Nova 100

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Nova 100
Nova 100.svg
Broadcast areaMelbourne, Australia
Frequency100.3 MHz FM
SloganThe Greatest Hits Workday/Weekend
FormatAdult Contemporary
OwnerNOVA Entertainment
smoothfm 91.5
First air date
3 December 2001 (2001-12-03)
Call sign meaning
3 - Victoria
MEL - Melbourne
Technical information
ERP56 kW

Nova 100 (call sign: 3MEL) is a commercial radio station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, broadcasting on 100.3 MHz.

The station is owned by NOVA Entertainment along with sister station, smoothfm 91.5.


Nova 100 commenced on the Melbourne airwaves at 7 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Monday 3 December 2001, and was the first new commercial radio station in Melbourne for 21 years.[1] Breakfast presenter Kate Langbroek was the first voice heard on the station, with Missy Elliott's song "Get ur Freak on" being the first song played on the new station.[1]

Hughesy, Kate & Dave was the inaugural breakfast show with Dave Hughes, Kate Langbroek and Dave O'Neil. Dave O'Neil later resigned and moved to Vega 91.5 in July 2006. Both Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek remained with the station until November 2013.

The station is a major player in the Melbourne radio market, initially with its 'Sounds Different' format playing alternative, hip-hop, pop & dance music, with a strong lean toward new releases. In 2010, Nova announced that it would remove their policy of "never more than two ads in a row", increasing the number of commercials broadcast per hour from 12 to 21 during the peak times of breakfast and drive. Since 2010, the station has broadcast an Adult Contemporary format, in competition with the Australian Radio Network-owned KIIS 101.1.

In December 2013, Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little replaced Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek with their new show Meshel & Tommy. In November 2015, Nova announced that Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown will host breakfast in 2016 after Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little announced their resignation from the station. Chrissie, Sam & Browny commenced in January 2016, with Meshel currently hosts the breakfast show Matt & Meshel on KIIS 101.1 along with Matt Tilley.[2]

In December 2016, Nova announced that it will network Greg Burns and Dan Cassin from Nova 96.9 as opposed to local announcers.[3]

Despite having yet to achieve a #1 overall rating for the station in the GfK ratings, Nova 100 continues to hold the #1 position for the women in the 45–54 age demographic and has the #4 drive show with Kate, Tim & Marty around Australia.

In April 2019, Nova overhauled its daytime schedule announcing that Matt Tilley would join the station.[4] Tilley remained with the station until November.[5]


Nova 100 operates on the 100.3 MHz FM frequency from the TXA Observatory Rd tower on Mount Dandenong. The transmitter is a Broadcast Electronics FM 10S with an FXi digital exciter. Its transmitter power is 9.5KW which gives a 56 kw ERP.[citation needed]


  • Deano & Jack, 5:30am–6:00am
  • Chrissie, Sam & Browny, 6:00am–9:00am
  • Jamie Row, 9:00am–1:00pm
  • Mel Tracina, 1:00pm–3:00pm
  • Kate, Tim & Joel, 3:00pm–6:00pm
  • Smallzy Surgery, 7:00pm–10:00pm
  • Nikolina Koevska, 10:00pm-1.00am


  • Ash Gardner (Breakfast)
  • Michelle Stephenson (National News Manager/Kate, Tim & Joel newsreader)


  1. ^ a b Carbone, Suzanne (4 December 2001). "After a long wait, a Nova statement on the FM band". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Matt & Meshel". KIIS 101.1 - A New Station For Melbourne. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Nova 100 Shake-Up". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Mediaweek (12 April 2019). "Nova shakes up daytime radio as Matt Tilley joins in Melbourne". Mediaweek. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "SCOOP: Matt Tilley departs Nova 100 after seven months on-air". Radio Today. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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