Triple M (radio network)

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Triple M Network
Type Broadcast radio
Country Australia
Availability Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
Launch date
1980 (1980)
Official website
www.triplem.com.au

Triple M is an Australian radio brand owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo. Under this brand falls four networks - the longest-running and 'main' network is the Metropolitan network - which focuses on a mix of rock, sport & comedy. There are four of these stations all in capital cities. The second is the Digital Radio network, which consists of all the rock, sport & comedy stations - as well as KOFM, Gold FM, Mix 94.5 & Mix 106.3 plus 'Triple M Classic Rock', 'Triple M Country', 'Triple M Modern Rock' & 'Triple M Greatest Hits'. The third network is one part of the former LocalWorks network - the Greatest Hits network. This was formed on the 15th of December[when?] when most of the stations owned by Southern Cross Austereo were rebranded to either Triple M or Hit. These play the 'Greatest Hits' from the 1970s–present, or the 1980s–present (depending on local audience demographics). Also formed from the end of the LocalWorks network was the Classic Hits network, which plays the 'Classic Hits' of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

History[edit]

The first Triple M station was 2MMM in Sydney which commenced broadcasting on 2 August 1980. Together with then rival station 2Day FM (now also owned by Southern Cross Austereo), it was the first commercial FM radio station in Sydney. The station has always been primarily a rock music station, but with a more blue-collar/hard rock (Jimmy Barnes, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC as some examples) emphasis than other stations in Melbourne in particular. Throughout the 1980s, Triple M was one of the highest-rating radio stations in Sydney, spearheaded by its morning show presented by Doug Mulray and featuring the writing of and occasional appearances by Andrew Denton. For all of this period and into the 1990s, Triple M's promotional campaign featured the character "Dr Dan", a guitar-playing satyr with wings, inspired by artwork by legendary Australian cartoonist Peter Ledger, and a theme song that was an extended reworking of the Mike Batt track "Introduction (The Journey of a Fool)", from his 1979 album Tarot Suite.

In 1988, Melbourne radio station EON FM (3EON), 92.3 was taken over by 2MMM and changed its callsign to 3MMM and moved to 105.1 MHz in November 1988. EON FM was Australia's first commercial FM radio station, commencing broadcasting on 11 July 1980.

Brisbane radio station 4MMM was launched in 1980 and took on the FM104 identity soon after. It returned to the Triple M identity in early 1990. Its callsign has remained 4MMM since its 1980 launch. 4MMM Brisbane started broadcasting on 104.1FM, then late in the 1980s changed to its present frequency of 104.5-FM.

Adelaide radio station 5KA converted from 1197 kHz to 104.7 MHz on 1 January 1990 and was renamed KAFM (5KKA). The station was taken over by Village Roadshow, who then owned Triple M, and they successfully negotiated the purchase of the 5MMM callsign from a community radio station of the same name in 1993. That station is now known as Three D Radio (5DDD).

Perth radio station 96FM (6NOW) also carried the Triple M identity and 6MMM callsign in the early 1990s but was then sold to Southern Cross Broadcasting who changed the station's identity back to its original name. Mix 94.5 is now "considered"[1] to be a part of the Triple M network in Perth utilising local programming (as opposed to airing networked Triple M programmes) and Mix 94.5 does not carry the Triple M brand, logo or call letters.

In Auckland, New Zealand, a Triple M station existed between 1984 and 1988 when 89 Stereo FM became part of Triple M. The station previously used the call sign 1ROQ and changed to 1MMM when becoming part of Triple M. New Zealand no longer uses radio station call signs. This station later reverted to 89FM in 1988 and eventually closed down in 1994.[2]

While many of the comedy and talk programs are networked, large sections of music programming originate from the local market of each Triple M.

On Friday 17 November 2006, Triple M (including Mix 94.5 in Perth) referred to itself as U2FM for the day, as part of a promotion relating to the band U2 and their 2006 Australian Tour and CD release.

M-One Rock festival[edit]

In September 2002, Triple M and Frontier Touring held four rock concerts in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney as part of the touring M-One festival, which featured Goo Goo Dolls, Nickelback, Garbage, Lifehouse, Default, Midnight Oil and Antiskeptic.

Essential Countdown[edit]

In 2004, the national network counted down the Triple M Essential 2005 Songs from Boxing Day to Australia Day. The number one song was Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun".

Triple M have held an Essential Countdown based on listener votes since 2006, beginning in October of each year, counting the same number of songs as the year (e.g., 2006 songs in 2006). The countdown has received some criticism for being overly similar to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, despite the Triple J Hottest 100 only including songs from the preceding 12 months.

AFL coverage[edit]

Since the early-1990s, Triple M has made sport a major part of their line up, with sports-based shows such as The Grill Team, Dougy and Dunstall, and more recently, Friday Night M Sport, The Gospel and The Dead Set Legends.

Triple M Melbourne initially secured Australian Football League broadcast rights in 1997. In 1999 Triple M expanded its coverage to Triple M Adelaide followed by Triple M Sydney and Brisbane in 2005 and includes the following local teams:

Triple M is one of only two FM broadcasters of the AFL in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney (although only the local teams - the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans respectively - are covered in the latter two cities.) The only other one is the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS). Triple M is best known for offering a less formal coverage than AM radio. Not only is the coverage considered informative and accurate, but the team works together providing a sense of comedy to the call. Another aspect that differs from AM coverage of football is the bumper music used to and from breaks, which is instrumental versions of modern rock songs (such as Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out", Hard-Fi's "Hard to Beat", The Living End's "Tabloid Magazine", and The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", which were predominantly used during 2004–present).

In October 2006, Triple M was granted AFL broadcast rights for a further three years.

NRL coverage[edit]

In October 2006, the National Rugby League announced that beginning in 2007, Triple M Sydney would be the exclusive commercial broadcaster of Monday Night Rugby League matches. The coverage began on 19 March with the Round 1 match between the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs. The commentary team includes Andrew Johns, Peter Sterling and Dan Ginnane.

Cricket coverage[edit]

In 2009, Triple M broadcast twenty20 cricket live between the Australian Cricket Team, South African Cricket Team and the New Zealand Cricket Team. Commentators included Damien Fleming, Stuart MacGill, Greg Blewett, and Brendan Julian.

In December 2016, Triple M became the first FM radio station to broadcast test cricket. Commentators included James Brayshaw, Kerry O'Keeffe, Michael Slater, Brett Lee, Brad Haddin, Merv Hughes, Darren Berry, H.G Nelson, Jules Schiller, Lawrence Mooney, Gus Worland, Neroli Meadows, Isa Guha, Mick Molloy and Mark Howard.

Motoring[edit]

A motoring and motorsport show was added during 2009, The Stick Shift, anchored by Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife, broadcasting on Saturday mornings.

Digital radio[edit]

Triple M simulcasts each station in the network on digital radio in their local markets.

Triple M launched High Voltage Radio, a "pop up" digital radio station that exclusively plays AC/DC for the duration of the band's 2010 tour of Australia.[3]

On 16 August 2013, Triple M Perth was launched, returning the station to Perth. Branded as Perth's Real Music Alternative, the station also carried Triple M AFL coverage.[4] On 27 September 2014, the station was replaced by Triple M Modern Rock Digital. Featuring only new rock music, the station also expanded to Adelaide.[5]

On 25 November 2013, Triple M Classic Rock Digital radio station was launched.[6][7] The station format is exclusively classic rock, with no announcer talkback.

Station List[edit]

As of 15 May 2018, the Triple M network comprises 38 stations:[8]

Metro 'Rock, Sport & Comedy' Network[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Repeater(s) (If Any) First Air Date (as Triple M)
2MMM 104.9FM[9] Sydney's Triple M Sydney, New South Wales August 1980
3MMM 105.1FM[10] Melbourne's Triple M Melbourne, Victoria November 1988
4MMM 104.5FM[11] Brisbane's Triple M Brisbane, Queensland August 1980
5MMM 104.7FM[12] Adelaide's Triple M Adelaide, South Australia FM98.3 - Adelaide Foothills[13] 1993

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Regional 'Greatest Hits' Network[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Repeater(s) (If Any) First Air Date (as Triple M)
2BDR 105.7FM The Border's 105.7 Triple M Albury, New South Wales Corryong - 96.5FM

Falls Creek - 94.1FM

Omeo - 90.1FM

December 2016
2CSF 105.5FM The Coffs Coast's 105.5 Triple M Coffs Harbour, New South Wales December 2016
2GGO 107.7FM 107.7 2GO Gosford, New South Wales
2KKO 102.9FM KOFM Newcastle, New South Wales
2OAG 105.1FM The Central West's 105.1 Triple M Orange, New South Wales December 2016
3BBO 93.5FM Bendigo's 93.5 Triple M Bendigo, Victoria December 2016
3RMR 97.9FM Sunraysia's 97.9 Triple M Mildura, Victoria December 2016
3SRR 95.3FM The Goulburn Valley's 95.3 Triple M Shepparton, Victoria Mansfield - 91.3FM December 2016
4GLD 92.5FM 92.5 Gold FM Gold Coast, Queensland
4MBB 103.5FM The Fraser Coast's Triple M 103.5 Maryborough, Queensland December 2016
4RGB 93.1FM Bundy's 93.1 Triple M Bundaberg, Queensland December 2016
4RGC 99.5FM Cairns' 99.5 Triple M Cairns, Queensland Mossman - 88.5FM December 2016
4RGK 101.5FM Central Queensland's 95.1/101.5 Triple M Rockhampton, Queensland Gladstone - 95.1FM

Mount Murchison - 101.1FM

December 2016
4RGM 98.7FM Mackay & The Whitsundays' 98.7 Triple M Mackay, Queensland Airlie Beach - 92.3FM

Hail Creek - 107.9FM

December 2016
4TOO 102.3FM Triple M Townsville Townsville, Queensland Ayr - 92.3FM

Bowen - 98.3FM

3 September 2018
6MIX 94.5FM Mix 94.5 Perth, Western Australia
7XXX 107.3FM Hobart's 107.3 Triple M Hobart, Tasmania December 2016

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Regional 'Classic Hits' Network[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Repeater(s) (If Any) First Air Date (as Triple M)
2RG 963AM Riverina MIA's 963 Triple M Griffith, New South Wales December 2016
2WG 1152AM Riverina's 1152 Triple M Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 100.7FM - Gundagai

107.9FM - Tumut

December 2016
2PQQ 100.7FM The Mid North Coast's 100.7/106.7 Triple M Port Macquarie, New South Wales 90.3FM - North Haven

106.7FM - Kempsey

December 2016
4GR 864AM The Darling Downs' 864 Triple M Toowoomba, Queensland 100.3FM - Stanthorpe December 2016
5SE 963AM The Limestone Coast's 963 Triple M Mount Gambier, South Australia December 2016
6AM 864AM The Avon Valley's 864 Triple M Northam, Western Australia 103.1FM - Wongan Hills December 2016
6KG 981AM The Goldfields' 981 Triple M Kalgoorlie, Western Australia December 2016
6MD 1098AM The Central Wheatbelt's 1098 Triple M Merredin, Western Australia December 2016
6NA 918AM The Great Southern's 918 Triple M Narrogin, Western Australia December 2016
6SE 747AM Esperance's 747 Triple M Esperance, Western Australia December 2016
6VA 783AM Albany's 783 Triple M Albany, Western Australia December 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SCA Corporate Website - Southern Cross Austereo". www.austereo.com.au. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. ^ Austereo Adds Fourth Digital Radio Band[permanent dead link] - Perth Now, 10 February 2010
  4. ^ "Triple M Rocks Perth!". Triple M Sydney. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Triple M Launches New Digital Radio Station". theMusic.com.au. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Triple M Classic Rock Digital". Triple M. Southern Cross Austereo. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  7. ^ Hemphill, Brooke (30 October 2013). "Triple M to launch digital channel". Mumbrella. Focal Attractions. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ Official website
  9. ^ "ACMA's Broadcasting Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.
  10. ^ "ACMA's Broadcasting Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.
  11. ^ "ACMA's Broadcasting Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.
  12. ^ "ACMA's Broadcasting Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.
  13. ^ "ACMA's Broadcasting Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.
  14. ^ "SCA: Radio - Audio". Southern Cross Austereo.
  15. ^ "ACMA Radio & TV Handbook" (PDF). ACMA.

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