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#1 mgaleano

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:01 PM

Went on a tour of Tasmania the last week. I was only in Tassie a short time so could not listen all of the time!

Have some observations.

Hobart

Hobarts Heart FM 107.3 and 101.7 FM 7HO were very similar in format. I was tuned in to 7HO most often. Played some modern music, found it played more unusual oldies than on Heart. Despite this ,I was surprised how similar they were to one another. I found that ABC local radio 938 am coverage was a bit poor in the southport area. I was thinking it might be worthwhile to convert the AM services to FM. The ABC , JJJ, ABC had better coverage. The power from 936 AM could not match 702 AM/ 576 AM coverage.

Launceston

Only one commercial station ??? Why? How can places like Goulborn/ Lithgow get 2 commercial channel? LA FM did play a wide mix of music! 89.3 FM. That might be the lowest commercial freq (high power ) in Australia . I was impressed by the coverage of the ABC FM reception over north Eastern tassie. I could listen to newsradio almost everywhere.

Other areas

7SD 540 am proved a best mix jingle on AM is a different format than FM stations with the similar a jingle , AM stations do play an older mix.

My favourite station in Tasmania was a community one (Star FM) in St Helens and St Marys. It just played a great variety of music from 60s today. Even played some African music! It was great. Anyone listen to it before??

Edited by mgaleano, 02 March 2009 - 09:08 PM.


#2 dkint3

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:31 PM

Launceston

Only one commercial station ??? Why? How can places like Goulborn/ Lithgow get 2 commercial channel? LA FM did play a wide mix of music! 89.3 FM. That might be the lowest commercial freq (high power ) in Australia . I was impressed by the coverage of the ABC FM reception over north Eastern tassie. I could listen to newsradio almost everywhere.


Tote Sport Radio on 90.1 (formerly 7EX 1008) is also meant to be a commercial radio station, but chooses to broadcast a narrowcast format for some bizarre reason... cheaper perhaps ???
There are a couple of high power commercial FMs below 89.3 in Oz...

89.1 CFM Kingaroy, Qld at 15kw
88.9 MIXX FM Hamilton, Vic at 20kw

I think LAFM is 10kw.
They also have a low power translator in Launceston town on 100.3 (with Tote on 101.1)

ABC NE Tassie should get out very well..It's at Mt Barrow, about 1400m above sea level AND at 192kw. LA and Tote also broadcast from Mt Barrow.

#3 Moasaica

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:33 PM

Hobart

Hobarts Heart FM 107.3 and 101.7 FM 7HO were very similar in format. I was tuned in to 7HO most often. Played some modern music, found it played more unusual oldies than on Heart. Despite this ,I was surprised how similar they were to one another.


7HO is owned by Grant Broadcasters, while Heart is owned by Macquarie Regional Radioworks, so they compete with one another. Looking at 7HO's hourly playlists that were posted elsewhere in this forum, it sort of like a 'Hot AC' station playing a mix of music from the 80s to today with an occasional 70s track thrown in. Heart, as I understand it, is more of a Jack station, playing mainly rock-skewed music from the 60s to today.

7HO seems to feel more like a true Hobart radio station than Heart.

I found that ABC local radio 936 am coverage was a bit poor in the southport area. I was thinking it might be worthwhile to convert the AM services to FM. ABC Classic FM, JJJ, SBS had better coverage. The power from 936 AM could not match 702 AM/ 576 AM coverage.



936 ABC Hobart broadcasts at only 10kW ERP, which is quite low compared to 702/576's 50kW ERP (which is strong enough for ABC's 1431AM frequency in Wollongong to change from Radio National to NewsRadio - see "Wollongong Radio" thread for more).

As for Classic FM, JJJ & SBS, they broadcast on FM from the top of Mt. Wellington, which is understandable in that they have a wide coverage across Southern Tasmania.

Launceston

Only one commercial station ??? Why? How can places like Goulborn/ Lithgow get 2 commercial channel? LA FM did play a wide mix of music! 89.3 FM. That might be the lowest commercial freq (high power ) in Australia . I was impressed by the coverage of the ABC FM reception over north Eastern tassie. I could listen to newsradio almost everywhere.



Once upon a time, Launceston had two 'real' commercial radio stations: 7LA & 7EX. Then when 7EX become TOTE Sport Radio in the 90s, Launceston has since have only 1 'real' commercial radio station.

Other areas

7SD 540 am proved a best mix jingle on AM is a different format than FM stations with the similar a jingle , AM stations do play an older mix.



7SD, along with LAFM, 7AD & 7BU, are owned by Grant Broadcasters. They were previously owned by Macquarie Regional Radioworks up until last year.

My favourite station in Tasmania was a community one (Star FM) in St Helens and St Marys. It just played a great variety of music from 60s today. Even played some African music! It was great. Anyone listen to it before??


You'll be pleased to know that Star FM does broadcast on the net, which can be accessed from their website: http://www.starfm.org.au/

#4 mgaleano

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:16 PM

As far as ABC local radio coverage in the NE. St Helens I could listen to

1584 AM Local reception
97.3 FM was good
91.7 FM was also good
102.7 FM also was ok

At Southport 104 km south of Hobart , I could hear the average 936 AM from Hobart which wasn't as good as any of the above freq in St Helens. Sort of like listening to commercial AM reception from sydney in the Lake Macquarie area. There are ABC TV translators in the area, wonder why no ABC local radio translators. Could they increase the power of 936 AM southwards to 30k and limit power northwards (to limit interference with news radio Brisbane) .

Still find it strange only 1 commercial music station in Launceston station.




7HO is owned by Grant Broadcasters, while Heart is owned by Macquarie Regional Radioworks, so they compete with one another. Looking at 7HO's hourly playlists that were posted elsewhere in this forum, it sort of like a 'Hot AC' station playing a mix of music from the 80s to today with an occasional 70s track thrown in. Heart, as I understand it, is more of a Jack station, playing mainly rock-skewed music from the 60s to today.

7HO seems to feel more like a true Hobart radio station than Heart.



936 ABC Hobart broadcasts at only 10kW ERP, which is quite low compared to 702/576's 50kW ERP (which is strong enough for ABC's 1431AM frequency in Wollongong to change from Radio National to NewsRadio - see "Wollongong Radio" thread for more).

As for Classic FM, JJJ & SBS, they broadcast on FM from the top of Mt. Wellington, which is understandable in that they have a wide coverage across Southern Tasmania.



Once upon a time, Launceston had two 'real' commercial radio stations: 7LA & 7EX. Then when 7EX become TOTE Sport Radio in the 90s, Launceston has since have only 1 'real' commercial radio station.



7SD, along with LAFM, 7AD & 7BU, are owned by Grant Broadcasters. They were previously owned by Macquarie Regional Radioworks up until last year.



You'll be pleased to know that Star FM does broadcast on the net, which can be accessed from their website: http://www.starfm.org.au/


Edited by mgaleano, 04 March 2009 - 09:21 PM.


#5 Moasaica

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:16 AM

According to ACMA, Hobart's community radio station, Hobart FM (7THE), is proposing a change of community interest for the station, which is set to be switched from serving the educational community to the general community.

More details at: http://www.acma.gov....RD/pc=PC_311681

#6 Alista

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 10:18 AM

Tote Radio in Launceston has a commercial licence which is the ACMA's fault because the havn't made a HPON licence available in Launceston (I e-mailed the manager of TOTE radio for that info)
As for Hobart far as I know there is no more FM spots available as all digital and 3 of 4 analogue channels are on VHF from Mt Wellington. Launceston LAFM & TOTE are at 5Kw so I've found coverage poor.
Star FM has very good music and coverage since it has 3 seperate FM services.

#7 Moasaica

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:54 PM

According to Jock's Journal, Hobart's legendary radio duo, [Bob] Cooke & [Richard] Moore, will be back on breakfast tomorrow (Tuesday 4th August) for a one-off.
They were Hobart's most popular breakfast team for 2 decades until it finished in 2003.

#8 Moasaica

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 03:28 PM

Two things worth noting on Tasmanian commercial radio at the moment:

* LAFM in Launceston is now streaming online.

* 7HO-FM in Hobart is now taking the "Hot 30 Countdown" from the Austereo Today Network, competing head-to-head with Sea FM's "The Hit List". Heart 107.3 is now the only commercial station targeting an adult audience at nights with their "30 Something" countdown, which is 'hubbed' from the Gold Coast. This means that NONE of the commercial radio stations in Hobart have any local programming at night, with 936 ABC Hobart the only major radio station to have it.

#9 Alista

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:34 PM

Two things worth noting on Tasmanian commercial radio at the moment:

* LAFM in Launceston is now streaming online.

* 7HO-FM in Hobart is now taking the "Hot 30 Countdown" from the Austereo Today Network, competing head-to-head with Sea FM's "The Hit List". Heart 107.3 is now the only commercial station targeting an adult audience at nights with their "30 Something" countdown, which is 'hubbed' from the Gold Coast. This means that NONE of the commercial radio stations in Hobart have any local programming at night, with 936 ABC Hobart the only major radio station to have it.


Yeah LAFM and 7HO are both owned by Grant's so both now take 'Hot 30 Countdown' Also SeaFm Devonport, Burnie & Scottsdale/St Helens are also Grant so are also taking 'hot 30 countdown'. Lost The Hit List a few months ago... thinking the agreement with Mac Bank ran out...
Also 7SD, 7AD and 7BU are all taking local feeds at night out of Launceston after the 30 Something countdown also was lost. I also think that The Love Lounge was way better than 30 Something!

#10 Moasaica

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 02:17 PM

Yeah LAFM and 7HO are both owned by Grant's so both now take 'Hot 30 Countdown' Also SeaFm Devonport, Burnie & Scottsdale/St Helens are also Grant so are also taking 'hot 30 countdown'. Lost The Hit List a few months ago... thinking the agreement with Mac Bank ran out...
Also 7SD, 7AD and 7BU are all taking local feeds at night out of Launceston after the 30 Something countdown also was lost. I also think that The Love Lounge was way better than 30 Something!


Despite having less commercial radio stations than Hobart, I'm thinking that the Northern Tasmania markets have better commercial radio stations than Hobart at present, mainly because they don't have MacSC-owned stations. This is despite the fact that LAFM is the only commercial radio station in Launceston.

Up to around 2008, Hobart had better commercial radio stations than Northern Tasmania, as Heart 107.3 was a mainly "Classic Hits" station (which is not anymore), something that the Northern Tasmania markets don't really have back then. Even if 7SD, 7AD & 7BU were "Classic Hits" stations under Mac Bank, Heart 107.3 probably was sounding better than the Northern Tasmanian stations in regards to the aforementioned music format, not withstanding the fact that 7SD/7AD/7BU broadcasts on the AM band, whereas Heart 107.3 broadcasts on the FM band.

How similar does LAFM sound to 7HO, given that they're both owned by Grant Broadcasters? That question is open to those who listen to 7HO fairly regularly, as well as considering the fact that 7HO doesn't stream online, whereas LAFM do.

Edited by dtv_campbelltown, 11 October 2009 - 02:19 PM.


#11 Moasaica

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 01:35 PM

A member on MediaSpy has posted an hourly music log from LAFM Launceston, which can be seen here: http://www.mediaspy....h...st&p=663983

#12 Moasaica

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 10:33 AM

According to MediaSpy, Launceston will soon finally have a decent & real 2nd commercial radio station, after Grant Broadcasters, who own LAFM, has entered an agreement to acquire the city's second commercial radio licence from Tasradio Pty. Ltd (TOTE Sport Radio).

This will mean that Launceston will finally have a varying choice of music between the two commercial radio stations similar to that of Scottsdale, Devonport & Burnie markets, where one station will have a Top 40 format while the other station will have a Classic Hits/AC format.
In a way, Launceston will probably have better commercial radio stations than Hobart, as there's no competition in the market. As a result of this, in Hobart, out of the 3 commercial stations available in the Apple Isle capital, there's effectively two Top 40-skewed stations in Sea FM & 7HO, while Heart is more of a rock-skewed "Jack FM" station, similar to 2GO Gosford or Gold FM Gold Coast.

Interesting times ahead for commercial radio in Launceston, the 2nd largest city in Tasmania. :)

BTW, 7HO in Hobart is now streaming online, which has been the case for about a few months now.

Edited by dtv_campbelltown, 07 September 2010 - 10:38 AM.


#13 DigitalRadioNow

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:32 AM

According to MediaSpy,


Do you or anyone have a copy of the PDF of Grant B'casters announcement that actually works? It won't open for me, the copy on Jocks Journal, artwork displays but not the all important text. A screen shot perhaps would work?

#14 Moasaica

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 02:43 PM

Do you or anyone have a copy of the PDF of Grant B'casters announcement that actually works? It won't open for me, the copy on Jocks Journal, artwork displays but not the all important text. A screen shot perhaps would work?


Not exactly a PDF, but it's just as good: http://www.grantbroa.......s&Itemid=54

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 10:45 AM

Not exactly a PDF, but it's just as good: http://www.grantbroa.......s&Itemid=54


Thanks, much appreciated. It was the grey text that did not display on the JJ PDF. I created a PDF via my Apple computer and had no problems and same if I had Publisher etc and saved it as a PDF, unsure why it didn't work for them.

#16 Moasaica

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:03 AM

Thanks to a weblink via MediaSpy, Launceston will get their 2nd real commercial FM station on January 26th 2011. The new station will be Chilli FM 90.1, which is set to be playing today's hit music.

This would mean that LAFM would be heading more towards an AC/Classic Hits format, playing mainly 70s/80s music with some 60s & 90s/00s/today's music, similar to that of 7SD, 7AD & 7BU. It would also be the first time in around 20 years that Launceston actually has 2 real commercial radio stations, in which there's a possibility that it may actually be better than Hobart's commercial radio stations (Heart & Sea FM are owned by SC Media, so it's not hard to come to that conclusion), despite the fact that Hobart has 3 commercial radio stations (7HO is sort of being a clone of Sea FM these days).

#17 M'bozo

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 12:02 PM

Launceston


I prefer Tamar FM (95.3) when not listening to the ABC or internet radio.

Commercial stations of all ilks piss me off with their ads.

Anyway, isn't this a digital radio topic I'm posting in?

Or should the heading be "Digital Television (and Radio)" ? :unsure:

Edited by M'bozo, 31 December 2010 - 12:05 PM.


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