Hit Network

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Hit Network
Type Radio network
Branding Hit Network
Country Australia
Slogan Australia's Most Listened To Radio Network
Broadcast area
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Canberra
Newcastle
Hobart
Regional Australia1
Owner Southern Cross Austereo
Official website
Hit Network
Sea 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 Hit92.9, 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 re-branding SAFM as Hit107, the network would be re-branded as Today's Hit Network,[1] the rebrand took place on Wednesday 14 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 re-brand to Hit104.7 on Monday 18 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]

In December 2016, all Star FM & Hot FM stations were re-branded with the Hit branding, however Sea FM on the Gold Coast, Central Coast and Bundaberg retained their Sea FM name but adopted the Hit logo (like Fox FM & 2Day FM).

Stations[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Slogan Notes
2DAY 104.1 MHz FM 2Day FM Sydney, New South Wales Hits & Old School
2ROC 104.7 MHz FM Hit104.7 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Hits & Old School
The Capital's #1 Hit Music Radio Station
Formerly 104.7
2XXX 106.9 MHz FM Hit106.9 Newcastle, New South Wales Hits & Old School
Newcastle's Hit Music Station
Formerly 2HR, 2NX and NXFM
3FOX 101.9 MHz FM Fox FM Melbourne, Victoria Hits & Old School
Melbourne's #1 for Hits and Old School
4BBB 105.3 MHz FM Hit105 Brisbane, Queensland Hits & Old School
Brisbane's Hit Music Station
Formerly 4BK and B105
5SSA 107.1 MHz FM Hit107 Adelaide, South Australia Hits & Old School
Adelaide's Hit Music Station
Formerly SAFM
6PPM 92.9 MHz FM Hit92.9 Perth, Western Australia Hits & Old School
Perth's Hit Music Station
Formerly 6PM, PMFM and 92.9
7TTT 100.9 MHz FM Hit100.9 Hobart, Tasmania Hits & Old School
Hobart's Hit Music Station
Formerly Triple T and Sea FM 100.9
Various Sea FM Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Central Coast Hits & Old School Regional Queensland & Regional NSW previously held the Sea FM brand until the Regional Australia rebrand to one "Hit" brand. Gold Coast, Bundaberg & Central Coast kept the Sea FM name but took on the Hit Network logo and sub brand (like Fox FM & 2Day FM)
Various Hit [Frequency] Regional Australia (Excluding Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Central Coast) Hits & Old School Formerly Star FM (Regional Victoria, Regional NSW & Regional South Australia), Hot FM (Regional Queensland & Regional WA) and Sea FM (Regional Queensland & Regional NSW. Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Central Coast kept the Sea FM name but took on the Hit Network logo and sub-brand like Fox FM & 2Day FM)


Network shows[edit]

  • Carrie & Tommy
  • Hamish & Andy
  • Ash London Live
  • Collective Noun
  • RNB Friday Nights with Bow Wow
  • Vevo20 Countdown with Angus O'Loughlin & Ash London
  • Old School House Party with Tim Lee
  • The Queen Sesh with Constance Hall and Annaliese
  • Boxed In with Fifi Box
  • Osher’s Love Line with Osher Gunsberg
  • Hit AU with Byron Cooke

Digital radio[edit]

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

  • Buddha Hits, The very best music that sooths your mind and feeds your soul. Buddha Hits lets listeners chill out with pop, electronica and acoustic vibes with a café music feel.
  • Oldskool Hits, Oldskool Hits is pure pop nostalgia. Focused around the 90s and 00s, it’s all about flashback favourites.
  • Easy Hits, An up-tempo, feel good, sing-along format of mainstream faves. Easy Hits is perfect for at-work and at-home listening.

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 was a "pop up" Digital Radio station that played 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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