Totally agree with that. When compared with US options I wouldn’t classify TripleM as a fully fledged rock station. I feel it has some comparison perhaps to Jack Fm LA with some conservative rock and 80’s thrown together but obviously lots more talk.
The digital stations are better for the lack of talk, but their music selections could be better - Hard and Heavy, aside from being a 32kbps station in Melbourne (which really hurts for the types of music played), often skews way too old into stuff that is covered by Classic Rock anyway.
There is some good stuff there, Blow - Eva Under Fire ft. Spencer Charnas, played while I was listening while making this post, earning back some points they lost from playing AC/DC Hell’s Bells earlier. They then went on to a Megadeath song, which I’m not a fan of, but I suppose fits the “Hard” definition a bit better than some of the other oldies they play, like playing a live recording of Spoonman by Soundgarden, why is that on here?
But I’d say it’s very hit and miss - at least for my taste - but when Triple M have Classic Rock, 80s and the main station skewing to older tracks, surely they can keep Hard and Heavy mostly free of it, or at least something a lot less than the seeming 50/50 split.
I prefer the music mix on the DAB stations to the main stations. The sound has improved markedly since the ABC did their DAB upgrades last year and the music has also improved across the board. I don’t listen to Hard’N’Heavy but MMM 90s and 80s are good. MMM 90s is miles better than Greatest Hits and 80s, whilst not as good as Soft Rock, it has some good songs without the talk.
WSFM 80s has a good playlist, but the sound is very low, in Sydney anyway. I listen to Smooth 80s on the RadioApp as it’s not on DAB here.
I think Triple M do quite well with female talent despite being a very male skewing station.
Even though a lot of their headline talent in recent times has been male (ala Marty Sheargold, Molloy, Moonman, Eddie Mcguire etc), the female on air team and even the producers get a lot of air time on all those shows.
Easy current examples are Loren Barry on Marty Sheargold’s show and Rosemary Walton who is honestly the heart and soul of Triple M Melbourne. She even pops up during the very blokey Saturday Rub (she’s also the panel op) and actually has a very prominent voice while panelling.