Random Radio


Not sure if this was intentional or not, but i98fm played Imagine Dragon’s “Bad Liar” immediately after playing “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez about an hour ago. I think it might have just been a coincidence (because nothing was said about it on the station), but interesting nonetheless! :stuck_out_tongue:


Looks like storms around Katoomba & Lithgow way have caused some problems for the follwing FM stations.
99.5 Katoomba - no audio
FM107.5 Orange - no audio
107.9 Move FM Lithgow - no audio

UPDATE: They’re all back on now.


I love it when I log on to MediaSpy and there are a stack of comments on a thread that I have not yet read.

It’s a quick rush of adrenaline. For example, I just looked at the Nova thread and there are 15 new comments that I have yet to read.

It can mean one of two things:

  1. There is breaking news and something massive has just happened in the industry.
  2. There is a fight between two or more MediaSpy contributors.

Whichever it is - it means excitement!


100.1 Life fm Bathurst is silent as well, just 50hz hum. Don’t think it’s storm related, was already like it yesterday.


I’m sure i98’s MD is enjoying their holiday and have simply pressed F10 and by chance, the songs scheduled consecutively. Right @Deano?


This post in the SCA Regional thread reminded me to write up a few thoughts about my trip up to North East Victoria last week.

I’m enjoying the metro Triple M log at the moment. It’s incredibly safe, but it’s still pretty listenable and makes a good change from flipping between the three CHR/Hot AC stations. Have caught myself listening to the Ms more than Gold in recent weeks.

Headed north on the Hume and as the Melbourne stations faded out I floated between the two Shepparton commercial FMs. Despite all my love for the metro Triple Ms, the regional stations are godawful. “Music That Makes You Feel Good”, my arse. I don’t understand why you’d run a female-skewing AC against a female-skewing CHR format when you own both stations in a two-station market. As discussed here, I’d like to see a return to the Greatest Hits format or a tweaked version of the metro log.

We rescan from 95.3 to 96.9. Mid-way through a pop song I don’t recognise, then suddenly cuts to the middle of another song. Then back to the first song again. Then a generic “Hit FM” sweeper. Then silence. Then a local “Goulburn Valley’s hit96.9” sweeper. Back to normal. Zetta or SCAsat weren’t playing ball, and being Boxing Day it seems like no-one was around to check.

We stop in Euroa. Time to check out what ACE have done to Edge FM. In fairness to the ACE team, they inherited a mess of a station to begin with. Unfortunately, they’ve not done much to improve the overall product, and suffer the same problems that the regional Ms do - a disjointed music log and a brand that doesn’t fit. The Wangaratta market particularly is a good opportunity for ACE to stand out, with considerable overspill into Albury and Shepparton. But then again, why put the effort in? It’s only radio…

At least 3NE is still a decent listen in FM. Time to get those repeaters in stereo, presuming they hang around once the main 1566AM service converts to FM.


I certainly miss the days when regional commercial stations were owned by RG Capital & DMG, despite the latter not having much local programming outside breakfast. Even the MRR/MSCM era of 2004-11 wasn’t bad either.


Is Australian radio rebelling on new music? Or is there a shortage on new music?

Or is the overall radio audience just ageing?

Whatever happened to a decent Top 40/CHR station/network in this country?

I can’t wait for this Old School “comeback” to blow over.


Plenty of new music but radio won’t play it.

The listeners are getting older but rejecting talkback radio so there are more of them tuning into music stations. And according to some, they can’t seem to attract the younger listeners to radio. I guess they will start listening when they get older and can’t be bothered downloading music or creating Spotify playlists etc.

Spotify killed it, according to some wise people here. :wink:

Don’t hold your breath. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


I’ve been out looking for radio station call signs in number plates again.
Here’s my collection of Ace Radio call signs.

3GV (Gold) Gippsland

3SH Swan Hill

3WM Horsham

2AY Albury/Wodonga

3TR (TRFM) Gippsland. Although since FM conversion technically their official call sign is now 3TFM.


There’s a shortage of good new music IMO. Look at how long the latest hit from Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift stays in the Top 5. An eternity!

In the 60s - 90s they would be gone in a month or two and replaced by a whole new Top 40.

Take a look at the charts nowadays, they are stagnant.

Also, even the kids today love 80s and 90s music. I was at a high school music trivia comp last year and the kids knew all the words to most of the 80s songs. Not only that, when those songs played they got the biggest reaction by far. All these kids were born post 2000.

Also as others have posted, the audience for radio is ageing.

Perhaps it’s just a lull with good new music and yes of course there is some good new music, but not as much of it


Welcome to my world…


It happens at least once a month on Hit96.9. It happens when the networked programming cuts out and there is about 8 seconds of silence. Then it goes to automated programming and ‘the backup playlist’ starts playing. You can tell when this happens because the generic ‘Hit FM’ sweeper, never gets played during normal networked programming.


I think Grant’s or another radio station company comes into the Shepparton market. It would be good. Onefm the community station is skewed to the oldies however due some infighting at the station

I remember coming up to Shepparton 5+ years ago listen to 3SR and enjoying the music while listening around. Moved up here 3 years ago and I have slowly moved from 3SR and occiasially Hit to now in the car ABC due to the fact that I hear so many song repeated(either switching from Hit to Triple M or on the same station. Driving Around I heard shotgun 4 times in 4 hours.

In Shepparton, We can get 3BO from Bendigo very strong too.
I think if Ace or Grants(Ithink a K-Rock without the football or BayFM would be ideal for Shepparton)set up shop in Shepparton Market, I think the Local Southern Cross Austero and OneFM will seriously need to look at there stations.


How would they be any better??

:face_vomiting: Couldn’t listen to that station for more than a minute

Why would I listen to the same station from a different city??

No please, NO!! ACE and Grant are 2 times worse than SCA! K rock :nauseated_face: Bay FM :nauseated_face:


at least your area has a backup tape - I’ve heard 30+ minutes of dead silence on the Central Coast of NSW. 2GO is famous for its dead airs. They were off air for over an hour in breakfast earlier this year, with dead silence. You often get the silence during the football coverage too when something goes amiss.


No way. You would have thought a large area like yours would have a backup tape considering the amount of people listening…


2GO and SEA have had so much staff turnover recently and several people from Newcastle are also working out of Gosford as well I’ve been told, to try and improve the place.


KOST FM Los Angeles is STILL playing 24/7 Christmas music. WTF!

Meanwhile I’m still on 4TAB TWO. Loving some of the music and the 4IP jingles.


I am guessing they don’t have a local tech now days because if they did surely the issue would be fixed within half hour???


I listened to Edge and 3NE on my way back down from Hotham and found them much better than The Borders 105.7 Triple M. As soon as you get to around Euroa you can get Goulburn Valley’s hit 96.9 and even surprisingly hit fm Bendigo on 91.9.