Regional Radio (non-SCA)


Very interesting tracks played on Mandurah’s FM conversion 91.7 The Wave:

Looking For Love - Karen Ramirez

Missing - Everything But The Girl

Lily Was Here - David Stewart and Candy Dulfer

Great chill out tracks.

This is what Steely Dan tracks they’ve been playing in just two days:

  • Reeling In The Years

From [Can’t Buy a Thrill]

Kid Charlemagne

From [The Royal Scam]

Hey Nineteen

From [Gaucho]

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number

From [Pretzel Logic]

Do It Again

From [Can’t Buy a Thrill]

But what track is missing?

It’s the obvious - FM ‘no static at all’.

Hang your head in shame John De Bellis!


The Wave, i can pick it up in Perths Southern Suburbs :slight_smile:

Finding the music is brilliant on it, if it expanded to Perths North you would be getting more listeners too.


To be honest 91.7 The Wave would have to be the very best commercial station in Australia atm.
Excellent selection of upbeat music.
As I live in NZ I have it programmed on my internet radio also the app is excellent


I agree, it’s a clever positioning of music to play a decent format of music that mostly isn’t played by the choices currently available from Perth/Bunbury signals.

The very light amount of music in the last decade or two is a welcome change to the usual flogged songs of the moment.

My only concern is that the format is an introductory one and will be narrowed and newer songs added once it gets people switching over.

Of course, that will take longer than programmers think as always, audience habits are hard to change and to pick up the revenue will be a slow rise, sales will need to convince clients/potential clients that the audience is no longer listening to Mix or 96. Sadly 6MM didn’t have a huge audience on AM, so there’s plenty to convince that new numbers are switching to Wave on FM.


The transition of 6MM to FM has meant that there are now no regional WA stations who use the traditional 6xx call sign letters as their on air brand.


Gee that’s a bit sad. Even NT has 8HA.


I agree, the call signs on air are going the way of the dodo bird -:frowning:


2LT on 101.1 seems to be sounding quite decent now.

I’ll have try and tune in when they are playing music (local shift) to know for sure.


On weekdays, there’s only two slots for a music-based local shift: Breakfast (5:30-9am) & Drive (3-6pm).

That’s part of the reason on why I don’t listen to 2LT much, in which there’s too much talk & not enough music.
Maybe it would become more music-based if/when its main 900AM service converts to FM.

In the mean time, I’d rather listen to 2ST, in which at least there’s music right through from dawn to dusk on weekdays.


Mandurah’s 917 The Wave is running a themed Sunday, ‘Smooth Sunday’, relaxing classics etc.

Interesting use of the word smooth. Well done.

OB on Saturday for the beginning of summer season at the local aquatic centre.

Friday and Saturday nights are commercial free, party themed.

Only downside is the use of SCA syndicated programming, My Generation interrupts for fifteen minutes at midday and 8pm weekdays then two hours from 4pm Saturday.

Don’t think they add much, could do write their own more suited to format.


30 September 2018, final 60’s Sunday on 6MM playlist - long list, so click Summary to view:


What we played on Sunday, September 30th at 9:00am (Wave Weekends)


Soul Man

Sam & Dave


To Sir With Love



Sgt Pepper’s/little Help



Dance On

Kathy Kirby


Do It Again

Beach Boys


In The Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett


Tell Him



Up On The Roof



Happy Together



I Fought The Law

Bobby Fuller Four


Take Good Care Of My Baby

Bobby Vee


Hats Off To Larry

Del Shannon


Love Is All Around




Bobby Rydell


Down On The Corner

Creedence Clearwater Revival


Baby Love

Supremes and Diana Ross


I Saw Her Again Last Night

Mamas & The Papas


20 Miles

Ray Brown and Whispers

What we played on Sunday, September 30th at 10:00am (Wave Weekends)


Love Child

Supremes and Diana Ross



Hermans Hermits


Next Door To An Angel

Neil Sedaka


Baby,i Need Your Lovin’

Four Tops


I Like It

Gerry & The Pacemakers


No Particular Place To Go

Chuck Berry


Out Of Time

Chris Farlowe


Hooked On A Feeling

B J Thomas


(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding


Mrs. Robinson

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel


Woman You’re Breaking Me

The Groop


Macarthur Park

Richard Harris


Lazy Sunday

Small Faces


Hanky Panky

Tommy James and Shondells


Here It Comes Again


What we played on Sunday, September 30th at 11:00am (Wave Weekends)


Promises Promises

Dionne Warwick


Edge Of Reality

Elvis Presley


Woman Woman

Gary Puckett And Union Gap


The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)

Betty Everett


I Only Want To Be With You

Dusty Springfield


Don’t Sleep In The Subway

Petula Clark


Bend Me Shape Me

American Breed


Fortune Teller



I Belong With You

Bobby & Laurie



The Association



Tommy Roe


Georgia On My Mind

Ray Charles


Sunshine Superman



Baby I Need Your Lovin’

Johnny Rivers


Chain Gang

Sam Cooke


Glad All Over

Dave Clark Five


You’re Sixteen

Johnny Burnette


Nothing in the north :frowning:

I wonder if they can do what 6iX do and get repeaters for the northern suburbs?


No, they can’t, as The Wave is licenced for the Mandurah region.


@Dingus not as convenient, you can stream online.

Shame that fortuitous coverage isn’t better, needs better coverage like Murray Bridge, Ballarat, adjacent Sydney signals and Sunshine Coast into the metro areas such as Freo and Perth.

This is the licence area (for google earth etc):


Fortuitous coverage by definition is that which is received through good fortune, so listeners have to take whatever they can get. Though with the flat terrain and- in the warmer months- excellent tropo conditions along the Perth seaboard, I would have thought 91.7/97.3 could make it into large parts of the metro.


That’s true, so is the fact that many licence areas have such coverage factored into planning. See the planning documents around 2000/1 for the change of freq and specs for Ipswich RA1 where this was mentioned in submissions and ABA’s discussion paper.


The Wave Mandurah

Interesting listening over the weekend, afternoon news updates voiced by the bloke who, if Bond Uni had yearbooks been in the category of least likely to be voicing bulletins in an Australian broadcast outlet:

The usual weekend afternoon national bulletin full of stories that usually have no connection to audiences from one story to the next.

If they’re taking My Gen in long and short and versions plus some news from SCA, intriguing what other connections they have.

Other observations:

Via streaming, some songs sound of excellent quality, pulling detail out that I’ve not heard on broadcast radio.

Teaser promos for “$10K or a holiday” comp. Good to hear of the station getting some life added to it. The big test will be come AM switch off. Still time for Steely Dan’s FM.

Great songs not heard in a long time. Some I’ve not heard since their first run in the days of AM stereo or FM only in capital cities and a few regional areas. Others are new to me and great fun to research looking through their playlist when winding down for the day.


best thing about Matt is that despite the Greek surname, he has an Irish accent. It’s beautiful… not.


I’m not a fan of strong accents making it difficult to understand what they’re supposed to be clearly communicating.

Matt also ‘chews’ the words, diction needs a lot of work.

2SM newsroom has had many a ‘backpacker’ over the years.

The regional affairs show on ABC Local Radio is a joke with rural content being presented by Sinead Mangan which, as the name suggests, doesn’t sound the least bit like the Australian country voices the supposed audience would expect and want to hear (familiar voices).


Yes I agree. Not a fan of very broad international accents on the radio.