Hit Network

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Hit Network
TypeRadio network
BrandingHit Network
Country
SloganAustralia's Most Listened To Radio Network
Broadcast area
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Adelaide
Perth
Canberra
Newcastle
Hobart
Regional Australia1
OwnerSouthern Cross Austereo
Launch date
1980 (1980)
Former names
Austereo Network
Today's Austereo Network
Today's Hit Network
Official website
Hit Network

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 in 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 and 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 and 2Day FM). Bundaberg's Sea FM station has since been re-branded and joined the Triple M Network.

Stations[edit]

Callsign Frequency Branding Location Slogan Notes
2DAY 104.1 MHz FM 2DAY FM Sydney 104.1 2DAY FM
Making Sydney Feel Good
2CFM 101.3 MHz FM SEA FM Central Coast 101.3 Sea FM
The Central Coast's home of Hits and Old School
Gawndy and Ash Pollard for Breakfast
2ROC 104.7 MHz FM hit104.7 Canberra hit104.7
Canberra's home of Hits and Old School
Formerly 104.7
Ned and Josh for Breakfast
2XXX 106.9 MHz FM hit106.9 Newcastle hit106.9
Newcastle’s home of Hits and Old School
Formerly 2HR, 2NX and NXFM
Nick, Jess and Simon for Breakfast
3FOX 101.9 MHz FM Fox FM Melbourne 101.9 The Fox
Melbourne’s #1 for Hits and Old School
Fifi, Fev & Byron for Breakfast
4BBB 105.3 MHz FM hit105 Brisbane hit105
Brisbane's #1 for Hits and Old School
Formerly 4BK and B105
Stav, Abby and Matt for Breakfast
4SEA 90.9 MHz FM hit90.9 Gold Coast hit90.9
The Gold Coast's home of Hits and Old School
Formerly Sea FM

Lise, Sarah, Dan & Ben for Breakfast

5SSA 107.1 MHz FM hit107 Adelaide hit107
More Music, More Variety
Formerly SAFM
Bec and Cosi for Breakfast
6PPM 92.9 MHz FM hit92.9 Perth hit92.9
Famous for Hits and Old School
Formerly 6PM, PMFM and 92.9
Heidi, Xavier and Ryan for Breakfast
Various Various hit Regional Australia Hits and Old School

Network shows[edit]

  • Carrie & Tommy
  • Hughesy & Kate
  • Ash London Live
  • The Danny Lakey Late Show
  • Collective Noun
  • Mid Dawns with Tom & Olly
  • Those Two Girls - Sara & Lise
  • RNB Friday Nights with Bow Wow
  • Weekend Breakfast with Dylan, Tanya and Angus
  • Trending 20 with Angus O'Loughlin & Ash London
  • Old School House Party with Tim Lee
  • Boxed In with Fifi Box
  • Live from LA with Dean McCarthy
  • Ash London Live & Local

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 soothes 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.
  • Urban Hits, Playing the Hottest Hip-Hop and RnB.

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 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ "#HitHobart". Radio Today. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  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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