Triple M LocalWorks

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Triple M LocalWorks is a radio brand owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo. Under this brand falls two networks - Triple M, a rock formatted network which broadcasts in metropolitan Australia; and LocalWorks, an adult contemporary formatted network which broadcasts across regional Australia.

Triple M[edit]

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

The Triple M Network is an active rock radio network in Australia owned by Southern Cross Austereo, who also own the Hit Network.


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.

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.


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.

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.


Name City Frequency
Triple M Sydney (2MMM) Sydney 104.9 MHz FM
Triple M Melbourne (3MMM) Melbourne 105.1 MHz FM
Triple M Brisbane (4MMM) Brisbane 104.5 MHz FM
Triple M Adelaide (5MMM) Adelaide 104.7 MHz FM
Triple M Classic Rock Digital Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth Digital radio
Triple M Modern Rock Digital Adelaide, Perth Digital radio
Mix 106.3 (1CBR)1 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 106.3 MHz FM
Triple M The Border (2BDR) Albury, New South Wales/Wodonga, Victoria 105.7 MHz FM
2CS FM (2CFS) Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 106.3 MHz FM
107.7 2GO (2GGO) Gosford, New South Wales 107.7 MHz FM
2RG Griffith, New South Wales 963 kHz AM
KOFM (2KKO) Newcastle, New South Wales 102.9 MHz FM
2GZ FM (2OAG) Orange, New South Wales 105.1 MHz FM
2MC FM (2PQQ) Port Macquarie, New South Wales 100.7 MHz FM
2WG Wagga Wagga, New South Wales 1152 kHz AM
Sea FM (4RGC) Cairns, Queensland 99.5 MHz FM
92.5 Gold FM (4GLD) Gold Coast, Queensland 92.5 MHz FM
Sea FM (4RGM) Mackay, Queensland 98.7 MHz FM
Mix FM (4MBB) Maryborough, Queensland 103.5 MHz FM
Sea FM (4RGK) Rockhampton, Queensland 101.5 MHz FM
4GR Toowoomba, Queensland 864 kHz AM
4TO FM (4TOO) Townsville, Queensland 102.3 MHz FM
5SE Mount Gambier, South Australia 963 kHz AM
Triple M Hobart (7XXX) Hobart, Tasmania 107.3 MHz FM
3BO FM (3BBO) Bendigo, Victoria 93.5 MHz FM
Sun FM (3RMR) Mildura, Victoria 97.9 MHz FM
Triple M Goulburn Valley (3SRR) Shepparton, Victoria 95.3 MHz FM
RadioWest 783 (6VA) Albany, Western Australia 783 kHz AM
RadioWest 900 (6BY) Bridgetown, Western Australia 900 kHz AM
RadioWest 963 (6TZ) Bunbury, Western Australia 963 kHz AM
RadioWest 747 (6SE) Esperance, Western Australia 747 kHz AM
RadioWest 981 (6KG) Kalgoorlie, Western Australia 981 kHz AM
RadioWest 1071 (6WB) Katanning, Western Australia 1071 kHz AM
RadioWest 1098 (6MD) Merredin, Western Australia 1098 kHz AM
RadioWest 918 (6NA) Narrogin, Western Australia 918 kHz AM
RadioWest 864 (6AM) Northam, Western Australia 864 kHz AM
Mix 94.5 (6MIX)[8] Perth, Western Australia 94.5 MHz FM

1Mix 106.3 is a 50/50 joint venture with Australian Radio Network


  1. ^ "SCA Corporate Website - Southern Cross Austereo". Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Austereo Adds Fourth Digital Radio Band - 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". 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. ^ "triple m local works regional stations" (PDF). 

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