ABC Radio Melbourne

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ABC Radio Melbourne
Broadcast area Melbourne metropolitan area RA1[1]
Branding ABC Radio Melbourne
Slogan It's where you live
Repeater(s) 89.5 MHz FM Apollo Bay
96.1 MHz FM Mount Donna Buang
Format Talk
Language(s) English
ERP 50 kW[2]
Callsign meaning 3 – Victoria
LOndon (Homage to 2LO)
Former frequencies 770 kHz AM (1935–1978)
800 kHz AM (1924–1935)
Owner ABC Radio and Regional Content
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Sister stations
Website ABC Radio Melbourne

ABC Radio Melbourne is an ABC Local Radio station in Melbourne, Australia. Originally known by its callsign 3LO, it began transmission on 13 October 1924 – Melbourne's second radio station after 3AR.

Most Local Radio stations in Victoria simulcast ABC Radio Melbourne's programming when not airing local shows for their areas.


The station was initially owned by the Broadcasting Company of Australia, which represented, amongst others, J and N Tait (theatrical entrepreneurs), Buckley and Nunn Limited (a department store) and The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd (a newspaper company).[3] It was named after 2LO in England, where the LO stood for London.

The station began transmission with an outside broadcast of a performance of 'La Bohème' featuring Dame Nellie Melba, from His Majesty's Theatre.[4]

From 1928 the Postmaster-General's Department (PMG) was responsible for the technical side of all Australian A Class stations including 3LO. The Australian Broadcasting Company was given a licence to provide all programming – an arrangement which remained until 1932 when the Australian Broadcasting Commission was formed.[5] The two Melbourne stations (3LO & 3AR) had a studio in Melbourne Place, a laneway off Russell Street near Little Collins Street, until the building of Broadcast House in Lonsdale Street in 1945. The 3LO on-air studio at Broadcast House was studio 308, although for many years the news broadcasts came from Marland House in Bourke Street. The studios were transferred to the ABC's new Southbank Centre in 1995.

In its early days the station was involved in programs like Kindergarten of the Air, giving children in regional areas greater social awareness and preparation for school.

In early 2006, with the start of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, the ABC set up what was known as "The G-Spot" at Federation Square – an outside broadcast studio where members of the public could watch and participate in the broadcast. At the same time, ABC Radio Melbourne became the second Local Radio station to introduce streaming broadcasts in addition to its regular radio broadcast, subject to sporting rights and legal concerns.


ABC Radio Melbourne provides a mix of local and national news, talkback and current affairs and sports programming. During part of the day it is also identified as ABC Radio Melbourne and ABC Victoria, as much of its content is also heard on other stations in the ABC Local Radio network in Victoria. It is also available through online streaming.

ABC Radio Melbourne's 774 kHz transmitter is located in Delahey, 20 km north-west of Melbourne's central business district. The station broadcasts at a power of 50,000 watts, covering the majority of Victoria, and one of two transmitters using the callsign 3LO, the other being at Marengo on 89.5 MHz with an EIRP of about 327 watts serving the Apollo bay area.

ABC Radio Melbourne currently live broadcasts during events in a media partners or radio outside broadcasts of Gardening Australia Expo, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, C31 Melbourne Antenna Awards, Royal Melbourne Show, Royal Geelong Show, & more.

The station is housed in the ABC Southbank Centre, which has four levels incorporating ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC Classic FM, Triple J, ABC Dig Music, Radio Australia, Australia Network, ABC News and Current Affairs, & ABC TV.

ABC Radio Melbourne is an official Emergency Services Broadcaster, a role it notably filled during the Black Saturday bushfires and recovery in 2009.[4]

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  1. ^ "MELBOURNE RA1" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Radio and television broadcasting stations" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03.

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