89.3 LAFM

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89.3 LAFM
City Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Broadcast area Launceston RA1 [1]
Slogan Launceston's Best Mix
Frequency 89.3 MHz FM
Translator(s) 101.1 FM Launceston CBD
First air date 14 December 1930 (1930-12-14) (as 7LA)
Format Adult Contemporary
Language(s) English
Transmitter coordinates Coordinates: 41°26′23″S 147°08′17″E / 41.439743°S 147.137945°E / -41.439743; 147.137945
Callsign meaning 7 - Tasmania
LAA - Homage to final AM callsign 7LA (LAunceston)
Former callsigns 7LA (1930–2008)
Former frequencies 1098 kHz AM (1978–2009)
1100 kHz AM (1930–1978)
Owner Grant Broadcasters
(Bass Radio Pty Limited)
Sister stations 90.1 Chilli FM
Website 89.3 LAFM

89.3 LAFM (callsign: 7LAA) is an Australian radio station in Tasmania. Owned and operated by Grant Broadcasters, it broadcasts an adult contemporary format to Launceston and surrounding areas. First broadcast on 14 December 1930 as 7LA,[1] the station currently broadcasts from studios in York Street, alongside sister station 90.1 Chilli FM.

History[edit]

Established as 7LA in 1930, the station was formerly operated under various networks, including AWA Limited, 3KZ, RG Capital and Macquarie Regional RadioWorks. In 1978, the station shifted frequency to 1098 AM as part of a nationwide frequency move on the AM band, changing from 10 kHz spacing to 9 kHz.

In 2002, television station ABNT-3 vacated VHF channel 3, opening up space for further FM radio services in Launceston. In 2005, it was announced that 7LA, along with 7EX and ABC Northern Tasmania were to move to the FM band - 7LA on 89.3, 7EX on 90.1 and ABC Northern Tasmania on 91.7.[2] In 2008, the station relaunched as 89.3 LAFM,[3] with the AM service ceasing transmission in February 2009.

Today, the station networks the majority of its programming to Scottsdale-based 7SD.

On Air[edit]

Weekdays:

  • 6:00-9:00 Fairsy's Big Breakfast
  • 9:00-12:00 Tasmania Talks with Brian Carlton
  • 12:00-3:00 Afternoons with Jules
  • 3:00-6:00 The Drive Home
  • 6:00-8:00 Sportsday with Dwayne Russell and Gerard Healy
  • 9:00-11:00 20/20 Retro Countdown with Aaron Stevens
  • 10:00-6:00 Music Overnight

Saturday:

  • 6:00-8:00 Rotating Announcer
  • 8:00-9:00 Off The Bench
  • 10:00-6:00 Rotating Announcer
  • 6:00-2:00 Party On


Sunday:

  • 6:00-8:00 Rotating Announcer
  • 8:00-10:00 Fairsy's Big Breakfast and Tasmania Talks Rewind
  • 10:00-6:00 Rotating Announcer
  • 6:00-12:00 20/20 Retro Rewind


External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Broadcasting Station.". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 December 1930. p. 8. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Launceston stations are going FM". Radioinfo.com.au. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Launceston's 7LA relaunches as 89.3 LAFM". Radioinfo.com.au. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2015.