Edge 96.1

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The Edge 96.ONE
City of license Katoomba, New South Wales
Broadcast area Katoomba, New South Wales
Slogan Hits That Move You
Frequency Analog 96.1 MHz FM, DAB+ in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
First air date 23 October1992
Format Rhythmic contemporary
Language(s) English
Power 5kw
Transmitter coordinates 33°43′23″S 150°23′6″E / 33.72306°S 150.38500°E / -33.72306; 150.38500
Owner Australian Radio Network
Sister stations WSFM 101.7 &Kiis 106.5
Webcast 96ONE Listen Live Edge Digital
Website Edge Sydney, Edge Digital

The Edge 96.One (call sign: 2ONE) is a music radio station based in outer Sydney, Australia, but licensed to Katoomba. It is operated by the Australian Radio Network.[1]

History[edit]

Formerly AM station 2KA, previous Station ID'S since 1992 include One FM, and 9inety6ix.1one. The station played Top 40 mainstream CHR (1992–1997, 1999–2005) and Alternative Rock (1998) before its current "Hip hop and R&B" phase (2006-).

In 1997, the station was sold by Mike Walsh to ARN and now, ARN owns three Sydney radio stations: Edge 96.One, KIIS 106.5 and WSFM 101.7

Since Australian Radio Network Owned OneFM, the station studio from Penrith was then moved to Seven Hills with WSFM 101.7. In 2002 the Edge 96.One was moved to its present home now North Ryde as did WSFM 101.7.[2]

Although licensed to Katoomba/Blue Mountains/Penrith, its signal, at 5 kW located at Wentworth Falls, is enough to cover most of the Sydney basin subject to local interference. It can also be heard in some parts of Wollongong. The Edge 96.One was taken to court in the 1990s for excessive coverage overspill by 2Day FM and 2MMM. They lost and The Edge was able to continue broadcasting.[citation needed]

AC Nielson choose not to include it's figures in the Sydney Nielsen polls, with its figures forming part of the 'Other' stations in the survey. Because the station is not licensed to serve the Sydney market, ARN can own it as well as the Sydney licensed WSFM 101.7 and Kiis 106.5.[citation needed]

It was in 2006 that Australian Radio Network decided to launch the first pure urban format radio station in the country, on The Edge. The format change was due to the overwhelming response to the nightly urban count down, “Ksera & The Dirty Dozen”, with Ksera and Kris Fade that culminated in being awarded Best Radio Show Australia and New Zealand at the 2006 Urban Music Awards.[3] While The Edge has evolved into a more contemporary hits format with an urban influence, ARN have chosen to capitalise on the established ‘Ksera’ brand, and continue to service the confirmed urban audience in Australia on a national level by launching KseraRadio.com, streaming on-line now.

In 2009, The Edge 96.One launched a sister station of the same format on DAB+ in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney under the name of Edge Digital.

In April 2011, The Edge Breakfast welcomed back former Edge 96.One announcers Mike E and Emma Chow [4] after breakfast hosts, Christo and Katie, defected to rival FM station Nova 96.9 in March[citation needed]

Studios[edit]

Penrith: Cnr Henry & Lawson St (1992–1997)

Seven Hills Leabons Lane (1997–2002)

North Ryde: Byfield Street (2002–Present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Australian Radio Network - Forums". Media Spy. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  3. ^ "KseraRadio.com". KseraRadio.com. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 

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