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Thanks! I thought SEN shared a tower with SBS radio 1107.

1170 am is clear frequency in Australia (other than SEN) ? Maybe some people over the ditch may complain , although a quick google can’t find an active station there. I was thinking there might be SENZ on 1170 am. Be funny it did interfere with an SENZ station.

Actually they’ve been allowed to transmit at 10kW for years, day/night switching for them was going to be used back before 2CH was offloaded & became SEN, but it never happened.

I’m pretty sure 2GB can go to 10kW too, they have been using day/night switching for years but only to 8kW, I think 2KY can do day/night switching to 10kW as well but they don’t use it & only run at 5kW full time.

I think 2UE are going to ask for 10kW day/night switching, doubt 2SM will, but I think they might be able to if they ask?

2KY, 2GB & 2CH (SEN) all have 12kW transmitters at Homebush Bay so they can all easily do the day/night switching to 10kW.
When the 2KY site was rebuilt for 2GB to move in the antenna system was designed & built so all 3 of those services on the antenna could run at 10kW with head room to spare.

2SM & 2UE only have 10kW transmitters though & I’m not sure the antenna system at that site can handle both of them transmitting at 10kW each, without a bit of work being done to accommodate it.

2CH (SEN) 1170 haven’t shared the transmission site with SBS 1107 for probably 15 maybe 20 years, John Singleton had an argument with Broadcast Australia over site costs IIRC, so they moved out to join 2KY on the other side of Homebush Bay (Olympic Park), 2GB joined them at the 2KY site years ago, probably 10 years now, times slipping away fast.

2UE joined 2SM before the 2000 Olympics, they demolished the old 2UE site to build the Olympic Swimming Centre. According to the sign on the wall inside the 2UE room, 2UE first went to air from the 2SM site on 24th May 1992.

@gordo92 would be well accustomed to the 2SM site, but don’t know if he ever saw inside the 2UE room, he probably hasn’t visited the 2KY/2GB/2CH site?

2SM/2UE is an oldskool AM site, 2KY site is modern AM site & both are way different beasts to FM/DTV/DAB sites, I love being out at the Homebush Bay AM sites, I feel at home there, personally I’d rather be based there than at Artarmon.


I wonder if Nine might try to get 10kw for 4BC in Brisbane. They are the most underpowered AM station in the city at least according to the specs. SEN already is at 10kw/5kw day night at their transmitter site.


Weirdly nope I haven’t, matter of fact never stepped foot in Sydney… Tho i reckon that will change with my current job, no doubt i will end up in Sydney at some stage and break my lack of Sydney in my life :joy:


Never been to Sydney at all? Or just not for work?

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Nope never been to Sydney, crazy I know lol


Unfortunately, I think that the more the Australian music industry pushes radio stations to increase pay for their music, the less music the stations will play in general. Soon we’ll see spaces where music was normally played in day parts being replaced by pop in podcast pieces or other talk segments. If every station replaced one song every hour with five minutes of audio instead, imagine how much less the music industry both here and overseas would earn.

The other aspect of stations like smooth, 96fm, WSFM and Gold that I don’t think has fully been articulated is that while I feel like people, particularly people aged under 25, aren’t using radio to discover new music anymore, they are, intentionally or not, using it to discover old music.

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Remember when record labels would PAY radio stations to play their music because that’s how people would find it?
I still use radio to find new music (maybe that shows my age). Spotify is great but I find I tune out if there are too many song I don’t know and I don’t really connect with a song until I’ve heard it a bunch of times. With radio that’s easy - you start liking songs once they’ve been flogged for a short time (but before it gets truly repetitive). With Spotify you hear it once and it’s gone as you move through the algorithm.


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From CRA


While annual broadcast radio ad revenue was down 4% in 2023, radio is still performing consistently well in a tough media market, according to annual and quarterly figures from the industry body Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA).

Broadcast radio ad revenue for 2023 across the five major metropolitan markets was $673.252 million, compared to $701.402 million in 2022.

Ford Ennals, CEO of CRA, said that: ‘‘Overall commercial radio ad revenue remains broadly stable despite a challenging market, with sustained strong broadcast radio revenue and record levels of growth in digital audio revenue in 2023.”

Metropolitan radio broadcast advertising revenue results exclude digital audio streaming and podcast revenue, which reached record levels in 2023, up 27% for the year.

“Radio is consistently out-performing other media, and our annual broadcast ad revenue was actually up 1.1% from 2021, but clearly there are pressures on the broader ad market,” Mr Ennals said.

“Ad spending in the travel and automotive sectors is encouraging and we are positive about radio’s performance for the year ahead.”

Quarterly broadcast radio ad revenue ad revenue fell 6% in the fourth quarter across the five metro markets, with Q4 2023 broadcast revenue at $173.915 million, compared to Q4 2022’s $185.062 million. Digital audio ad revenue was up 31% for Q4 2023, compared to the same period last year.

“Radio remains the medium where agencies can get value for money when budgets are tight. We expect to see investment to continue at similar levels this year, as agencies and their clients recognise radio’s capacity to deliver,” Mr Ennals said.

The quarterly and yearly broadcast radio ad revenue figures were compiled by media data analytics company Milton Data.

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Another opinion piece by Jen Seyderhelm.


Amensalism - Meaning & Examples of Amensalism.

There’s a definition for the word in the closing par. Jen’s lack of plain English writing. Most of the radio industry will dismiss her articles as being over their heads, intellectualising.

…speakers and in cars.


The APRA music royalty fees are probably the main stumbling block given some stations still don’t stream at all (yes Mr Caralis, I’m looking at you).

Happy World Radio Day :radio:

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