ABC North Queensland

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630 ABC North Queensland
Broadcast area North Queensland
Frequency 630 kHz AM
First air date 26 November 1936
Format Talk
Transmitter coordinates 19°15′23.29″S 146°49′17.41″E / 19.2564694°S 146.8215028°E / -19.2564694; 146.8215028
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation

630 ABC North Queensland is an ABC Local Radio station based in Townsville broadcasting to North Queensland. This includes the towns of Bowen, Charters Towers, Ingham and Ayr.

The station began broadcasting as 4QN in 1936. It was originally a relay station covering the whole of North Queensland with limited local news bulletins. Local program content increased in the 1960s and the station was also the home of regional ABC Television in Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa.

By the 1980s local program content was broadcast for most of the day, as well as a separate regional breakfast program. 4QN was also the headquarters of the regional network.

John Nutting launched the Saturday Night Country show in 1994 from 4QN which is now broadcast nationally. The Townsville studios were also home to the first Aboriginal and Islander broadcasting in Australia.

Local Programs[edit]


  • Breakfast with Michael Clarke – 5:00 AM to 7:45 AM
  • Rural News with Harry Crawford or Charlie McKillop - 6:15 AM to 6:30 AM
  • Mornings with Paula Tapiolas – 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Drive with Pat Hession - 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM


  • Saturday Breakfast with James Woodford – 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
  • Northern Grandstand with Michael Rennie – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

When local programs are not broadcast the station is a relay of ABC Capricornia and 612 ABC Brisbane.


"History of the ABC in North Queensland". ABC Online. 2008-02-23. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 

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