Busted: SCA debunks mysterious Loop FM station
The mystery of Toowomba radio station 99.1 Loop FM has been solved.
After Radio Today reported that the station had been taken off the air, SCA’s Darling Downs content director David Burton reached out set the record straight.
For the last few months, the station, dubbed Loop FM according to an eponymous Facebook page, had been spinning ‘A Thousand Miles’ by Vanessa Carlton and ‘In The Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins on repeat.
It recently added ‘Mmm mmm mmm mmm’ by Crash Test Dummies to its rotation, and a request line was available to select any of the three.
Burton took the opportunity to some light on the history of the station; “SCA Toowoomba moved into new premises recently and with the move came the decision to terminate the Kids FM service broadcasting on our 99.1FM LPON.”
“From February this year we’ve been rotating a couple of songs on the frequency until the final decision regarding the new format was made,” he revealed.
As it turns out, SCA had nothing to do with the creation of the Facebook page, which was started by an anonymous fan, who even created a request line.
The frequency is now playing SCA’s DAB+ digital station Buddha Hits.
“So the local station hasn’t gone anywhere, but the format that was never really a format, christened ‘Loop FM’ by a local fan, has been replaced with a permanent, much broader format,” said Burton.
“We thought it was harmless so let everyone have their fun until Wednesday, May 8 when the decision was made to broadcast SCA’s Buddha format on 99.1.”
The fan, who until now remained nameless, posted a tribute to the Facebook page over the weekend, signing off as ‘Mike’.
“We have had a great run, playing the same tracks on repeat for months, inspiring people to live their lives just a little loopy. But corporate pressure always wins and we have been replaced by Buddha Hits.
“Everyone here at LOOP FM would like to thank all our listeners for their loopy spirit and support.
“Hopefully, one day, the people will get what they want – what they deserve – and we can loop again.”
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that 99.1 LOOP FM TOOWOOMBA is no more.
We have had a great run, playing…
Burton extended his thanks to the fan for generating “more publicity than we could have dreamed of!”
“We’d to thank the mystery fan who started the cult-like online following, as well as the various newspapers and online sources that carried the story.”
“Now we invite Toowoomba listeners to add a little bliss to their lives with 99.1 Buddha FM.”