Wow FM

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Wow FM 100.7
2wow radio logo.png
Broadcast area Penrith, Sydney
Slogan The Voice of the Penrith Valley
Frequency 100.7 mHz FM
First air date 2001
Format Community radio
Callsign meaning 2 = New South Wales
Way
Out
West
Owner Way Out West Fine Music Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website Official website

Wow FM (100.7 FM, callsign "2WOW") is a community radio station based in St Marys in Sydney. The station broadcasts to part of Western Sydney, mainly centered on the City of Penrith.[1] Wow FM is a volunteer-run organisation and is funded through listener support, grants and limited commercial sponsorship.[2]

Programming[edit]

The station's programs cover a range of music styles including adult contemporary, rock and roll, country, multicultural and Christian programming,[3] although for vast parts of the day, relays satellite programming from the Community Radio Network (CRN). Wow FM also broadcasts programs that are presented by special interest groups or in languages other than English.[4][5]

History[edit]

In June 2001, "Way Out West (WOW) FM" beat one other radio station for a permanent license from the Australian Broadcasting Authority.[6] This was due to the perceived need for multicultural programs in the Penrith area, which WOW FM devoted a large proportion of their airtime, although only 10% of Penrith LGA residents come from a non-English-speaking background.

In September 2001, 2WOW was a finalist for the Hillbilly Radio Station of the Year Award from the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, along with every other station that plays country music.[7]

In November 2001, WOW FM began broadcasting national news updates produced in Bathurst by media students at Charles Sturt University.[8]

WOW FM added a "Kids Club" feature in February 2002 that allows local primary school students to learn about radio broadcasting and promote their schools.[9] Later that month, the station joined the "Work for the Dole" project by giving thirty unemployed young people the chance to study interviewing, computer skills, and Internet broadcasting.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Kevin (31 October 2008). "FM Radio New South Wales". AusRadioStations.com. 
  2. ^ "Wow FM About Us". Wow FM 100.7. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "WOW FM 100.7". CBOnline. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Historical society interview downloads". St Marys Historical Society. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Penrith Wall of Achievement". City of Penrith. 2008. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Station WOWs 'em for permanent licence". Penrith Press. 12 June 2001. 
  7. ^ "Share in show history". Penrith Press. 11 September 2001. 
  8. ^ "WOW tunes in for local news". Penrith Press. 4 December 2001. 
  9. ^ "Wowing new audience becomes child's play". Penrith Press. 12 February 2002. 
  10. ^ "Giving west a new voice". Penrith Press. 26 February 2002. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°46′06″S 150°46′24″E / 33.7683°S 150.7734°E / -33.7683; 150.7734