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This article is about a regional radio station in Australia. For the national radio station in South Africa, see SAfm.
Broadcast area Adelaide, South Australia
Slogan Adelaide's Hit Music Station
Frequency 107.1 MHz FM (1987–present)
First air date 12 September 1980 (1980-09-12)
Format Top 40 (CHR)
Language(s) English
Former frequencies 107.5 MHz FM (1980–1987)
Affiliations Today Network
Owner Austereo Radio Network
Sister stations 5MMM
Webcast SAFM Player
Website Official website

SAFM (call sign: 5SSA) is a commercial FM radio station in Adelaide, South Australia primarily targeted at those in the 16–35 age group on a frequency of 107.1 MHz, and part of Austereo's Today Network.

Station History[edit]

The station commenced broadcasting in 1980, on the frequency of 107.5 MHz, with a call sign of 5SSA and an original on-air ID of "Triple SA-FM" which was very short lived but soon replaced by "Double SA-FM". It was the first commercial radio station to broadcast on the FM band in Adelaide. Initially SA-FM was somewhat of a fringe operation, hampered largely by the fact that many houses, and more importantly most contemporary cars, did not have the ability to receive FM radio broadcasts.

Later, it changed its name to "SAFM", and altered its frequency slightly to 107.1 MHz. A second frequency, 91.1 MHz, was added as what was the first of many repeater frequencies in Adelaide, required due to Adelaide's sometimes problematic television and radio reception idiosyncrasies.

Prior to the commercial introduction of the Compact Disc audio format to the Australian market, SAFM obtained one of the first Sony CD consumer players, which was used on-air for demonstrating this new format to the public.

Throughout the late 1980s, most of the 1990s and the early 2000s, it was the highest rating station in Adelaide; in 2005, however, it dropped back to third position, behind talk station FIVEaa and music station Mix 102.3.

In November 2003 SAFM changed from CHR/Pop Hits to an adult contemporary format, but both SAFM and Triple M Adelaide changed back their original formats in December 2005.

Digital Radio[edit]

SAFM is simulcast on Digital Radio in Adelaide.

SAFM launched Choose The Hits Jelli, a station only broadcast on Digital Radio, was launched on 1 February 2010, and closed on 26th May 2010.[citation needed]

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