What does the loss of the Rush Hour mean for local content on the Gold Coast

The demise of the Rush Hour on Brisbane’s Triple M, and its replacement with Kennedy Molloy, a Melbourne based program, has been seen by some as the further eroding of local content on the Gold Coast.
CEO of Gold Coast’s 94.1, Gary Field, told radioinfo that local stations will be able to fill the void but that there are concerns other than the loss of local programming
He says The one thing that concerns me is the loss of local jobs and opportunities for our budding radio presenters. The Gold Coast has been proven many times as a natural jump to a major metro market.”
Local content and serving the Gold Coast community remain the main aims for 94.1, and the July establishment of a local news service on the station, in conjunction with 7’s Gold Coast News has been a big step forward.
The station also produces a number of local programs that include a 2-hour local gig guide.
Gary says The show has received over 600 entries from local music producers and the quality of many are so high we have introduced them into our normal daytime music line-up.”
As for being a Community Broadcasters, Gary says “Community and Community Radio used to be dirty words but that is changing particularly because we produce a product that the Gold Coast community is proud of. We’ve proven we are ‘The Gold Coast’s Own’ and it’s all been done because we’re local.”

94.1’s breakfast show is hosted by Richard Fowler, former Gold FM brekkie host, who moved back to the Gold Coast in April last year after time in New Zealand looking after his mother.

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