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DAB+ turns 10 in Australia

Thursday 08 August, 2019
DAB+ was launched 10 years ago promising a unification of the industry, clearer sound, replays and more information.

Digital radio launch a fantastic achievement: Des Decean retires

Friday 14 August, 2009

Austereo's Director of Technologies Des Decean will retire on September 30 this year. Decean is one of a handful of engineering specialists who are responsible for the success of digital radio in Australia. He told radioinfo at the digital radio launch that Australia's launch is a "fantastic achievement" and the smoothest roll out of digital radio anywhere in the world, and spoke to us about his career.

The amiable engineer does not plan to just sit back and listen to the radio in his retirement, he expects to be kept busy doing consulting work.

8 million people hear about digital radio as industry unites for launch

Friday 07 August, 2009

In an unprecendented show of industry solidarity, more than 40 different radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide have put rivalries aside and broadcast simultaneously to a combined breakfast audience estimated at more than 8.5 million people in a massive outside broadcast to promote digital radio.

Commercial, ABC and SBS stations were side my side in open marquees in the main squares of Australia's top five radio markets, with huge crowds of office workers stopping to sample free coffees and snacks and take a look at their favourite presenters.

iRiver B30 impresses at today's digital radio OB

Thursday 06 August, 2009

Today's digital launch had retailers' support in each city, with many models on display at the digital radio listener posts set up at every OB. Each brand offers different features, with Pure leading in the rewind function, Grundig displaying an impressive iPod dock style digital radio, and Roberts now offering a good quality top of the range model. But the best offering on display today was the latest iRiver, which has just been introduced into the country and is being sold at JB HiFi stores.

World watching DAB+ progress in Australia

Thursday 30 July, 2009

The world is watching what is happening in Australia as digital radio launches. With all capital cities now switched on, and the industry working together to encourage early take-up, Commercial Radio Australia has found itself busy hosting visitors who want to track the progress of DAB+ in this country. A Korean radio industry delegation is in town this week, and an Indonesian group of broadcasters is expected to arrive soon. Other international broadcasters are anticipated to attend this year’s Commercial Radio Conference in October to hear about developments.

Digital Radio installation companies win SMPTE Innovation awards

Friday 24 July, 2009

TX Australia and Kordia won Innovation Awards at this year's SMPTE Conference Gala evening. The 2009 C+T Awards for Innovation are designed to recognise innovation in productions, projects and products in the media industries throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Work done for Australia's digital radio roll out was what won TXA and Kordia their prizes.

In the Radio Project/Facility Rollout section of the awards, 2SER was commended while TXA and Kordia won the award.

Kordia - Digital Radio Rollout

Digital Radio simultaneous OB launch August 6: More Details

Friday 17 July, 2009

The radio industry has confirmed details for Australia’s biggest radio OB, which will be held to launch digital radio. In a world first, Australian commercial radio broadcasters and the public service broadcasters are putting competition aside on 6th August 2009 when more than 40 different radio stations will hold simultaneous outside broadcasts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide to promote digital radio.

Digital Radio on air in Sydney

Thursday 18 June, 2009

Commercial radio stations in Sydney have finally switched on digital radio after some unexpected delays slowed down the launch of the final Australian capital city to go digital. The newly installed channel 9B service on the main transmission tower was experiencing some technical problems with drop outs in the first few days of transmission, which now appear to be fixed.

FBi Sydney now on air

Sunday 31 August, 2003

New Sydney community station FBi launched today in front of a crowd too big to fit through the front door.

Just before noon, when the speeches ended, the vibe was expectant as the clock ticked over to the official opening time and the crowd cheered and clapped. A new version of the old Masters Apprentices song Turn on your radio, which was recorded especially for the occasion, was the first song played on FBi 94.5 FM.

FBi launch - opening speech

Sunday 31 August, 2003

Newly launched FBi is the highest powered community station ever, operating at 150 kW and covering all of Sydney.

A lot has happened since Lee Hubber and the first board of directors began to form a youth focused community radio group around ten years ago. The station encountered many trials on its way gaining its permanent licence but finally got on air this week.

In her opening speech, President Cass Wilkinson alluded to some of the history of the station and to its commitment to the youth culture and music of Sydney.

She said:

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