ABC North and West SA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

ABC North and West SA
Broadcast area North and West SA
Frequency 639 kHz AM
First air date 15 March 1932
Format Talk
Transmitter coordinates 33°11′25.50″S 138°00′31.79″E / 33.1904167°S 138.0088306°E / -33.1904167; 138.0088306
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC North and West SA is a local radio station based in Port Pirie, South Australia, owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Its callsign is 5CK and is transmitted on the AM band from high power transmitters situated near Crystal Brook.


The 5CK transmitter station, located around 5 km from Crystal Brook on the Gladstone road, was officially opened on 15 March 1932 as a relay of 5CL Adelaide,[1] the Australian Broadcasting Company's fourth regional station (after Rockhampton, Newcastle and Corowa).[2] It was initially provided with a 6.25/7 kW STC transmitter,[3] on a frequency of 635 kHz, and at 7.5 kW aerial power one of Australia's two most powerful broadcast stations, with 2CO Corowa.[4] In 1935 the station's frequency was regularized to 640 kHz, and in 1978 to 639 kHz, following the new standard 9 kHz spacing. The original antenna, suspended between two 56 m masts 80 m apart was in 1962 replaced with a guyed mast antenna 190 m in height.[5]

From the outset programmes were fed to Crystal Brook from Adelaide by landline, mostly a "split" of the 5CL programme, but with occasional substitute material provided.[6] From 1937 5CK's programme was mostly a "split" of 5CL's new sister station 5AN, with its greater emphasis on sport, current affairs and light entertainment.[7] A differentiated programme for the regional network was to develop later. Locally produced programmes began in 1952 with the opening of ABC studios in Port Pirie.[8]

On air content[edit]

Andy Gall hosts Breakfast. The show is on air from 5:55am until 7:45am.

Sarah Tomlinson presents Mornings, from 8:30am until 11am. The show is also broadcast from 9am on ABC West Coast SA.

Annette Marner hosts Late Afternoons, which is broadcast not only on ABC North and West, but across regional South Australia and Broken Hill in western New South Wales.

Weekends from 6am until 8am is presented by Brenton Hobart.

Morning news bulletins are produced by the North and West news team, with journalists based in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln covering the mid-north, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island far-north and west, as well as the Eyre Peninsula and west coast of South Australia. They produce bulletins on weekdays at 6;30am, 7:30am and 8:30am, which supplement bulletins broadcast from Adelaide at 6am, 7am, 7:45am and throughout the rest of the day at the top of the hour. Weekend news bulletins are broadcast from Adelaide. The local bulletins are also broadcast on ABC West Coast SA.

The Rural Report is broadcast at 6:40am on weekdays. The 15-minute show is co-produced and presented by ABC Rural reporters in Port Pirie, and is also broadcast across the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast.

A news bulletin for regional South Australia and Broken Hill is presented at Midday from ABC North and West.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "5CK Wireless Station Opened". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 16 March 1932. p. 15. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "Better Service for Country Listeners". The Mail (Adelaide). 20, (1,033). South Australia. 12 March 1932. p. 2. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Winston T. Muscio (1984). Australian Radio the Technical Story 1923-83. Kangaroo Press. p. 68. ISBN 0-949924-82-2. 
  4. ^ "Efficiency Keynote of 5CK". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 26 December 1931. p. 11. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia.  This article includes details not found elsewhere.
  5. ^ Lloyd Butler. "Amplitude Modulated (AM) Broadcast Stations in South Australia". Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Broadcasting". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 2 December 1932. p. 29. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "5AN Gives Variety". The News (Adelaide). XXIX, (4,425). South Australia. 28 September 1937. p. 7. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "A.B.C. for Pirie". The Mail (Adelaide). 41, (2,076). South Australia. 15 March 1952. p. 10. Retrieved 21 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia.