96.5 Wave FM

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96.5 Wave FM is a local radio station servicing the Wollongong & Illawarra region of New South Wales. The station can be heard from Helensburgh in the north, to Bowral in the west, and Ulladulla in the south. Originally known as 2WL, on the AM band, the station has been broadcasting since the 1930s.

Current Hosts[edit]

Travis Winks & Emma Bennett are the current hosts of The Hot Breakfast which runs from 5-9am each weekday (Emma is filling in for Jade Papesch who is currently on maternity leave and has hosted the breakfast program with Travis since April 2012). Wave FM News chief, Rob Gooda presents half-hourly news, sport and weather updates for the show.

Dave "Clarky" Clark, Ilana Pender-Rose, Ricardo Bardon and "Kiwi" Todd Stevens host throughout the day. Weekends feature various announcers including Dave Clark, Ricardo Bardon, Dean "Deano" Kesby, Ilana Pender-Rose, "Kiwi" Todd Stevens, AJ Jarrett and Glenn "Stolzy" Stolzenhein.


The station was originally skewed to a baby boomer demographic, playing the best of the 60's, 70's and 80's, as well as a few new tunes. However recently they have incorporated more and more new music, and is now a mix of 80's 90's and new music.


The slogan for the station is currently "80's, 90's and Now" showing that they play a mix of songs from those eras. Previously they have used "The Illawarra's Best Music Variety," "Radio that Rocks," and "Playing Whatever We Feel Like" slogans.


Cumulative audience all people aged 10+, 5am-12midnight, Monday to Sunday is 76,200. Audience share is 19.2%.


News is presented at 5:00am, 5:30am, 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am, 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm on weekdays. News is on the hour between 9am and 6pm on weekends.

Rob Gooda (5:30am-11:30am, weekdays. Saturday Mornings)

Caitlin Nienaber (12:00pm - 6:00pm, weekdays)

News runs for 4 minutes and includes local, national, international news, sport, weather and finance. In breakfast and drive time slots traffic news airs.


The Breakfast Show was hosted by

  • Dave Gorr & Phebe Irwin (?-07)
  • Dave Gorr & Greg Vincent (2007-08)
  • Dave Gorr, Greg Vincent & Jade Papesch (2008-10)
  • Sammy Power & Dave Gorr (2011)
  • Sammy Power & Greg Vincent (2011)
  • Sammy Power, Greg Vincent & Travis Winks (2011-12)
  • Travis Winks & Jade Papesch (2012-)


  • Dave Stretton (?-10)
  • Desiree Savage (2010-12)
  • Dave Clark (2012-13)
  • Adam Straney (2013-)


  • Steve Fox (?-2012)
  • Dave Clark (2012-13)
  • Kiwi Todd (2013-)


  • Dave Clark (?-10)
  • Dave Clark & Jade Papesch (2011-12)
  • Kiwi Todd (2012)
  • Kiwi Todd & Wally (2012)
  • Foxy (2012-13)
  • Dave Clark (2013-)


  • Jade Papesch (2004-07)
  • Adam (AJ) Jarrett (2007-2009)
  • Nights with Alice Cooper (2009-2011)
  • Kiwi Todd (2011-12)
  • Jacqui or Kel (2012-13)
  • Greg Vincent (2013)
  • Ricardo Bardon (2013-)