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The loneliest broadcaster in the world? Canberra 100 takes to the digital airwaves

By 22 January 2013 11

Canberra FM radio (think Mix 106 and FM 104) have announced they’re launching a digital only Centenary radio station Canberra 100:

The station has been designed to celebrate Canberra’s milestone year and along with the very best in commercial free music the station will highlight the events that are running to celebrate the centenary along with pieces highlighting the cities beginnings and moments in time since 1913.

Canberra 100 will also put the call out to unsigned local artists to submit their original music for the chance to have it played on the station in segments dedicated to up and coming musicians and bands.

Canberra FM Radio General Manager, Eoghan O’Byrne, says “I am excited that we can use the technology that is being trialed in the region to create a truly local format in the form of our Canberra 100 ‘pop-up’ station and demonstrate what the advances in radio broadcasting technology can offer the region.” He adds, “Canberra 100 will be on-air until after the official Centenary weekend celebrations conclude on March 12th and new content will regularly added to the station reflecting what is happening in the region today along with what was happening in our growing community through the past 100 years.”

Canberra 100 can only be listened to with a digital receiver which are available at all major electrical retailers such as, The Good Guys, Domayne, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Bing Lee to name a few.

Now maybe if the local content could find its way into the mainstream formats we’d be getting somewhere.

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11 Responses to The loneliest broadcaster in the world? Canberra 100 takes to the digital airwaves
#1
switch9:42 am, 22 Jan 13

Wish they’d share out the unallocated bits available in the 10B multiplex to the music streams already on air. ABC Jazz at 56kbps – is this some kind of sick joke?

#2
goggles135:46 pm, 22 Jan 13

how many people have a digital receiver? suspect the audience will be very small

#3
LSWCHP6:55 pm, 22 Jan 13

I’m going to trivialise this noble subject by asking if anybody knows how to pronounce Eoghan?

Guesses? Ian? Ewen? Ay-Owen? E-Oh-Gan? Shivawn? Barry?

#4
farnarkler8:18 pm, 22 Jan 13

Trialed in the region? It shows just how much the government thinks of Canberra when digital radio here is on a trial only.

#5
poetix9:31 pm, 22 Jan 13

Someone clever could write a really good one-person play based on this initiative, with the broadcaster gradually going mad, shouting out Charnwood! Charnwood! Charnwood! Or pretty city, with a dying fall.

#6
Primal12:38 am, 23 Jan 13

goggles13 said :

how many people have a digital receiver? suspect the audience will be very small

That hardly matters. The Centenary people will declare it a great success and lo, reality shall bend to their will.

#7
BimboGeek1:10 am, 23 Jan 13

http://www.behindthename.com/name/eoghan

His name is apparently a very Irish version of “Owen.” I hope he was born in a very little Irish village because otherwise, there’s just no excuse!

#8
Masquara2:41 am, 23 Jan 13

And of course we are paying those radio stations, so it’ll be risk-free for them. C100′s madcap ideas seem to come largely from communications contractors. Has Robyn given up already?

#9
coffeeman10:33 am, 23 Jan 13

LSWCHP said :

I’m going to trivialise this noble subject by asking if anybody knows how to pronounce Eoghan?

Guesses? Ian? Ewen? Ay-Owen? E-Oh-Gan? Shivawn? Barry?

Owen – a very common Irish name

#10
zorro2910:41 am, 23 Jan 13

i love your titles for articles johnboy

#11
Paul10:49 pm, 03 Jun 13

Love this station and all the other new digital radio stations. I have a digital tuner in my car, home stereo, and for my alarm clock and the sound is superb. Note, if you do get a digital tuner for your car you will need a digital audio aerial ( should come with the tuner) and also make sure you buy one with an analogue AM /FM tuner as well for when you are traveling out of town; this technology has a limited range outside of the broadcast city. Again the tuner should come with an analogue tuner anyway but you should check.

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