7HO FM (call sign: 7HHO) is one of 3 commercial radio stations in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It commenced broadcasting on 13 August 1930, as the first commercial radio station in its city.
The station's initial frequency was 890 kHzAM, in 1935 moving to 860 kHz, then in 1978 to 864 kHz. The "HO" derives from the surname of the founder of the station Ron Hope, not Hobart as many may believe.
On 1 November 1990, 7HO converted to the FM band - 101.7 MHz. The official call-sign was changed to 7HHO but the station identified on-air as "Mix 101 HOFM". It then rebranded as "HOFM", and on November 5, 2007, it re-added the "7" to its branding, changing its on-air name to "7HO FM".
The station's breakfast comedy show was for many years hosted by Bob Cooke and the station's co-owner, Richard Moore. The show started in 1982. Cooke retired in the late 1990s and became a hobbyist woodworker. Moore retired some years later. One of his daughters, Elizabeth Moore, was involved in a controversial underage relationship with a much older man, Gene Graham. (Liz Moore later became pregnant to Gene Graham and gave birth to his illegitimate son, Sam Graham.) Prior to working together on the radio show, Cooke and Moore had hosted a television show for children on Hobart's TVT-6 and performed as a stage act.
The Cooke and Moore Show's style of comedy was consistently lowbrow and was very similar to that of Daryl Somers during his tenure as the host of Hey Hey It's Saturday. Cooke and Moore also played a number of fictional character on-air, including Mickey Finn and Knocker Knowles (a shady used car salesman and his dim-witted, former AFL footballer accomplice), Vinnie and the V8s (a group of middle-aged men living out their fantasy of being 1950s-style rock stars), Whimmo the Wonder Clown and the R-Rated Cowboy. Much of Cooke and Moore's humour involved general banter between them in the guises of their various characters. Their humour also characteristically featured heavy use of crudeness and sexual double-entendres.
7HO is famous in London for being mentioned on an advertising jingle for Hobart. Originally played for amusement on Capital Radio during the morning by Chris Tarrant, the jingle quickly became a running gag. This culminated in Chris Tarrant doing a tour of Australia, finishing with broadcasting his morning show to Londoners from the studios of 7HO in Hobart on the last day of his tour.