - Remind Me To Forget (2018)
Beyonce - Cuff It (2022)
Glass Animals - Heat Waves (2020)
David Guetta / Sia - Titanium (2011)
Pink - Irrelevant (2022)

KIIS 101.1
Kylie Minogue - Love at First Sight (2001)
Em Beihold - Numb Little Bug (2022)
Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From the Block (2002)
Harry Styles - Late Night Talking (2022)
Calum Scott & Tiesto - Dancing On My Own (2016)
Post Malone ft Doja Cat - I Like You (A Happier Song) (2022)
Ace of Base - The Sign (1993)
BTS - Dynamite (2020)
Rita Ora - Your Song (2017)
Dermot Kennedy - Something To Someone (2022)
Timbaland feat One Republic - Apologize (2007)
Whitney Houston & Clean Bandit - How Will I Know (2022 remix, originally released in 1985)
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle (2018)
Kylie Minogue - Love at First Sight (2001)

Lizzo - About Damn Time (2022)
David Guetta feat Usher - Without You (2011)
Camilla Cabello ft Ed Sheeran- Bam Bam (2022)
Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life (1997)
Macklemore feat Tones & I - Chant (2022)
Eric Prydz - Call On Me (2004)
Nicky Youre ft Dazy - Sunroof (2021)
Rihanna - Diamonds (2012)
Calvin Harris ft. Justin Timberlake, Halsey & Pharrell - Stay With Me (2022)
Miley Cyrus - See You Again (2007)
The Kid LAROI - Thousand Miles (2022)
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love (live) (2003)
Taio Cruz - Dynamite (2010)
TLC - No Scrubs (1999)

Triple M
Guns N’ Roses - Patience (1987)
EMF - Unbelieveable (1991)
Journey - Don’t Stop Believing (1981)
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends (2005)
Icehouse - Crazy (1987)
Baby Animals - One Word (1991)
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (1977)
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (1987)
Panic at the Disco - Middle of a Breakup (2022, the only new track played this hour on MMM)
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (1980)
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train (1993)
Dire Straits - Walk of Life (1985)

Gold 104.3
Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (1988)
Live - Lightning Crashes (1994)
Pat Benatar - We Belong (1984)
Icehouse - My Obsession (1987)
George Michael - Freedom 90 (1990)
John Mellencamp - Hurts So Good (1982)
Billy Joel - Piano Man (1971)
Roxette - Dressed for Success (1989)
Spin Doctors - Two Princes (1993)
The Bangles - Manic Monday (1986)

Smooth FM
The Bangles - Manic Monday (1986)
Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain (1989)
David Bowie - Starman (1972)
Ronan Keating - When You Say Nothing at All (1999)
Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (1982)
Justin Timberlake - Can’t Stop The Feeling (2016)
Icehouse - Electric Blue (1987)
Adele - Set Fire To The Rain (2011)
KC and the Sunshine Band - Give It Up (1983)
John Lennon - Instant Karma (1970)
Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman (1997)
Lionel Richie - All Night Long (1983)

Magic 1278
Neil Diamond - Cracklin’ Rosie (1970)
The Foundations - Baby, Now That I’ve Found You (1967)
Eagles - Take it Easy (1972)
Glass Tiger - Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) (1986)
Boney M - Daddy Cool (1976)
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (1981)
Skyhooks - Horror Movie (1975)
Sherbet - Howzat (1976)
Madness - Our House (1982)
Cold Chisel - Choir Girl (1979)
Spectrum - I’ll Be Gone (1971)
Dragon - Are You Old Enough (1978)
Breakfast Club - Right on Track (1987)
Patti Smith - Because the Night (1978)
Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time (1966)

ABBA - Take a Chance On Me (1978)
Neil Diamond - Heartlight (1982)
Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life (1973)
Little River Band - It’s a Long Way There (1976)
Beatles - Ticket To Ride (1965)
Olivia Newton-John - Magic (1980)
Elton John - Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (1974)
Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time (1966)
Don McLean - Castles in the Air (1981)
Elvis Presley - Edge of Reality (1968)


For comparison’s sake, here’s what the Sydney commercial music radio stations played on that same hour.

Smooth FM

Same as in Melbourne, but with the addition of…

Tavares - Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (1976)

…at the end of the hour.

Nova 96.9

Same as Nova 100, with the addition of…

R3hab/Amy Share - Sway My Way (2022)
Flo Rida/T-Pain - Low (2007)

…before the listed songs, but “Titanium” & “Irrelevant” were not played on 96.9 in that hour.

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983)
Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive (1986)
Mr Big - To Be With You (1991)
Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield (1983)
The Jackson 5 - Blame It On The Boogie (1978)
Crowded House - World Where You Live (1986)
Pink - Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (2012)
Prince - 1999 (1982)
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man (1985)
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (1987)
Roxette - Joyride (1991)
Roxy Music - Jealous Guy (1981)

2Day FM
The Script - Breakeven (2008)
Corona - Rhythm Of The Night (1994)
Katy Perry - California Gurls (no Snoop Version) (2010)
Mr Big - To Be With You (1991)
Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block (2002)
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (1987)
Ed Sheeran - Lego House (2011)
Five - When The Lights Go Out (1998)
The Pussycat Dolls/Snoop Dogg - Buttons (2005)
Mariah Carey - Without You (1994)
Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better (2016)
The Notorious B.I.G. / Puff Daddy / Mase - Mo Money Mo Problems (1997)
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (2002, released as a single in 2004)
George Michael - Faith (1987)

Triple M
Jerry Harrison - Rev It Up (1988)
The Screaming Jets - Better (1991)
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (1980)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge (1991)
Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe (2002, released as a single in 2003)
Aerosmith - Janie’s Got A Gun (1989)
Elton John - Tiny Dancer (1971)
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
Boom Crash Opera - The Best Thing (1989)
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart (2002)
Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life (1997)

KIIS 106.5
Harry Styles - Late Night Talking (2022)
The Chainsmokers/Halsey - Closer (2016)
The Kid Laroi/Justin Bieber - Stay (2021)
The Script - Breakeven (2008)
Em Beihold - Numb Little Bug (2022)
Brando - Look Into My Eyes (2020)
Mya - Case Of The Ex (2000)
George Ezra - Green Green Grass (2022)
Sia - Chandelier (2014)
Gayle - ABC (Nicer) (2021)
Jason Derulo - Want To Want Me (2015)
Paul Woolford/Pessto - Can You Pay? (2022)
Doja Cat/SZA - Kiss Me More (2021)
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply (1997)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (1970)
Samantha Sang - Emotion (1977)
Glen Campbell - Southern Nights (1977)
F.R. David - Words (1982)
Badfinger - Day After Day (1971)
Commodores - Still (1979)
Billy Joel - Leave A Tender Moment Alone (1983)
Robert John - Sad Eyes (1979)
The Toys - A Lover’s Concerto (1965)
Richard Clapton - Capricorn Dancer (1976)
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (1982)
Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well (1972)
Tom Jones - Green Green Grass Of Home (1966)
Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (The First Time) (1973)


Strange that 2DAY FM still has a 80s/90s/00s heavy playlist while FOX (also a part of the Hit Network) plays more new/recent music. You would think FOX would adopt 2DAY’s playlist for the sake of uniformity. But that is not the case. And as for Triple M, they are pretty much a “classic rock hits” format (with the addition of sports talk/footy) to counter Gold 104.3.


A bit disappointed with the Gold log to be honest. Smooth is slightly better but not what it was.

Overall I’m glad I’ve got Rebel and Breeze available to me.


at least Rebel plays a wider variety of rock as well as lots of new rock and Australian artists.


and here’s Rebel FM for the same time period (2pm-3pm on Thursday 4th August 2022):

Foxy Shazam - Welcome To The Church Of Rock And Roll (2011)
Guns N Roses - Out Ta Get Me (1987, album cut)
Guns N Roses - Paradise City (1987)
Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline (1994)
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing (1993)
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel (1974)
David Bowie - Let’s Dance (1983)
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (1977)
The Angels - Planned Obsolescence (1979, B-side to the single Shadow Boxer)
Motion City Soundtrack - Everything Is Alright (2005)
James - Laid (1993)


Yes, thought it was interesting hearing Rebel Rebel on Rebel while streaming at work :joy: