93.1 Star FM
2WG and 2WZD studios
|City of license||Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia|
|Broadcast area||Riverina, South West Slopes|
|Branding||931 Star FM|
|Slogan||Your Hit Music Station|
|Frequency||93.1 MHz FM|
|Repeaters||103.1 MHz FM|
|First air date||July 1994|
|Owner||Southern Cross Media Group
(Riverina Broadcasters Pty Ltd)
On 14 November 1991 the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (ABT) granted an FM commercial licence to Wagga and Riverina FM Stereo Broadcasters Pty Limited, which was to be Wagga FM but the incumbent, Riverina Broadcasters Pty Limited, the licensee of 2WG, successfully appealed in the Australian Federal Court in September 1992.
The Federal Courts found that the decision the ABT made was an error of law. On 5 October 1992, the ABT and Broadcasting Act 1942 were replaced by the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) and the Broadcasting Act 1992. On 2 December 1992, South West Media Ltd who were also competing for an independent FM licence, advised the ABA it was withdrawing its licence application.
The ABA announced that an inquiry into the licence grant would be held on 19 – 20 May 1993 at The Old Wagga Inn. The inquiry would re-examine Wagga and Riverina FM Stereo Broadcasters application which Riverina Broadcasters had contested. The inquiry would also look at the application for a supplementary FM commercial licence from Riverina Broadcasters, and at the viability of Riverina Broadcasters if an FM commercial licence was granted to a second independent licensee in the city.
On 12 October 1993, ABA that announced the FM commercial licence was granted to Riverina Broadcasters and it decided not to grant an independent FM licence, as the ABA found that the viability of Riverina Broadcasters would have been jeopardised if an independent FM licence was granted.
In 2000 the station sacked four of its radio presenters and began networking with the StarFM network hub in Albury. On 11 April 2000 Duncan Potts and Leighton Marshall began broadcasting as breakfast announcers on the station. On 6 June 2000, 2WZD relocated from its Fitzmaurice Street studios to the Prime Television studios in the suburb of Kooringal. In September 2004, DMG Radio sold the stations to Macquarie Regional RadioWorks.
- "ABA revisits Wagga Wagga for FM licence inquiry". Australian Broadcasting Authority. 1993-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- "New FM radio service for Wagga". Australian Broadcasting Authority. 1993-10-12. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- "About Us". The Radio. 93.1 Star FM. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- Grimson, Ken (2000-04-12). "Wagga radio stars dumped". The Daily Advertiser. pp. 1, 4.
- Bartlett, Jason (2000-06-07). "Move marks start of a new era for Wagga broadcaster". The Daily Advertiser. p. 3.
- Catalano, Christian (2004-09-03). "Macquarie pays $194m in radio deal". Fairfax. The Age. Retrieved 2008-04-27.