K rock 95.5
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The revamped logo for Geelong and The Surf Coast's K rock 955 (radio station)
|City||Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|Slogan||Live, Breathe, Geelong and the Surf Coast - K rock 955|
|Frequency||95.5 MHz FM|
|First air date||3 December 1930
27 January 1990 (as 3CAT)
|Format||Comedy, sport, Top 40 (CHR)|
|Callsign meaning||3 - Victoria
CAT - Geelong Cats
|Former callsigns||3GL (1930-1990)|
|Former frequencies||1400 kHz AM (1930-1935)
1350 kHz AM (1935-1978)
1341 kHz AM (1978-1990)
|Sister stations||93.9 Bay FM|
In 2015 the on-air line-up consists of "Fresh Daily with Tom and Buckle" (breakfast) (Josh Buckle and Tom Lewis), day jock Josh Olek (10:00 am - 2:00 pm), Stampsy (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) and "The Departure Lounge" (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Stampsy and Leigh).
K-Rock shares transmitter facilities with sister station 93.9 Bay FM (along with 94.7 The Pulse and 96.3 Rhema FM) - broadcasting from a high-powered transmitter on top of Murradoc Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula. The licence area covers the Greater Geelong area, Werribee and Western Melbourne, The Golden Plains, and the Surfcoast. K-Rock also streams online via their website.
From 1930 to 1990, K-Rock was known as 3GL on the AM band, broadcasting first on 1400 kHz, then 1350 kHz and later 1341 kHz. Although based in Geelong, it was notable for being received over most of the Melbourne metropolitan area.
3GL gave Happy Hammond his start in broadcasting in 1948 as a breakfast announcer. While at 3GL, Hammond also made his first TV appearance in 1948, long before the Tarax Show, as part of an exhibition using closed-circuit TV equipment for trial purposes.
3GL was the home of many well-known announcers who formerly worked in Melbourne, including Gene Fisk, Don Lunn, David Coburn and Denis Scanlan. Other well-known announcers included Gary Newton, Tim Hind, Rod Poynter, Ric Ditchburn and Don Crawford. Towards the end of its time as an AM station, 3GL used the "3GL on the West Coast" slogan and associated jingles, many sung by Mike Brady of "Up There Cazaly" fame.
For many years, 3GL was based in James Street, Geelong, but relocated after being granted the right to convert to the FM band in 1990.
3GL was offered an FM conversion upon the entry to the Geelong market of competitor BAY FM in December 1989. 3GL converted to FM to allow equal competition in the Geelong regional market, with the management of the former Geelong AM service agreeing to transfer the service to the FM band in 1990. The station was going to drop the 3GL call sign in favour of 3CAT (after the Geelong Cats), as proposed by the radio station's head of football commentary Ted Whitten (who at the time was in the early stages of his battle with cancer). However, the 3CAT call-sign never made it to air, being changed to K-Rock on the eve of the station's commencement on the FM band at 95.5 MHz, on 27 January 1990.
After simulcasting on both 1341 AM and 95.5 FM for 24 hours - K-Rock went to air at midday on the Saturday of the Australia Day weekend 1990, the first announcer to speak on the new FM station was Ian 'Strawny' Strachan.
The original line-up consisted of Mike O'Loughlin & Bogart Torelli (breakfast), Dave Ferguson, Tim Hind, Craig Vesey, Ian Strachan, Gavin Morris and Craig Meddings.
K Rock's lineup in the mid-1990s featured "Dave & Roxie on the Big Mattress" (Dave Gorr, Roxanne Bennett and Brendan Roberts' character voices), Steve Woods (also Program Director), Todd Austin, Frank Fursey & Wazza (Warren Penny). At its peak this lineup delivered record ratings in Geelong, Werribee and Western Melbourne with a blend of Classic Rock, Modern Rock and local personality.
Other K-Rockers have been John Hood, Peter Mobbs, Rick The Roadie (Simon Dale), Daryl Reader, Matt Bern, Dan Veling and Greg Parkinson.
K Rock was also Australia's first FM station to cover AFL football. With a lineup that included Ted Whitten, Sam Kekovich, Billy Brownless and Dwayne Russell, K Rock focus on all Geelong Football Club matches, and is proudly one eyed.
In 1996, K-Rock FM and Bay FM achieved a record 11 RAWARD nominations in the programming area, winning 5 awards – an achievement only equalled that year by Melbourne's Fox FM. During this period, despite the strength of all Melbourne radio stations reaching the listening area, nearly 1 in 3 Geelong people listened to K-Rock. In recent years, the ratings of K-Rock have declined to the point where a 2016 ratings survey showed an audience of 8.9 per cent in the local area - behind the ABC and sister station Bay FM.
Shortly after this the station purchased the rival Geelong station, 93.9 Bay FM, moving it from its Ryrie Street studios to co-locate in the K-Rock studios in Moorabool Street, Geelong. Both K-Rock and Bay FM now operate from the same studios in Geelong's CBD.
In 2007, K-ROCK celebrated 75 years of broadcasting 3GL and K-ROCK Footy, culminating in a week of broadcasting at various events as the city celebrated the first AFL Premiership victory by the Geelong Football Club in 44 years.
In 2010, K-ROCK underwent a major format change which re-focused the music toward a younger audience and minimised the station's traditional rock base. The station has struggled to find a new audience.
The K-Rock Newsroom is shared with sister station 93.9 Bay FM.
- Rob McLennan (News Director)
- Victoria Webb-Taylor (Breakfast)
- Rebecca McDonald (Breakfast news producer, online, Easymix Mildura newsreader)
- Kathleen Jessop (Afternoons / Drive)
Former K-Rock news team members:
- Mark Beretta
- Nicole Gunn
- Michelle Alexandroviks
- Ian Nicholls
- Chris Carrig
- Dwayne Russell
- Anthony Laughton
- Kelly Underwood
- Tom King
- Emily Hoskins
- Carmel Christensen
- Susan Moreya
- Matt Granland
- Peta Leslie
- Cory Parfett
- Andrea Thomson
- Kirsten Magasdia
- Geoff Peel
- Matt Watson
- Brett Phillips
- Rob Gaylard
- David Speers
- "Geelong: 3GL, 3CAT". Radio Recall. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
- King, by Graeme Blundell, p.79, ISBN 1-4050-3566-8