Nova 96.9

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Nova 96.9 FM
Nova 969 logo.svg
Broadcast area Sydney, Australia, Central Coast, Illawarra and Southern Highlands
Slogan Live Life Nova
Frequency 96.9 MHz FM
First air date 1 April 2001 (2001-04-01)[1]
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 150 kW
Class Commercial
Transmitter coordinates 33°43′43″S 151°11′1″E / 33.72861°S 151.18361°E / -33.72861; 151.18361[2]
Callsign meaning 2-New South Wales SYD-Sydney
Owner NOVA Entertainment
(Nova 96.9 Pty Ltd[3])
Sister stations smoothfm 95.3
Nova 969 studios at Pyrmont

Nova 96.9 (call sign: 2SYD) is a commercial radio station operating in Sydney, Australia.

The station is owned by NOVA Entertainment along with sister station, smoothfm 95.3

Line Up[edit]

Nova 96.9 has a variety of different show across the week.

Weekdays 5am - 9am & Sunday - Friday 6pm - 7pm This is Sydney's local breakfast show which has frequent competitions and occasional celebrity guests. There is a nightly national hourly recap featuring the best of the morning show. Since June 2014, Fitzy & Wippa has started at 5am not 6am

  • Rabbit

Weekdays 9am - 12pm The morning show, which has occasional competitions.

  • Harlee McLeod

Weekdays 12pm - 4pm The afternoon program, also with occasional competitions.

Weekdays 4pm - 6pm The national drive show. It includes group discussions and other parts like Kate, Tim and Marty's Mail Bag and Jacuzzi Friday.

  • Smallzy's Surgery

Weekdays 7pm - 10pm and Sundays 3pm - 6pm This is the national night time show and Sunday afternoon program. At 9pm he plays the nine most requested songs by listeners. He also gives away many tickets to gigs and has many competitions and has frequent Celebrity guests which can be celebs such as One Direction, Katy Perry, The Vamps, Jessica Mauboy and Iggy Azalea.

  • Late Nights with Ben Wood

Weeknights 10pm - 1am This is the late night show. It is national and sometimes has special guests.

  • Fresh 40 with Smallzy

Saturdays 3pm - 6pm The only Real Time chart show in Australia. Based on the iTunes Charts, the top 40 - 10 are done on a weekly basis but at 5pm the top 10 are locked in real time. There is usually a weekly based Top 10 at the start and Top 3 from UK and US at the start of the show.

  • Confidential On Nova

Sundays 7pm - 9pm Hosted by JMo and Elle, this is the show for all your celeb gloss and news and also includes interviews.

Outside of these times other presenters present or sometimes nobody presents, just music. Other notable presenters include Aaron Rich, Grant Simile, Nath Valvo and Jaden.


Nova is generally the FM station of choice for under 40's with a 8% share of the Sydney audience on average which is on par with rival KIIS FM. Kate, Tim & Marty is the highest rated Nova show receiving 13% of Sydney's Drive time audience. Smallzy's Surgery receives a good 10% share for the nighttime slot and Fitzy & Wippa receive a fair 8% of Sydney's Breakfast audience. [1]

In November 2014, a 30 second ad on Nova in breakfast cost $535 and in drive cost $500 (with Nova holding a 6.7% and 8.6% share respectively in these slots at the time).[4]


One of the driving forces behind the creation of Nova was the growing demographic of youth who were embracing the commercialised anti-pop movement fronted by such artists as Daft Punk and Spiderbait, but for whom Triple J, operated by the publicly funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, had no commercial incentives to offer. Initially the music selection on Nova 96.9 was very similar to that of Triple J, and a number of the station presenters, most notably former breakfast hosts Merrick and Rosso, which were also former Triple J staff. However, while Triple J has retained its alternative style, Nova has drifted towards a more commercial format. Meanwhile, other stations have adopted Nova's more varied programming style, to the point where Nova is now hard to tell apart from other commercial FM stations.[citation needed]

Along with its sister stations Nova 100 Melbourne, Nova 106.9 Brisbane, Nova 91.9 Adelaide and Nova 93.7 Perth, Nova claims to be Australia's leading under 40s brand.

Since 2011 Nova 96.9 have been sponsoring A-League club Sydney FC.[5]


  1. ^ Williamson, Brooke (2001-04-02). "Radio star is born - Station mixes it with the best.". The Daily Telegraph. p. 7. 
  2. ^ The Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations Book. Australian Communications and Media Authority. October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ LIC022 - Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licences, Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2011-08-31 
  4. ^ Lallo, Michael (November 9, 2014). "'Also Ran Network' seals victory with a Kiis". The Sun-Herald (Sydney, Australia). 
  5. ^ "Official Sponsors". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 

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