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4KQ is a commercial radio station in Brisbane, Australia owned by the Australian Radio Network.

4KQ 683
City Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast
Slogan Good Times and Great Classic Hits
Frequency 693 kHz AM (also on DAB+)
First air date May 7, 1947 (1947-05-07)[1]
Format Classic hits
Language(s) English
Power 10,000 watts day/5,000 watts night
Transmitter coordinates 27°22′47″S 153°14′6″E / 27.37972°S 153.23500°E / -27.37972; 153.23500
Former frequencies 690 kHz (1948-1978)
650 kHz (1947-1948)
Affiliations Pure Gold Network
Owner Australian Radio Network Pty Ltd
(ARN Communications Pty Ltd)
Webcast [1]



Planning for the station began after a licence with the callsign 4KQ was granted in August 1946.[2] It began broadcasting on 7 May 1947 on 650 kHz under the ownership of the Australian Labor Party.[3] The station was involved in number of controversies relating to this ownership.[4][5][6]

On 1 September 1948, the station changed to 690 kHz.[7] Originally operating at 1000W at launch, approval was given to upgrade to 2000W in April 1954.[8]

Later the station moved to 693 kHz in 1978. 4KQ broadcasts from its studios in the Brisbane suburb of Stones Corner, along with its sister station 97.3 FM. It presents a classic hits format of music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, with some 1990s, aimed at listeners 40–54 years of age.


4KQ's main programming component is their Classic Hits music format. News Bulletins are also aired hourly weekdays, with an increased half-hourly frequency during the Breakfast programme. Traffic reports are also aired hourly, with an increased 15-minute frequency during the weekday Breakfast programme, and 20-minute frequency during the weekday Drive programme.


  1. ^ "4KQ Goes On The Air". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1947-05-08. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Labour Radio Will Be 4KQ". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1946-08-16. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Labor's 4KQ "On The Air"". Worker. Brisbane. 1947-05-12. p. 1. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Premier Warned On Cash To 4KQ". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1947-10-22. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Promise to check 4KQ advertising". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1949-03-16. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Liberals protest 4KQ cut speech by Hiley". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1949-10-15. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Radio change costly (You'll need new dial)". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1948-08-25. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  8. ^ "More Watts To Radio Stations". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 1954-04-23. p. 8. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 

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