Sea FM 101.5/95.1

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4RGK is a radio station in Central Queensland, broadcasting as Sea FM. The station is owned and operated by Macquarie Southern Cross Media out of studios in Rockhampton, Queensland.

History[edit]

4RGK began test broadcasts in Rockhampton and Gladstone in September 2000, and officially launched as Sea FM in October 2000. When the station was launched, it was owned by RG Capital Radio, which already owned the existing Rockhampton AM station 4RO.

A rival radio company, DMG Regional Radio, also launched their FM station in Rockhampton at the same time, with Hot FM beginning transmission in Central Queensland. RG Capital Radio and DMG Regional Radio both successfully bid for the FM licenses in 1998, eventually leading to the launch of both stations in 2000.

Unlike Sea FM, which began broadcasting a 'live and local' format between 5am and 6pm, Hot FM heavily relied on networking from their hub in Townsville between 10am and 5am, similar to their former AM sister station 4CC. Sea FM's music format has varied since its launch, with the station currently playing a mild classic hits format with some new music included.

The station has a local breakfast show between 5:30am and 10am hosted by Mark "Chooky" Edwards and Brad Villiers, with Glenn "Minty" Mintern (10am - 1pm) and Tim Aquilina (1pm - 4pm) announcing during the day. From January 2009, Sea FM also begin taking the nationally syndicated "Hamish and Andy" drive time show between 4pm and 6pm. Sea FM also broadcasts a local news service, with local journalist Lisa Benoit reading the local news during the breakfast show at 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:30am, and reading a mixture of local and national news at 9am, 10am, 11am and midday. All of the other news bulletins are provided by the Macquarie Southern Cross Media newsrooms in either Townsville or the Gold Coast.

Coordinates: 23°20′20″S 150°34′40″E / 23.3388°S 150.5779°E / -23.3388; 150.5779