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91.7 ABC Gold Coast

ABC Gold Coast (ACMA callsign: 4ABCRR) is an ABC Local Radio station. Based in the suburb of Mermaid Beach, the station broadcasts to the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland in Queensland, covering as far south as Byron Bay in New South Wales.

ABC Gold Coast
CityLower Beechmont, Queensland, Australia
Broadcast areaGold Coast RA1[1]
BrandingABC Gold Coast
SloganIt's where you live
Frequency91.7 MHz FM
First air date1983 (1983) (as 4SO)
FormatNational radio
Language(s)English
ERP25 kW[2]
Transmitter coordinates28°2′7″S 153°14′29″E / 28.03528°S 153.24139°E / -28.03528; 153.24139
Callsign meaning4 – Queensland
ABCRegional Radio
Former frequencies1590 kHz AM (1952–1978)
1593 kHz AM (1978–1989)
OwnerABC Radio and Regional Content
(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Sister stations
Website91.7 ABC Gold Coast

The station started life in 1952 as 4SO, operating as a relay from Toowoomba[3] of the ABC Regional Network, transmitting on a frequency of 1590 kHz (changed in 1978 to 1593 kHz to fit in with the revised 9 kHz spacing).

Its persona changed dramatically in 1983 when it was branded as 1593AM 4SO Gold Coast Rock[4] to target the youth market, then became 91.7 ABC Coast FM when it began broadcasting on the FM band in 1989. The station is now a news, current affairs and adult contemporary music station. In 2013 the station changed its name to 91.7 ABC Gold Coast in alignment with the nomenclature used for other ABC Local Radio stations across Australia. In 2019, the frequency was dropped from the stations name, in alignment with other ABC Local Radio stations across Australia.

Local ProgramsEdit

Weekdays:

  • 5:00am–7:45am Bern Young (Mon-Thu), Julie Clift (Fri), Breakfast (5:00am – 6:00am hour also broadcast to ABC Sunshine Coast)
  • 8:30am–11:00am Nicole Dyer, Mornings
  • 3:00pm–6:00pm Matt Webber, Drive

Saturdays:

  • 6:00am–12:00pm Julie Clift, Saturday Breakfast

The station does not carry ABC Rural programs such as The Country Hour or produces a Rural Report. However, it does air the national Australia Wide program each evening.

When local programming is not broadcast, the station relays statewide and national content from 612 ABC Brisbane.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GOLD COAST RA1" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Radio and television broadcasting stations" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Broadcasting Station Official Opening 4SO Southport". South Coast Bulletin (1547). Queensland, Australia. 15 October 1952. p. 24. Retrieved 20 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "About 91.7 Coast FM". ABC Online. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2011.

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