ABC Capricornia

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837 ABC Capricornia
4RK Studio at the Rockhampton Post Office, March 1931.jpgG. Gardiner, radio announcer in the studio at the Rockhampton post office in 1931
Broadcast area Rockhampton and The Capricorn Coast
Frequency 837 kHz AM
First air date 29 July 1931
Format Talk
Transmitter coordinates 23°22′48.22″S 150°30′56.63″E / 23.3800611°S 150.5157306°E / -23.3800611; 150.5157306
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation

4RK, better known as ABC Capricornia is one of the ABC's original regional radio stations, predating the Corporation's inception on 1 July 1932. 4RK, as it was known at the time, began broadcasting on 29 July 1931 and was owned by the Australian Broadcasting Company. The power was initially 2 kilowatts. The transmitting equipment was established by Keith Thow of STC.[1]

The station became part of the ABC, in 1932 but retained its original callsign. The station was the second regional ABC radio station in Australia. The station celebrated its 75th birthday in 2006.[2]

Staff based at ABC Capricornia cover the ABC's television, radio and online operations for the areas including journalists, presenters and producers as well as an online producer, television reporter, and camera producer/editor.

Full five minute local radio news bulletins are broadcast on ABC Capricornia at 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm weekdays.

The station is based in Rockhampton, but also maintains facilities in Gladstone. The station's local breakfast show starts at 5.35 am with Jacquie Mackay, and is followed by Aaron Stevens morning program from 8.30 to 11 am. The network's statewide drive program, Afternoons with Georgia Stynes, is also presented from Rockhampton between 2 pm and 4 pm weekdays.

The station also broadcasts a local Saturday breakfast show from 6 am until 8:30 am and a local Saturday morning sports program from 8:30 am until 10 am.


control room in 1931
Erecting radio mast for 4RK in 1931
  1. ^ "4RK Rockhampton". Evening Post CXII (26). 30 July 1931. p. 22. 
  2. ^ Martin Powley (15 April 2008). "The history of ABC Capricornia".