ABC Goulburn Murray

ABC Goulburn Murray (call sign: 3MRR) is an ABC Local Radio station based in Wodonga, Victoria, broadcasting to North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales. First aired on 16 December 1931 as 2CO from studios in Albury, New South Wales, in 2000 the station's AM transmitter in Corowa was reallocated to ABC Riverina.

ABC Goulburn Murray
CityAlbury, New South Wales
Wodonga, Victoria
Broadcast areaNorth East Victoria and Southern New South Wales
Frequency106.5 MHz FM
BrandingABC Goulburn Murray
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTalk radio
AffiliationsABC Local Radio
Ownership
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
History
First air date
16 December 1931 (1931-12-16)
Former call signs
2CO (1931–2000)
Former frequencies
675 kHz AM (1978–2000)
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
36°06′43.43″S 146°53′35.66″E / 36.1120639°S 146.8932389°E / -36.1120639; 146.8932389
Repeater(s)91.7 MHz FM Myrtleford
98.7 MHz FM Harrietville
98.1 MHz FM Eildon
99.7 MHz FM Corryong
89.7 MHz FM Bright
102.9 MHz FM Alexandra
Links
Websiteabc.net.au/goulburnmurray/

The station's local programming outside of breakfast is simulcast on ABC Shepparton, while networked programming is sourced via ABC Radio Melbourne and ABC Local Radio Victoria.

HistoryEdit

 
ABC Goulburn Murray studios in Wodonga

A tiny studio was established in the Albury Post Office building to enable its first employee, Arthur Newnham, to provide a modest offering of local programming in an on-air schedule that consisted mainly of a mix of programs relayed from the ABC's Melbourne radio stations, 3LO and 3AR. The 2CO studios later moved to various Albury locations: Temple Court in Dean Street; a large house at the corner of Dean and Thugoona streets; to Townsend Street; and then into a purpose-built studio at the corner of Olive and Wilson Streets.

In October 1934, 2CO played a dramatic role in the MacRobertson Air Race from Mildenhall (near London) to Melbourne when the Netherlands KLM airliner the Uiver became lost over Albury, New South Wales after being caught in a thunderstorm. 2CO announcer Arthur Newnham appealed on air for cars to line up on the Albury racecourse to light up a makeshift runway in a bid to save the plane and its occupants. The Uiver landed safely and next morning was pulled out of the mud by locals, allowing it to fly on and win the handicap section of the international air race.

In the early 1990s, 2CO was re-branded as CO-FM as it switched from the AM to the FM band, retaining this name until 2000 when it became ABC Goulburn Murray. In the late 1990s, the station relocated across the border to Wodonga, into another purpose-built premises, which remains the station's current home.

Airing on 106.5 FM from a transmission site on Mount Baranduda near Wodonga, and from low-powered transmission sites in Bright, Corryong, Harrietville and Myrtleford, ABC Goulburn Murray broadcasts its local programs from studios located at 1 High Street Wodonga, covering parts of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales including Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla.

The original 2CO AM transmission site was retained and is used to rebroadcast Wagga Wagga-based ABC Riverina into the southern Riverina on the 675 AM frequency.

PresentersEdit

Presenter Role
Sandra Moon Breakfast presenter
Alice Walker Mornings presenter
Warwick Long Victoria Country Hour
Ray Terrill Saturday Breakfast presenter
Gaye Pattison Chief of Staff
Ashlee Aldridge News reporter and presenter
Eliza Beck News reporter and presenter
Annie Brown News reporter and presenter
Anna Chisholm News reporter and presenter
Jan Deane News reporter and presenter
Erin Somerville News reporter and presenter
Katherine Smyrk News reporter and presenter
Rhiannon Tuffield News reporter and presenter

ReferencesEdit

"The origins of ABC Goulburn Murray". ABC Online. 27 February 2003. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2008.