SCA moves Hit Dubbo & Hit Gippsland to Triple M Network

Staff Writer

Southern Cross Austereo today announced Hit93.5 Dubbo and Hit94.3 Gippsland will sit under the Triple M Network from July 20, becoming Triple M Dubbo and Triple M Gippsland.

As Triple M celebrates 40 years on the airwaves, Dubbo and Gippsland join Australia’s second-largest network with 46 stations in metro and regional markets plus five DAB+ stations.

SCA said Triple M Dubbo and Triple M Gippsland will now provide “the best of rock’s greatest hits” as well as Sport and Comedy.

Listeners will still wake up with Pippa & Alo for breakfast in Dubbo and Anna Dare in Gippsland, but Kennedy Molloy, hosted by Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy, will take over Drive.

The best footy commentary team in the country will be heard with Triple M Footy and there will be access to Triple M’s national and international competitions and prizes.

“We’re proud to be taking the Triple M brand into these growing markets,” head of Triple M Network Mike Fitzpatrick said.

“Triple M’s core content pillars of Rock, Sport and Comedy, as well as hyper localism and community focus, will resonate with the people of both Dubbo and Gippsland.”

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Anonymous
14 Jul 2020 - 9:23 am

This follows a change in Bundaberg 2 years ago, when 93.1 Sea FM (A Hit Station back then) switch branding and format to Triple M.

It also makes sense as Triple M AFL is already heard in Gippsland on 94.3

Hit The Fan
14 Jul 2020 - 9:51 am

Is the Hit Network not worth the effort anymore?

It’s only 2 regional stations which may seem small but it really says a lot about what SCA think about the Hit brand and Top40 radio in general.

Warren
14 Jul 2020 - 3:32 pm

Sadly Kennedy and Malloy drag a half hour show into two hours.
Often relying on repeat repeat repeat day after day after week.
I feel for you Dubbo and Gippsland, I tune out in Coffs Harbout 3 out of 4 days and still keep abreast of it.

Ian Dixon
14 Jul 2020 - 4:44 pm

Well, Mick Molloy whilst funny at times, and Jane Kennedy, they get the best time slots. Hence down here in Radelaide,we have had our afternoon local football commentary team bumped to 6.30pm. They used to be on at 3.00pm, and win the ratings, so enjoy, welcome to our world where costs are paramount, not entertainment.

AB
15 Jul 2020 - 8:52 am

Triple M is starting to get the music right in both metro and regional areas, but those tedious talk shows like Kennedy/Molloy spoil the whole thing. As soon as they start talking I switch to DAB or streaming an overseas station. There are so many great stations overseas that focus on the music.

Rob
15 Jul 2020 - 12:17 pm

Warren, you’re spot on. I could fall asleep with the dribble

PJC
16 Jul 2020 - 1:34 am

I don’t know the Dubbo market, but I’m not surprised with the change for Gippsland. Hit FM is up against a more successful CHR competitor in the market in TRFM. A shift to Triple M’s ‘Rock, Sport, Comedy’ should give SCA a better point of difference.

And given the bulk of Hit’s current audience are based in West Gippsland/SE Melbourne, I’m sure Fox’s signal probably reaches most of them anyway.

Darren Backhouse
21 Jul 2020 - 2:32 am

I had not long ago returned to listening to the Radio in Dubbo.
Guess I can go back to TV for my music.

1. Do we really have to listen to Talkback with Nick Brona from 12-5am.
This Station has lost me. Boring
2. Molloy is outdated. So afternoons are gone too

Click.

Christine
21 Jul 2020 - 3:16 pm

I enjoyed HitFM and top 40 songs, sad that it has changed. Not that rapt in the station now to be honest.

Chrystle
21 Jul 2020 - 9:05 pm

Not happy at all with the change. I won’t be listening. We already have Zoo FM playing rock songs so now that’s our only Genre option. Not one single station now plays current music. Stupid move. Not happy at all. The afternoon talk back is boring, bring back Carrie and Tommy.

Abi
22 Jul 2020 - 9:25 am

Worst decision ever. Hit 94.3 was the best thing ever, listened every morning to the afternoon and now it’s been changed to this stupid station with no alternative for those that want to actually listen to HIT

Bdizzl3
28 Jul 2020 - 2:32 pm

RIP hit, guess I’m gonna kms now

Ami Henshaw
2 Aug 2020 - 2:49 am

I HATE it!
I spend a lot of time in the car for work, HIT FM was great. I loved getting in the car and listening to my favourite station. Now that it’s moved to TRIPPLE M sucks. I now use my phone and portable speaker (cause I have an old school car) to listen to Spotify.
I miss Husey and Ed!

Anonymous
4 Aug 2020 - 10:10 pm

Bring back hot fm…. triple m sucks!!

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