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Fox FM (Melbourne)

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Fox FM (Melbourne)

Branding101.9 The Fox
Broadcast areaMelbourne , Victoria
FacebookTheFox1019
Frequency101.9 MHz FM
History
Call sign meaning3 - Victoria Fox FM
First air date1 August 1980
Links
Websitefox .com .au
Ownership
OwnerSouthern Cross Austereo (SCA Digital Pty Ltd)
Sister stationsTriple M
Programming
AffiliationsHit Network
FormatHot adult contemporary
Language(s)English
SloganGet That Feeling
Technical information
ClassCommercial
ERP56 kW
Twitter@thefox1019
101.9 Fox Fm Melbourne sign.jpg "101.9 Fox Fm Melbourne sign.jpg", by Joffaboy80, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

FOX FM started life at 5PM on 1 August 1980. The station was put together by Radio consultant Rhett H. Walker, who also acted as first General Manager. This follows a successful stint for Walker as consultant for Radio 3KZ in 1979. One of FOX FM's original advertising lines was 'Catch Fox'. The first song to be played on air, George Benson's Breezin', was played at the wrong speed for a few bars by the station's first presenter, John Amies. Amies suggest this was due to repeated rehearsals of station opening on instruction from studio Manager Gary Collins, who was allegedly fussing around him in the studio right before the station went on air. First station studio equipment was 16 Channel Poul Kirk mixing desk, four cuemaster cart decks, JBL studio pro speakers and technic turntables. The studio was pleasant to work in with a floor-to-ceiling window giving a view of filming of such Channel Ten programs as Neighbours, Prisoner and short-Live Holiday Island. The first two years of the station's life were not easy. Melbourne listeners do not initially flock to new FM stations, sticking to their regular listening habits with stations such as 3AW, 3MP and 3XY. It was positioned originally as a classy easy listening style format. The format, FM is FOX Music, comes later, under the management of former 3XY station Manager Graham Smith. In 1982, station's owners lost confidence in the original format and hired Mr. Smith to implement changes. All former announcers, except for Geoff Harrison, were let go. Also, station's instigator and first General Manager, late Rhett H. Walker moved on to greener pastures. From then on, station was positioned with pop rock format, appealing to the widest possible audience. This caused a steady rise in ratings through the mid-1980s, eventually landing the station in top position in Melbourne by 1986. Changes include new presenters, such as Gavin Wood and Barry Bissell. Take 40 Australia was weekly countdown of the current ARIA Top 40 singles chart. During this time, station also aired American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. FOX was one of two original FM Radio licence holders in Melbourne. It aimed to be the first commercial FM station to commence broadcasting in Australia, although it was eventually beaten by 3EON. FOX started life playing popular easy listening music whilst its other FM rival had adopted a more rock album orientated format. Throughout the history of the station, its logo and marketing have always included a picture of FOX, although this was discontinued in 2005 when the entire Today Network introduced new standardised logos, much to the disappointment of many. In 1986, FOX FM was bought by the owners of SAFM to create Austereo Radio Network, which now-as Hit Network-boast five additional stations around Australia.

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Programming

9 Fox is top 40 station in Melbourne and is owned by Southern Cross Austereo. Station was the start of commercial FM Radio in Melbourne. In 1980, Fox FM was launched along with EON FM. To make it different to existing AM stations, Fox FM launched with an easy listening format. After a couple of years, Fox FM changed to top 40. Since 1984, Fox FM programming has included Take 40 Australia. In 1986, Fox FM was bought by its current owners, Austereo. Until then, Austereo only owned SAFM. Buying Fox was start to build Austereo Radio Network. In 1994, Austereo bought Triple M from Hoyts Media, bringing two stations that started commercial FM Radio in Melbourne-Fox FM and Triple M-under same ownership.

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