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City of license Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane Gold Coast Ipswich Sunshine Coast Tweed Heads
Slogan Good Times And Great Classic Hits
Frequency 693 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date May 7, 1947 (1947-05-07)[1]
Format Classic Hits
Language(s) English
Power 10,000 watts Day / 5,000 watts Night
Transmitter coordinates 27°22′47″S 153°14′6″E / 27.37972°S 153.23500°E / -27.37972; 153.23500
Former frequencies 690 kHz (1948–1978)
650 kHz (1947–1948)
Affiliations Pure Gold Network
Owner Australian Radio Network Pty Ltd
(ARN Communications Pty Ltd)
Webcast [1]
Website 4kq.com.au

4KQ is a commercial radio station in Brisbane, Australia owned by the Australian Radio Network.


Planning for the station began after a license with the callsign 4KQ was granted in August 1946.[2] It began broadcasting on the 7th of May 1947 on 650 kHz under the ownership of the Australian Labor Party.[3] The station was involved in number of controversies relating to this ownership.[4][5][6]

On September 1, 1948, the station changed to 690 kHz.[7] Originally operating at 1000W at launch, aprroval was given to upgrade to 2000W in April 1954.[8]

Later the station moved to 693 kHz in 1978. 4KQ broadcasts from its studios in the Brisbane suburb of Stones Corner, along with its sister station 97.3 FM (Brisbane). It presents a Classic Hits format of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with some 90's, aimed at listeners 40 – 54 years of age.


4KQ's main programming component is their Classic Hits music format. News Bulletins are also aired hourly weekdays from 5am to 6pm, with an increased half hourly frequency during the Breakfast program. On weekends, these air from 6am to 12pm. Traffic reports are also aired hourly, with an increased 15-minute frequency during the weekday Breakfast program, and 20-minute frequency during the weekday Drive program.


Show Presenters Time
The 4KQ Breakfast Team Laurel Edwards, 'Handy' Gary Clare & Mark Hine 5:30am to 9:00am
Mornings Nick Michaels 9:00am to 2:00pm
Afternoons Paul Kennedy 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Classic Hits At Night Brent James 7:00pm to 12:00am (Mon - Thur)
Friday Night Fever Brent James 7:00pm to 12:00am (Friday)


Show Presenter Time
My Generation Jonesy and Amanda 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Jukebox Saturday Night 6:00pm to 12:00am


Show Presenter Time
Sunday Morning 60's Brent James 6.00am to 10.00am
Living In The 70s Brent James 6:00pm to 11:00pm


  1. ^ "4KQ Goes On The Air". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1947-05-08. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Labour Radio Will Be 4KQ". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1946-08-16. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Labor's 4KQ "On The Air"". Worker (Brisbane). 1947-05-12. p. 1. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Premier Warned On Cash To 4KQ". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1947-10-22. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Promise to check 4KQ advertising". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1949-03-16. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Liberals protest 4KQ cut speech by Hiley". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1949-10-15. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Radio change costly (You'll need new dial)". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1948-08-25. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  8. ^ "More Watts To Radio Stations". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane). 1954-04-23. p. 8. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 

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