The newest addition to the ABC radio family, Double J, kicked off at midday today with a live broadcast from the Kelvin Club in Melbourne. Along with live performances from Paul Dempsey and Kate Miller-Heidke, Double J presenter Myf Warhurst revealed the station’s full suite of programs, presenters and innovative music content.
The station line-up (pictured below) is:
11am-3pm Weekdays: Join Myf Warhurst each weekday for new releases, interviews with artists, great moments from the archives and a music quiz.
8-10pm Mondays: Singer-songwriter Emma Swift hosts Revelator, a show dedicated to sourcing bittersweet melodies and lonesome lyrics from folk, alt-country, Americana, roots, rockabilly and folk rock.
8-10pm Tuesdays: Melbourne music fanatic Tim Shiel takes listeners to a slightly weirder place with Something More.
8-10pm Wednesdays: Karen Leng covers post rock, punk and pop, ambient and acoustic sounds, and shares her vast music knowledge on The Beat Eclectic.
8-10pm Thursdays: From August one of triple j’s most popular and revered programs The J Files returns, this time with an innovative and digitally collaborative approach to artist specials.
6–8pm Saturdays: Melbourne soul act The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson joins the dots between indie, hip hop, soul and pop, as he presents Sky High.
9am–12pm Saturdays: Caz Tran plays the latest tunes, plus some of the best interviews and live music recordings from the triple j archives.
3–5pm Sundays: Your favourite musicians take over for a month for Artist in Residence. Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) kicks off the series this Sunday, followed by The Cat Empire, Adalita & Kevin Mitchell, Henry Rollins andIggy Pop.
The first Artist in Residence on Double J, Robert Forster said: “I like the idea of programming two hours of radio on a Sunday afternoon. I like the free hand I have in choosing the music I can play. And I like that a station exists to play adventurous music, a lot of it made by Australian artists, deserving to be heard by as many people as possible”.
Double J’s website will feature videos, reviews, illustrations and a unique new audio player, as well as music writing from some of the country’s most well-informed music specialists. Assistant Music Director Dorothy Markek was most recently a music programmer for Channel [V] and Music Director at MAX TV. Music Editor Dan Condon has worked as a writer and editor for Brisbane’s Time Off magazine for the last nine years.
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said at the event: “Double J strengthens the ABC’s Digital Radio offering by catering to the demographic between triple j and the other ABC networks. It provides an outlet for contemporary Australian music aimed at the over 30s on air, online and on mobile. We’re thrilled to be able to provide such a unique service and I’m confident that triple j’s management and programming expertise will make it a great success.”
When the ABC launched its first youth station on Sunday morning, 19 January 1975, it was called 2JJ (Double J). The renamed Dig now pays homage to that piece of Australian Radio history, and evokes the iconic name that will resonate with listeners who remember the original Double J.
The first song played on Double J was Skyhooks’ You Just Like Me Cos I’m Good In Bed, which had been banned on commercial radio for its explicit sexual content. The first song played today on the new digital station, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Get Ready For Love was nowhere near as controversial.