Hit106.9 Newcastle

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hit106.9 Newcastle
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City Newcastle, New South Wales
Broadcast area Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley, Central Coast
Slogan Hits & Old School
Frequency 106.9 MHz FM (1992-)
First air date August 30, 1937 (1937-08-30) (as 2HR)
1950s (as 2NX)
1990s (as 2XXX)
Format Contemporary hit radio
Language(s) English
Callsign meaning NXFM came from former 2NX callsign
Former callsigns 2HR (1937-1954)
2NX (1954-1992)
NXFM (1992-2016)
Former frequencies 1341 kHz AM (1978-1992)
Affiliations Hit Network
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
(Radio Newcastle Pty. Ltd.)
Sister stations KOFM
Website Official website

hit106.9 Newcastle (call sign: 2XXX) is an Australian radio station, licensed to, and serving Newcastle, New South Wales and surrounding areas. It broadcasts at 106.9 MHz on the FM band from its studios in Charlestown. It is owned by Southern Cross Austereo and is part of Hit Network. KOFM is a sister station sharing the same building.

History[edit]

Hit 106.9's history can be traced back to Singleton radio station 2HR, owned by Hunter River Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. The station launched on August 30, 1937. Shareholders included the Singleton Argus and the Robinson Family. Three years later, the station was moved to Maitland, with transmitter at Lochinvar.

In those days, 2HR operated on 680 kHz with 300 watts of power, and was affiliated with the Macquarie Broadcasting Network. Programs were originated locally between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm, before taking the Macquarie feed at 6:30 pm.

In the 1950s, 2HR was relocated to Newcastle, with its transmitter located in Bolwarra. Station manager Ken Robinson was a former Army officer, and his identification number had the letters NX. Therefore, the station was given the callsign 2NX, and a new frequency at 1360 kHz .

In 1971, 2NX's owners Hunter Broadcasters were purchased by the Catholic Broadcasting Company, owned by the Catholic Church. 2NX programming still was relayed to 2NM overnight during this time, and was identified as 2NXNM.

In the early 1990s, the Catholic Church got out of broadcasting, and sold 2NX to Radio Newcastle, which was later taken over by Austereo, and then sold a 50% stake to RG Capital Radio Network (which was taken over by Macquarie Bank). 2NX was granted a license to convert to FM in the '90s and moved to 106.9 MHz, branding itself originally as X107, before changing to NXFM. On April 2011 Southern Cross Media bought out Austereo for more than 700 million giving Southern Cross Media full ownership of NX FM.

On December 15 2016 NXFM became known as Hit 106.9 in Southern Cross Austereo’s mass re-branding of its regional radio network.[1]

Hit 106.9 are a sponsor of local A-League team the Newcastle Jets.[citation needed]


NXFMs logo 2005-2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josh Leeson (2016-09-26). "NXFM takes Hit in radio brand retune | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 

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