Hit Network

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Hit Network
Type Radio network
Branding Hit Network
Country Australia
Slogan Hits & Old Skool
Broadcast area
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Canberra
Newcastle
Hobart
Regional Australia1
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
Official website
Hit Network
Notes
1See Hot FM, Sea FM and Star FM

The Hit Network is a network of contemporary hit radio stations run by Southern Cross Austereo in Australia.

History[edit]

The Hit Network started in 1980 as the Austereo Network, with Austereo securing the first commercial FM licence in Adelaide in 1980. Double SA FM would be joined by Fox FM in Melbourne in 1986, B105 FM Brisbane in 1988 and 2Day FM in Sydney in 1989. The network also grew through joint-ventures in Canberra with 104.7 and NXFM Newcastle (now fully owned). Austereo expanded into Perth in 1998 when it purchased PMFM now known as HIT 92.9, although it wasn't until 2005 that the station exclusively joined the Today Network, after also being affiliated with sister station Triple M for many years and taking programming from both networks.

The network was previously known as Today's Austereo Network and the Today Network.

After Austereo was purchased by Southern Cross Media, it began incorporating its regional CHR network into the Today Network. Only some of its Sea FM stations, including those in Hobart and the Gold Coast, began adopting similar branding to the metropolitan stations.

In December 2014, Southern Cross Austereo announced that, off the back of rebranding SAFM as Hit107, the network would be rebranded as Today's Hit Network.[1] The rebrand took place on Wednesday 14th January 2015 - by mid-2015, the station would drop the Today moniker as the Hit Network.

In December 2015, Southern Cross Austereo and Australian Radio Network announced that FM104.7 will rebrand to Hit104.7 on Monday 18th January 2016.[2]

In February 2016, Southern Cross Austereo forged ahead with rolling out the Hit Network Branding to more markets. The launch saw the regional centric Sea FM Hobart brand dropped to be replaced with Hit100.9.[3]

Stations[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Slogan Notes
2DAY 104.1 MHz FM 2DayFM Sydney, New South Wales Hits & Old Skool
2ROC 104.7 MHz FM Hit104.7 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Hits & Old Skool
The Capital's #1 Hit Music Radio Station
Formerly 104.7
2XXX 106.9 MHz FM NXFM Newcastle, New South Wales Hits & Old Skool
Newcastle's Hit Music Station
Formerly 2HR and 2NX
3FOX 101.9 MHz FM Fox FM Melbourne, Victoria Hits & Old Skool
Melbourne's Hit Music Station
4BBB 105.3 MHz FM Hit105 Brisbane, Queensland Hits & Old Skool
Brisbane's Hit Music Station
Formerly 4BK and B105
5SSA 107.1 MHz FM Hit107 Adelaide, South Australia Hits & Old Skool
Adelaide's Hit Music Station
Formerly SAFM
6PPM 92.9 MHz FM Hit92.9 Perth, Western Australia Hits & Old Skool
Perth's Hit Music Station
Formerly 6PM, PMFM and 92.9
7TTT 100.9 MHz FM Hit100.9 Hobart, Tasmania Hits & Old Skool
Hobart's Hit Music Station
Formerly Triple T and Sea FM 100.9
Various Sea FM New South Wales and Queensland Hits & Old Skool
Various Star FM New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia Hits & Old Skool
Various Hot FM Queensland and Western Australia Hits & Old Skool

Network Shows[edit]

  • Hamish & Andy - Weekdays, 4pm - 6pm (deja vu hour - Weeknights, 6pm-7pm)
  • Rove & Sam - Weekdays, 6am-9pm (Sydney only), Weeknights (nation-wide), 7pm - 8pm
  • Hit 30 with Angus O'Loughlin & Emma Freedman - Weeknights, 8pm - 10pm
  • The Dan & Maz Show - Weekends, 7am - 9am
  • Take 40 Australia with Angus O'Loughlin & Emma Freedman1 - Saturday, 2pm - 6pm
  • The Drop with Marty Smiley & Michael Beveridge1 - Friday, 10pm - 1am & Saturday, 6pm - 12am
  • Planet Vevo with Tim Lee & Ellie Angel - Sunday, 2pm - 5pm
  • Boxed In with Fifi Box1 - Sunday, 5pm - 6pm
  • The Em Rusciano Radio Show - Sunday, 6pm - 8pm
  • The Hit AU with Byron Cooke - Sunday, 10pm - 12am

1. Produced by Authentic Entertainment

Digital Radio[edit]

The Hit Network simulcasts each metro station in the network on Digital Radio in their local markets.

Choose The Hits was a station only broadcast on Digital Radio and ran between 1 February 2010 and 24 May 2010. [4]

The Hit Network launched Caravan Radio on 24 May 2010. It is a "pop up" Digital Radio station that plays the best bits from Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage journeys while they toured the United Kingdom on their fourth Caravan of Courage.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/scas-today-stations-rebrand-hit
  2. ^ "Canberra’s Hit104.7 Arrives". Radio Today. Retrieved 2015-12-16. 
  3. ^ "#HitHobart". Radio Today. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  4. ^ Austereo finds new digital partner - themusic.com.au 26 January 2010
  5. ^ Hamish & Andy get their own station with Caravan of Courage Radio - mUmBRELLA, 24 May 2010

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