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Broadcast area Hobart
Frequency101.7 MHz
First air date1930 "AM" / 1990 "FM"
Format Adult Contemporary
Former callsigns7HHO
OwnerGrant Broadcasters
Website7HO FM

7HO FM (call sign: 7HHO) is one of 3 commercial radio stations in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. It commenced broadcasting on 13 August 1930, as the first commercial radio station in its city.[1]

The station's initial frequency was 890 kHz AM, in 1935 moving to 860 kHz, then in 1978 to 864 kHz.[2] The "HO" derives from the surname of the founder of the station Ron Hope, not Hobart as many may believe.

On 1 November 1990, 7HO converted to the FM band - 101.7 MHz. The official call-sign was changed to 7HHO but the station identified on-air as "Mix 101 HOFM". It then rebranded as "HOFM", and on 5 November 2007, it re-added the "7" to its branding, changing its on-air name to "7HO FM".The first Announcer on the new FM station was Brett Marley

7HO FM is owned by Grant Broadcasters and has local programming and news. The music format is adult contemporary music.

      • 7HOFM***
  • Cooke and Moore*

The station's breakfast comedy show was for many years hosted by Bob Cooke and Richard Moore.[3] The show started in 1982.[4] Cooke retired in the late 1990s and became a hobbyist woodworker. Moore retired in 2013. [5][6] Prior to working together on the radio show, Cooke and Moore had hosted a television show for children on Hobart's TVT-6 and performed as a stage act.[7]

The Cooke and Moore Show's style of comedy was consistently lowbrow and was very similar to that of Daryl Somers during his tenure as the host of Hey Hey It's Saturday. Cooke and Moore also played a number of fictional character on-air, including Mickey Finn and Knocker Knowles (a shady used car salesman and his dim-witted, former AFL footballer accomplice), Vinnie and the V8s (a music group best known for their hit song 'Outside Coles on a Saturday Night' [8] ), Whimmo the Wonder Clown and the R-Rated Cowboy.[9] Much of Cooke and Moore's humour involved general banter between them in the guises of their various characters. Their humour also characteristically featured heavy use of crudeness and sexual double-entendres.

Sarah, Mick & Matt now start the working day for breakfast each morning from 5:30am, followed by the 9-5 no repeat workday with Johnno from 9am then to drive you home it's Mark Johnson or Moorie. Followed by Kate, Tim & Marty which is networked from Nova 96.9 in Sydney. Fitzy & Wippa are on 7pm-8pm followed by nights with Jess from 8pm, and the 20/20 Retro Countdown from 10pm. 7HOFM prides itself on being 100% Hobart and the only Commercial station 100% programmed from its north Hobart studios, however after 5pm broadcast is from other places around the country including Sydney and Rockhampton , so technically they aren’t 100% local.

Some of the popular segments that are done during the day include:

Random Countdown from 9am with Johnno, 5 songs with a random theme.

80’s Hour 12pm-1pm with Johnno ( and sometimes Sarah, Mick & Matt when broadcasting live).

High School Hits Countdown from 3pm, 5 songs anywhere from 1980-2010.

More Music Weekends from 10am Saturday - Sunday with rotating announcers.

7HO and DAB+[edit]

Early in 2019 DAB started commercial broadcasting in Hobart.

As a commercial FM operator in the Hobart area, 7HO was granted space on the new DAB Mux.

This MUX is operated by Digital Radio Broadcasting Hobart Pty Ltd, and operates at 20,000W on 202.928Mhz. It utilises vertically polarised transmissions and is co-located in the Broadcast Australia Site on Mt Wellington, the same facility that houses 7HO's FM Service.

7HO is available on DAB, along with Grant Broadcasters stable mate KIX Country.

On, 1/06/2019 saw a new locally produced station added to the DAB service. It is on-air as 7HO Classic Hits and is DAB only. It carries a mix of classic hits and talk. Weekdays it carries Tasmania Talks, 9 till 12, then it reverts to music programming. Grant Broadcasters locally produced News Service, as per 7HO's FM service, is carried at the top of the hour.

The Hobart Jingle[edit]

7HO is famous in London for being mentioned on an advertising jingle for Hobart. Originally played for amusement on Capital Radio during the morning by Chris Tarrant, the jingle quickly became a running gag. This culminated in Chris Tarrant doing a tour of Australia, finishing with broadcasting his morning show to Londoners from the studios of 7HO in Hobart on the last day of his tour.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "7HO Opened". The Mercury. 14 August 1930. p. 10. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  2. ^ "New Wave Lengths". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 August 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/7HOFM/posts/622182874475114
  6. ^ http://prelive.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/22/377515_tasmania-news.html
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ http://cookeandmoore.com/Biography.html
  9. ^ [3]

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