Gotta love a bit of lighthearted monkey business on April Fool’s.
At that rate broadcast tech’s will definitely become extinct before AM radio. In the days of yore if you were a broadcast tech in a country town you were someone - now just an endangered species.
Whilst I was in the Upper Hunter today, I heard a sweeper on 92.9 from Tamworth City Council wishing FM92.9 a Happy 30th Birthday!
I figured that would have been pretty soon, I still remember hearing them for the first time in May 1993 (playing Bon Jovi’s ‘Bed Of Roses’ and wondering what station it was, as I was also in the Upper Hunter when I heard it. Of course there was no internet back then to find out!).
Your rates at work folks.
Talking garbage instead of picking it up?
That would be Talking Sport.
Interesting to hear the Super Network stations run on a holiday/weekend schedule today (with announcers doing 6am-12pm and 12pm-6pm).
I thought Bill would’ve treated today like a regular day.
Today felt a lot like a public holiday outside… the streets were pretty quiet, not the usual weekday volume of traffic.
Nope everyone in the network was given the day off so they could all have a 4 day long weekend
Not completely accurate, Stations were told they could make the decision locally. In my part of the world it was Buisness as usual at Tamworth & Moree
Has always been like this. Over 2021 and part of 2022 it was the same two announcers doing the public holiday schedule
I seem to recall they were also defaulting to a 6-day long weekend over Easter (again, local requirements aside, it sounds like); there was an article about it a few weeks earlier that might’ve been posted in this thread (thanks for the reminder of that!).
edit: Meh, I was getting it confused with ACM who had done a similar four day weekend over Anzac Day, never mind
92.9 Tamworth turns 30 today
As I posted further above, there were Happy Birthday messages on 92.9 as far back as 19th April.
Interesting that they started the messages so early if their birthday wasn’t until today.
But Happy Birthday again to FM92.9!
1 May 1993 at 9:29 AM
Nice to see a BOG station embrace its history, whilst keeping fresh and relevant at present.
92.9 is a brilliant example of where regional radio needs to be. Locally programmed, with a majorly local playlist. Well done to all at the station for continuing to keep it this way.
And apparently they’re celebrating in Chinese!
SRN 92.9’s website is one of the best radio websites I have looked at recently.
SRN has had a bit of bad press on here about some of its websites but that one looks very good.
Obviously some stations have local web expertise and others not - Tamworth’s looks like a WIX site from the source html.
Thanks for the feedback.
We started the birthday sweepers in late March when we began our Countdown to 30, where we played a whole day of music from a select year of our 30 years (working our way backwards from 2022 and finishing on 1993 today - our 30th anniversary).
The sweeper mentionec for Tamworth City Council must have been mis-heard, as we dont have TRC doing a sweeper… although maybe we should have!
Thanks for the positive comments on our station and the programming. Really appreciate it.
If you head over to the 92.9 website, you will find a link to the 30th anniversary podcast we did - chatting with former staff from the station. I think many of the members of this forum will get some enjoyment out of it.