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CityAdelaide, South Australia
Broadcast areaAdelaide RA1
SloganTalking Adelaide
Frequency1395 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date9 March 1976 (1976-03-09) [1]
FormatTalkback radio
Transmitter coordinates34°45′34″S 138°36′26″E / 34.7594°S 138.6072°E / -34.7594; 138.6072Coordinates: 34°45′34″S 138°36′26″E / 34.7594°S 138.6072°E / -34.7594; 138.6072
Call sign meaning5 Adelaide Australia
OwnerNOVA Entertainment
Sister stationsNova 91.9, Coles Radio and Smooth FM
WebcastListen Live

FIVEaa (formerly known by its callsign 5AA) is Adelaide's only commercial talkback radio station. The station has a range of programs including news, sports, current affairs, social issues, football calls, gardening, lifestyle, cars, travel and health. It is owned by NOVA Entertainment.


5AA commenced service in Kent Town on 14 March 1976[1] on the frequency 1390 am. It was moved to 1386 AM with the introduction of 9 kHz spacing on the AM dial in 1978. The station now broadcasts on 1395 AM.

5AA commenced its life with a "Beautiful Music" format and quickly became Adelaide's no 1 rating radio station. In 1976, the only FM competition was ABC Classic FM. AM stations were ABC Adelaide, 5DN 972 - "Licensed to talk" and music stations 5KA on 1197AM and 5AD on 1323AM.

In the 1980s, 5AA was sold to the State Government-owned TAB betting agency, ditching music to begin broadcasting horse and dog racing, with talkback in between race calls. The station shifted to the TAB headquarters in Pulteney Court, Adelaide, with "Talk of the Town" as its slogan. However, it plummeted in popularity as a result of its schizophrenic broadcasting policy. With the advent of narrowcast licences, the TAB purchased frequency 1539AM and shifted all racing there, freeing up 5AA for talk and interviews.

A new slogan was adopted in the early 1990s; "5AA, Where you don't miss a thing" and the station began a slow rise in the ratings to challenge ABC Radio and 5DN (now Cruise 1323).

On 27 September 1996, 5AA was separated from the TAB and sold by the State Liberal Olsen Government as part of its asset sales program to repay state debt, 5 years after the $3 billion collapse of the State Bank. The new owner was dmg Radio Australia, with CEO Paul Thompson, which had national headquarters in Adelaide. (In 1980, Thompson had established Double-S-A FM (now HIT 107) as the first FM commercial radio station in Adelaide, which led to the formation of radio giant Austereo.)

In 2000, another new logo was adopted with the slogan "Interactive Radio FIVEaa".

In October 2004 the station shifted to new premises in Hindmarsh Square alongside Nova 91.9FM, also owned by dmg Radio Australia, which had launched two months earlier.

In November 2009 dmg (now NOVA Entertainment) sold 50% of the station to Lachlan Murdoch's company Illyria, and Paul Thompson became non-executive Chairman for six months. When NOVA itself was acquired by Illyria in September 2012,[2] it became the sole owner of the station.

Programmes in 2020[edit]

Monday - Friday

  • FIVEaa Breakfast Show with David Penberthy and Will Goodings (with comedy contributions by Jon Blake) - 6am to 9am
  • Mornings with Leon Byner - 9am to 12pm
  • Channel 9 News on Fiveaa - 12pm to 12:30pm
  • Afternoons with Tony Pilkington - 12:30pm to 3pm
  • Conversations with Graham Cornes - 3pm to 4pm
  • FIVEaa Sports Show with Stephen Rowe, Mark Bickley and Jarrod Walsh - 4pm to 6pm
  • Sportsday SA with David Wildy and Malcolm Blight - 6pm to 7pm
  • Jon Blake Show (joined by Laura Medlin) - 7pm to 8pm
  • Evenings with Jeremy Cordeaux - 8pm to 12am
  • Midnight to Dawn with Peter Godfrey - 12am to 5am
  • The Morning Run with Tom Rehn - 5am to 6am


  • Michael Keelan's Weekend (joined by Leith Forrest) - 6am to 9am
  • FIVEaa Saturday Sport Show - 9am to 12pm
  • Evenings With Andrew Reimer 7pm - 12am
  • Midnight to Dawn with David Bruce 12am - 6am

Other shows include, Sundays with Leith Forrest, and Weekends on FIVEaa with various hosts including Andrew Reimer 7 pm till midnight and Brad Aldridge.

Additionally, FIVEaa is also the AM broadcaster in Adelaide for all Australian Football League (AFL) games involving the two Adelaide-based teams, Adelaide and Port Adelaide, while taking games involving interstate teams from affiliate stations such as 3AW in Melbourne and 6PR in Perth. AFL broadcasts are referred to on the station as "FIVEaaFL". FIVEaa also broadcasts select local South Australian National Football League (SANFL) matches, including the finals and Grand Final. During the A-League season the station occasionally broadcasts Adelaide United home games.

See also[edit]

  • John Kenneally, breakfast presenter and evening music presenter, 2010 –


  1. ^ a b "Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Lachlan Murdoch acquires other half of DMG Radio". MediaSpy. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.

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