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Philip Smith
5 September 2010 - 4:30am
I wonder if Tasradio made enough out of the deal wih GB to cover the cost of their HPON licence and equipment to get it on the air? I bet they did - and perhaps then some. Not a bad deal at all! Grant Broadcasters buys TasRadio's old frequency in Launceston
Ian Wright
4 September 2010 - 4:30am
I worked with Tom as a regional representative on the RMB during my 2EC days in the 80's. You couldn't meet a nicer, more passionate radio guy. I wish him the best of care during this difficult time.

IAN in Adelaide
Tom Crozier hospitalised
Jason Shaw
31 August 2010 - 4:30am
MTR's AM transmitter at Rowville (Vic) won't fix the signal problems the station has. Apart from Steve Price & Steve Vizard being Melbourne based most is broadcasted from it's sister station 2GB in Sydney. Steve Price program isn't as good as Ross & John on 3AW. Neil Mitchell sometimes annoyyes me but most people will stayed tune to it. Steve Vizard is pretty good listening. Macquarie profit soars but MTR needs patience, deep pockets and a better signal
Philip Smith
30 August 2010 - 4:30am
A correction is needed to this report. It seems my inside source who attended the auction in person did not note the result correctly for Launceston's contest. We can forgive him as he is not a journalist.

According to a media release today from ACMA, commercial Narrowcaster Tasradio Pty Ltd (TOTE Racing Radio) won the auction for the 1008 AM HPON licence at a price of $260,000.

So to revise my commentary, Tasradio have succeeded in reclaiming a frequency that they once owned. They will now realise their vision and switch their racing radio operation from their commercial FM licence to this AM HPON, and then use the FM licence in Launceston for something else - a country music format perhaps? We'll wait and see.

This means that genuine narrowcasters have prevailed to win every race in this round of HPON allocations, which is a good thing in my book, and a bit of a surprise really. Racing Radio won three races, while foreign language narrowcasters won two, including the Perth HPON FM licence.

I would like to say, however, as an additional comment to the Perth result, that from my own listening to FM 104.9 here in Perth, there is quite a lot of English language programming included in what is essentially intended to be a Chinese language service that is connected with China Radio International, based in Beijing. Could it be that FM 104.9 Network are indeed overstretching the defined 'limits' of narrowcasting with the format that they are using?
$777,000 paid for narrowcast licenses: Tasradio wins Launceston
Philip Smith
30 August 2010 - 4:30am
To be honest, there have been bigger HPON allocation events than this one just passed. The allocations 1997 to 2000 were by far the biggest in terms of the number of licences allocated across all states, and the amount of money ACMA raised in auctions. Nevertheless, this auction has been the most impressive since 2005, boasting some very impressive HPONs in large markets. No surprise then that they all went for a high price! The mother of all Open Narrowcast battles
Yvonne Bartle
30 August 2010 - 4:30am
I was playing Lady GaGa back in January 2010.....I have it logged.
Yvonne from Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Community Radio)
Kyle broke Lady Gaga? The facts say otherwise
Andrew Chapman
30 August 2010 - 4:30am
Great Southern Land broadcasters did not buy the Launceston licence - it was purchased by Tote Tasmania. $777,000 paid for narrowcast licenses: Tasradio wins Launceston
Philip Smith
24 August 2010 - 4:30am
I absolutely agree. DAB+ radios have dropped in price a little and with the footy finals upon us and the cricket season not far away, a small portable DAB+ radio would make a great gift for those living in the capitals. Pocket-sized Sangean DPR34 portable model is what I'd recommend. Kaiser Baas and Bush also make a good portable unit. Get dad a digital radio for Father’s Day
Frank Wilcox
18 August 2010 - 4:30am
The jacket's in good condition - as is mine, which is still regularly worn! Rare Triple M jacket for sale on eBay
Jason Shaw
9 August 2010 - 4:30am
That's Good News about Digital Radio. I have 2 Digital Radio's at home. The Iriver B30 is great as it shows pictures & song info on the main screen & in colour. Half a million people listening to digital radio after one year


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