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Smooth 91.5 (call sign: 3PTV) is a commercial radio station based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Smooth 91.5
CityMount Dandenong
Broadcast areaMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Brandingsmoothfm 91.5
SloganMelbourne's easy place to relax
Frequency91.5 MHz
First air date5 September 2005 (2005-09-05) (as Vega 91.5)
12 March 2010 (2010-03-12) (as Classic Rock 91.5)
21 March 2011 (2011-03-21) (as Melbourne's 91.5FM)
21 May 2012 (2012-05-21) (as Smooth 91.5)
FormatEasy listening
Language(s)English
ERP56 kW
Callsign meaning3-Victoria PTV-
AffiliationsSmooth
OwnerNOVA Entertainment
Sister stationsNova 100
Websitewww.smoothfm.com.au/station/smooth915

The station is owned by NOVA Entertainment along with her sister station, Nova 100, and currently plays easy listening songs from the late-1950s/early-1960s to the present with a 55+ year span.

HistoryEdit

The station first named Vega began with a music and talk format, however it switched to a music format in 2006. In 2010, its format became 'Classic Rock' playing primarily rock artists from the '70s and '80s and targeted listeners 35-54, which would make its then competitors Gold 104.3 and Triple M. After a somewhat shaky start the station seemed to be growing slowly but consistently and then at the time had around 400,000 listeners (AC Nielsen Official Survey 6 in 2009).

At the end of 2009, Vega moved to a model with no announcers outside of the Dicko and Dave morning show, with the result being a very high focus on music quantity post 9am. Alice Cooper started as the nights host on the station on 12 March 2010.

On 12 March 2010 the Vega brand was dropped and the station was relaunched with new a format as 'Classic Rock 91.5' to counteract the 'classic hits' station Gold 104.3 and the contemporary active rock station Triple M.[1] DMG Radio Australia announced the change as Vega's brand as the station has struggled towards the bottom of the ratings ladder in both Melbourne and Sydney. In building these new stations DMG needed a "simple, focused music concept that would appeal to the 35-54 audience." according to CEO Cathy O'Connor.

On 21 May 2012, the station was again rebranded with a new format and name, 'smoothfm 91.5'.[2]

In May 2012, it was announced that Michael Bublé would be the face of smoothfm.[3] He was later dropped and replaced with Sam Smith.[4]

In March 2017, smoothfm 91.5 was crowned the number 1 FM station for the first time with a 9.4 share.[5] As of April 2018, it has an audience share of 10.3%.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bodey, Michael (12 March 2010). "Local: Vega axed for classic rock". The Australian. p. 3.
  2. ^ Cook, Henrietta (27 April 2012). "Smooth rebirth for Melbourne radio station". The Age. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Michael Buble Is The Face Of smoothfm". Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b Samios, Zoe (6 April 2018). "Smooth FM drops Michael Bublé for Sam Smith in new brand campaign". Mumbrella. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Chrissie, Sam and Browny all smiles after survey 1 | radioinfo.com.au". www.radioinfo.com.au. Retrieved 14 March 2017.

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