Mix 106.5


Mix 106.5
For the American radio stations that carry this branding, see KEZR, WHLK or WWMX.
Mix 106.5
Mix 106.5 logo.jpg
Broadcast area Sydney
Branding Mix 106.5
Slogan Sydney's Best Mix of the '80s, '90s and Now
Frequency 106.5 MHz FM
First air date April 1994
Format Mainstream CHR (pop, rock, Hip/Hop) and Adult contemporary
ERP 150,000 watts
HAAT 224 m[1]
Transmitter coordinates 33°48′20″S 151°10′51″E / 33.80556°S 151.18083°E / -33.80556; 151.18083
Former callsigns 2UW (until April 1994)
Owner Australian Radio Network

Mix 106.5 (official callsign 2WFM) is a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia and is owned by the Australian Radio Network (ARN). The station was formerly known as 2UW, broadcasting on 1107 kHz AM, before converting to FM in 1994.

Mix 106.5 plays new music primarily targeted at the 18-39 female age group including home to artists like Former Australian Idol winners Guy Sebastian & Stan Walker, Kesha, Beyonce, Jay Sean, Adam Lambert, Lady GaGa, Bruno Mars, Brian McFadden, featuring some classic hits, with the group most valued by advertisers. Sydney's Mix 106.5 is part of the Mix Network with sister stations in other major Australian cities - Mix 101.1 Melbourne, 97.3 FM Brisbane, Mix 102.3 Adelaide and Mix 106.3 Canberra.

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History

The station now known as Mix began life as 2UW, commencing transmission on 13 February 1925 on 1125 kHz on the AM band. On 1 September 1935, the frequency changed to 1110 kHz and in 1978 changed again to 1107 kHz.[2][citation needed] 2UW was the home of many live radio plays and had studios for live programs at George Street in Sydney, near the intersection with King Street.

The management of 2UW moved the station to 365 Kent Street Sydney where they maintained studios that were used for live plays. One of its early breakfast presenters Russ Walkington had a character known as Gerald the Grasshopper who pre-dated Sammy Sparrow who appeared on 2UE with Gary O'Callaghan.

From the early 1960s 2UW moved away from its older audience and actively pursued the youth market through the introduction of a Top 40 format in response to the music coming from the United States and Britain and to provide a vehicle for the up and coming Australian local rock scene.

2UW was one of the most innovative AM radio stations in Australia during the mid-1960s through to the early 1970s thanks to the programming of Ray Bean. Ray introduced the NEW2UW '1110' men comprising announcers John Melouney (breakfast), John Thompson (morning), Tony McLaren (afternoon), Ward "Pally" Austin (drive time), Rod Christopher (early evening), and Jeff Hall (late nights and Dial A Hit on Saturday nights). They were later joined by 'Baby' John Burgess, Donnie Sutherland, Phil Hunter, Gary Stewart,Graham Sawyer and a range of others who took Top 40 radio to a new level as part of the NEW2UW format being broadcast from the Kent Street studios in Sydney. The '1110 men' also took their music to the streets with promotions in such places as beaches, parks and shopping centres. One of the most successful promotions was the NEW2UW studio at the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the old RAS showgrounds at Moore Park. This provided a unique opportunity for the radio stations stars to mingle with their listeners. In the early 1970s the NEW2UW managed to lure announcer John Laws from his drive time slot at 2UE and gave Laws his first morning program in Sydney radio which was an immediate success, but also brought much confusion to the audience as the radio station went through a series of breakfast announcers and format changes which sought to capitalise on the success of the John Laws program, while trying to hang on its huge audience - many of whom were not ready for the introduction of talk-back radio by their beloved NEW2UW.

The NEW2UW had a close association with the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and operated a news service from its own Kent Street studios and a news studio in the Daily Telegraph Building in Park Street Sydney when the Telegraph papers were owned by Sir Frank Packer. The NEW2UW newsroom was operated by Don Rodgers a newspaper journalist who served Prime Ministers Chifley and Curtin during the Second World War as their press secretary. Don's style was very much in the mould of newspaper reporting, but he instilled in his staff the fundamentals of accuracy and clarity in their reporting.

2UW was one of two Sydney AM radio stations to be successful in bidding for the right to convert to FM, and on 30 April 1994 commenced transmission on 106.5 MHz on the FM band.[3] The familiar 2UW call sign was now broadcasting as Mix 106.5, adopting its name and logo from the United States. The official callsign became 2WFM though this is not used on-air. The 1107 kHz frequency is now assigned to SBS Radio.

Former 2UW Announcers

John Laws, Malcolm T Elliot, Waynee "Poo" Roberts, Ward "Pally" Austin, "Baby" John Burgess, Keith McGowan, Sam Galea, John Thompson, Donnie Sutherland, Rod Christopher, John Melouney, Gary Stewart, Mike Jeffreys, Dave D Whitcomb, Andy Reid, Matt Ponsonby, John Scott, Gordon Elliott, Ron E Sparks, Pete Rudder, Trevor Sinclair, Rob Duckworth, Graeme Stone, Selwyn Jones, Jamie Walter, Ric Melbourne, Bob Peters, Holger Brockman, Tim Webster, Barry Ion and Tony Pilkington (Baz & Pilko), Gary Jaeger, Richard King Gordon O'Byrne, Graham Miles(Mott), Wayne Mac, Andy Church, Gregg Easton, Paul Bartlett, Mike Stanley, Peter Simons, George Wayne, David Kidd, Ashleigh Mac, George Moore, Marvin (Mark) Bemand, Colin Mooney, Dave Dunlay, Ian MacRae, Malcolm T Elliot program reporter: Mike Tancred. Traffic: John Costello, Kayley Harris, Lyndel Jacob Sunday Nights: Father Jim McLaren

In 2010 Mix 106.5 went with a revamp of the station in conjunction with new shows and music demographic. Among those changes was the new slogan Sydney's Fresh Mix.

On 20 December 2010 during the station's 'long hiatus', it changed its slogan and genre to Sydney's Best Mix of the '80s, '90s and Now, with the return of Love Songs during the daytime.

Studios

2UW was previously located at 365 Kent Street, Sydney, before relocating to 11 Rangers Road, Neutral Bay in 1981, followed by 3 Byfield Street, North Ryde in 2002.

Announcers

  • Breakfast: The Brighter Side of Breakfast with Dr Andrew Rochford & Claire Hooper [In 2012, Mix's breakfast show with Rosso and Claire Hooper]
  • Mornings: Lars Peterson
  • Afternoons: Marnie T (Marnie Titheridge)
  • Early Drive: 3PM Pickup with Chrissie Swan & Yumi Stynes
  • Drive: Ant & Becks
  • Nights: On Air with Ryan Seacrest
  • Late Nights: Love Song Dedications with Richard Mercer
  • Music Director/Weekends: Brad Mac
  • Melissa Femia (Weekends & Public Holidays/Fill in)
  • Jason Kazanis (Weekends & Public Holidays/Fill in)
  • Veronica (Weekends & Public Holidays)
  • Lydia (Weekends & Public Holidays/Fill in)
  • Alex Day (Weekends & Public Holidays/Fill in)
  • Ed Phillips (Weekday afternoons fill in and Saturday show 'Destinations')

MIX 106.5 News

  • Erin Rhone (Breakfast, 5:30am – 8:30am)
  • Andrew Laird (Mornings/Lunchtime, 9am - 12pm)
  • Renee Smith (Afternoon [Monday-Thursday 1pm-7pm; Friday 1pm-6pm])
  • Dominic Cuschieri
  • Cassandra Wood
  • Mark McKeown


Former Mix Newsreaders

  • Fiona Young
  • Natalie Peters

Traffic Presenters

  • Alfie P (Alf Paranihi - Breakfast)
  • Sally-Anne Ryan (Drive)
  • Paul Latter
  • Warren Purchase

Former Mix 106.5 Announcers

External links

References

  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ "New Wave Lengths". The Sydney Morning Herald: p. 11. 30 August 1935. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17184965. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Lecky, Sue (30 April 1994). "Fresh Mix for FM Radio". Sydney Morning Herald: p. 4. http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac?docID=news940429_0079_0990. Retrieved 25 Apr 2010. 

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