Canberra – Country Music Capital?

paperboy 4 February 2010 21

Tamworth is supposed to be the country music capital, but why does Canberra suddenly have two country music radio stations.

2CC is apparently behind Hot Country which broadcasts on 95.7FM, but with really poor signal strength.

And KIX Country (not to be confused with KIXFM, later MixFM) has started broadcasting its test transmission on the AM band around 1323. (No idea who’s behind the KIX venture in Canberra)

Both originate from Queensland, with local ads and weather thrown in to make it sound like a local product.

But two country music station in Canberra!!??!!


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thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 12:17 pm 12 Nov 13

What we need is more specialty radio stations, not less.

Affirmative Action Man Affirmative Action Man 11:20 am 12 Nov 13

Is there anything more cringeworthy and embarrassing than Australian singers singing with an over the top Texas accent

Deref Deref 11:20 am 12 Nov 13

Pommy bastard said :

“Why does Canberra have two country music radio stations?” Would be better expressed as; “why does anywhere have any country music radio stations?”

“Country music” is self contradictory….

🙂 Gold.

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 11:02 am 12 Nov 13

astrojax said :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_Australia

act first up in this list – two options:
am

star country radio

1323Khz
fm

hot country radio

97.5Mhz

yeee-ha!

the am is now ‘star country radio’ and brands itself as canberra’s only country music station. guess the fm lot must be not from round these here parts..?

The FM one (Hot Country) originates from 2GB in Sydney. It is also on the digital radio trial and is a supplementary station to 2CC and 2CA.

astrojax astrojax 10:53 am 12 Nov 13

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_Australia

act first up in this list – two options:
am star country radio 1323Khz
fm hot country radio 97.5Mhz

yeee-ha!

the am is now ‘star country radio’ and brands itself as canberra’s only country music station. guess the fm lot must be not from round these here parts..?

Roger_Duck Roger_Duck 9:36 pm 17 Feb 10

Get over it! Is it ruining your life so much having an FM and an AM station playing it? Or would you prefer the mediocre modern day crap that has been forced onto the airways in Canberra and surrounds for many years? Last time I checked, there were more than two radio stations on both the AM and FM frequencies.

Equality and eclectic values are what’s important in “The Bush Capital”.

Rockerchick Rockerchick 10:29 pm 06 Feb 10

It wouldn’t we so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that 90% of country music played in Australia is just soft, soppy, middle of the road, male oriented rock with the odd pedal steel guitar riff thrown in. Oh and the performers must wear cowboy / girl hats!
People in Australia don’t really understand the true roots of country music as they’ve only been exposed to the watered down brand that’s become the music of choice for really really white folk! The origins of country / Bluegrass came out of the deep south of the US as a result of rebelious white boys sneaking off to jam with the black folk – unheard of back then! Ironically, modern mainstream American country music has become the refuge of the white conservative. Nothing’s different here in Australia! That sticker covered, giant mudflapped ute culture is about as redneck as it gets. It’s not limited to rural communities either; there are sooo many of them in Canberra!
There are also some excellent Australian country acts – check out The Flood, Karma County!

switch switch 8:53 am 06 Feb 10

Make that 1323 kHz on the AM band. Hope they can improve their sound, they have the audio bandwidth of a telephone at the moment.

prhhcd prhhcd 12:21 pm 05 Feb 10

Listened to Kix last night after reading this post and music was good – really good actually. Has now won a spot on my AM channel settings in my car. Is transmitting at 1353 AM for me.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:28 am 05 Feb 10

Country music has produced some gems…

This one for instance, I consider it my theme…

You’re My Son (Kenny Rogered)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnDA2TyIvBk

thy_dungeonman thy_dungeonman 1:20 pm 04 Feb 10

More importantly why don’t we have digital radio yet? It was launched right here at parliament house ironically. You can even buy digital radios from the stores here, of course after buying one I soon realized it was just a very nice paperweight.

CapitalK CapitalK 11:51 am 04 Feb 10

Does anyone else get a sence of Deja vu?
Positive we had this exact comment several months ago – and no I’m not going to check
Anyway whats wrong with 2 or 20 for that matter

bd84 bd84 11:29 am 04 Feb 10

Discussed in Oct 2009 http://the-riotact.com/?p=14221

motleychick motleychick 11:09 am 04 Feb 10

Worst type of music ever.

Trunking symbols Trunking symbols 10:34 am 04 Feb 10

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we live in a regional area outside the big cities. Country is not just music, it’s a whole attitude and mindset. Despite the protestations by many that we are more sophisticated, the fact is we are not Sydney or Melbourne and I for one am glad about that.

mirage3 mirage3 10:31 am 04 Feb 10

Complete waste of airspace!

wishuwell wishuwell 9:05 am 04 Feb 10

One for country, one for western I suppose.

buzz819 buzz819 9:03 am 04 Feb 10

It’s so they can play both kinds of music, Country and Western…

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:58 am 04 Feb 10

“Why does Canberra have two country music radio stations?” Would be better expressed as; “why does anywhere have any country music radio stations?”

“Country music” is self contradictory….

KB1971 KB1971 8:21 am 04 Feb 10

Country music is trendy, cant stand it myself.

I grew up in the country & never used to listen to it.

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