Switch 1197

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Switch 1197
Broadcast area Brisbane RA1 ([1])
Branding Switch 1197
Slogan Brisbane's Youth Community Radio Station
Format Rhythmic
Language(s) mostly English
Power 1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Callsign meaning 4 = Queensland
Former frequencies 97.3 FM
Owner Brisbane Interactive Radio Group, Inc.
Website www.switch1197.com

Switch 1197 (call sign: 4BI) is a community broadcast radio station operated by Brisbane Interactive Radio Group Inc., which is a community-based not-for-profit youth organisation based in Brisbane Queensland, Australia. The station also simulcasts its programming output on DAB+ Digital Radio.


Brisbane Interactive Radio Group Inc was founded in 1998, and was granted a series of temporary radio broadcasting licences, allowing shared transmissions with other aspirant broadcasters on 97.3 MHz.

In 2001, the 97.3 MHz frequency was auctioned to the (Australian Radio Network in association with DMG Radio Australia), by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

In 2002, the Australian Broadcasting Authority, granted a high powered FM community licence to Christian broadcaster 96five Family FM on 96.5 MHz, and a high powered AM community licence to BIRGI on 1197 kHz.[1]

Switch 1197 began test transmissions in late 2002 and began full-time broadcasting at 8 am on 7 April 2003, identifying as i-1197. From this period of time until January 2005, the station broadcast an uninhibited range of music genres and programming, with a slight focus on Top 40 music.

From January 2005, the station was re-branded to the programming format based upon its predecessor, Switch FM, focusing on playing a more Rhythmic format, which has remained to this day.

In April 2013, the station celebrated its 10th consecutive broadcasting year on the AM band, by airing daily compiles of material collected both on and off-air over that decade-long period.

Audio streaming[edit]

In 2004, Switch 1197 was the first radio station in Australia to stream with aacPlus technology and it continues to provide both near CD quality (64kbit/s) and Mobile (32kbit/s) compatible streams, as well as a 128k MP3 stream.

In 2007, Switch 1197 was added to the Internode Broadband Radio Streams that are provided by Australian ISP Internode.


The stations general weekday daytime programming contains a Rhythmic music mix, with announcers presenting entertaining and informative pieces. Various information segments are also aired, most with a specific focus (e.g. Local Events, Community Services and News among others).

The stations night-time and weekend programming focuses on more specialist program material including Local Music, Alternative, Rock, as well as specialist talk and information programming.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New community radio licence for Brisbane". Retrieved 19 February 2008. 

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