Random Radio

Internet based options such as Spotify, podcasts and also iPods/MP3s have taken a lot of listeners away from traditional radio.

Gone are the days when it’s only competition for portable entertainment was the humble cassette tape.

Unfortunately broadcasters have turned to cost cutting eg. networked and automated programming to offset lower ad revenues arising from fewer listeners.

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I haven’t listened to Zoo in a long time; that’s unfortunate.


Radio tends to me still better than playlists on google music. FM sounds better too. I dont pay for spotify, I have google play music with Youtube premium bundled. For me with the exception of sport I watch less TV and more Youtube.


I agree, I prefer radio to Spotify too, as it’s a mix of news, announcers with info as well as music. And it’s very easy to change stations.

Spotify with just music seems a bit soulless by comparison.


I have discovered suburban community radio in the past few years. I do like Triple M night love songs creepy show. The music is a bit more random. There is my go to station during work hours being SWR FM. So for my music fix I find myself listening to radio these days.

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I agree. Radio (DAB and overseas stations) have better playlists and sound more alive than Spotify or iheart custom stations.

Absolute 80s for example from the UK is just better than any 80s playlist on Spotify


The other problem with Spotify is that it’s very hard to search for user curated playlists. You should be able to type in an artist and see what playlists they appear on. At least you can search for compilation albums this way (through the ‘Appears on’ section). Spotify have a very limited number of compilations available, though (no Hitwave '81 and its ilk, etc.)

Playlists created by an actual human being are far superior to the automated crap that Spotify puts out. Of course, it’s trivial to find these playlists.

I find that searching on discogs.com for various compilation CDs (can search by artists) is better for music discovery. I then look up each track on YT and ‘play’ the compilation through my Watch Later playlist. But I’d agree with you all- nothing beats a live DJ who knows their music, but even on community radio these hosts are hard to find.


Here are some shows I like on community radio with DJs.

  1. Awesome 80s show on SWR 999 at 4pm Saturday until 8pm
  2. Its time HHH FM 9pm-10pm Wednesday
  3. The live rock report 8pm - 9pm Wednesday HHH
  4. The Beatles Show 9pm -10 pm 2RRR FM

Notable mention (without Djs)
Monday - Thursdays 10pm HHH FM
Starting with 60s through to the 90s on Thursday.


@Mechsta would like a word with you :grin:

Time to lift my game, lol!

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It must be the segment that airs at 1930 that’s putting @Laoma off.

The two shows I listen to without fail every week are The Mechie Show and Inphase on SWR. There are plenty of other good programmes as well. As a general rule, the better presenters and formats- for my tastes at least- are on air during the afternoons/evenings and on the weekend.

I think more hosts should upload their shows to somewhere like Mixcloud or Archive.org so that people can listen at their leisure. They’d get more exposure this way too. I’d imagine you’d have to get clearance with your station first, and then there are the copyright issues (Mixcloud pays a royalty though). A lot of British DJs upload their shows to Mixcloud.

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Haha sorry Mechsta. Should have added you to list, the list is all shows I can listen to on old fashion FM.

Spotify and at streaming are too much stuffing around for me, and i don’t have an aux input in my car. I also feel a bit disconnected if I just had Spotify (No news, traffic etc) so FM mainly for me also.
That said I happened to be in Macksville lastnight when the Mechie show was on. Nelson was blasted along the old Pacific. Perhaps @Mechsta you need to get 2BBB to buy a bigger transmitter so the sounds of bellingen can be heard in Sydney :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Re the ongoing ridiculous rebranding of everything and sundry to Triple M, I’ll reflect what @RFBurns said above and note that SCA have essentially devalued all their stations. Who ever buys them (carallis will probably end up with them) will need to rebrand and roll out transmission infrastructure. Not good selling points. I won’t rant about it, but imagine how confusing it will be particularly for those newer car radios that create a list of dab and fm stations. Lucky dip I guess.


You would have heard my song (Fleetwood Mac) which was played just before Nelson :smiley:

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The challenge is that Caralis already owns stations where SCA currently has radio presence, such as Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Dubbo & Toowoomba. If Caralis were to acquire some of the SCA stations in the aforementioned regional markets, then he would have to either divest some of them, or that Grants acquire either the SCA or Caralis stations.

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Shortwave transmitter sounds like a good idea.


As too much focus on high yielding units for their clients instead of the sub $30 market done so well by Aldi, Kmart etc. Plenty of cheap digital radios that do the job well enough.

How much are they writing off each year as recorded in their annual report?

Indeed. Meaningless to the audience. Many would perceive the stations to be known as KO/NX, same as NBN.

ZZZ Lismore local 6am - 5pm. Since the drive shift was truncated, there seems to be an ever rotating line up of on air talent. Local Sat morns, local countdown from 9 or 10am.

Shame about Zoo, but why bother when the SCA guys do the same and ZOO is close enough in share for the 2 station sell?

Admire your idea with Discogs and further steps, and as you write, nothing beats a live station with well scheduled music.

Camerons would love to have a presence in Toowoomba instead of relying on overspill from River. Need to work on FM translators for 4AK and 4GR in Toowoomba and Warwick too.

With DRM+ simulcast?

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SCA Dubbo is local 6am-1pm weekdays. More than ZooFM Mon-Fri, but Zoo are local Sat mornings.


Good to hear they’re back on beyond 10am.


Prior to that I believe SCA Dubbo was local 6am-3pm weekdays, whilst ZooFM kept dropping its local hours from 6a-6p, 6a-2p and now 6a-10a weekdays.

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