ABC Local Radio
is a network of publicly owned radio stations
, operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
ABC Local Radio stations broadcast across the continent using terrestrial transmitters and satellites. Its programming consists of news, current affairs, talkback, entertainment, sport, music and local affairs.
Depending on the time of day and the day of the week, programming can either be purely local (typically on weekday mornings), broadcast from the state or territory capital city
ABC station, or simulcast across all ABC Local Radio services across the country (typically overnight, public holidays, in the summer months and on weekends).
Originally, Local Radio was known internally as ABC Radio 1
in metropolitan regions and ABC Radio 3
in regional areas. Radio 1
was a largely local format while Radio 3
was more networked and included content from ABC Radio 2
In the 1980s, Radio National emerged from Radio 2 and Radio 3 dropped its Radio 2 content with Radio 1 becoming ABC Metro Radio and Radio 3 becoming ABC Regional Radio. The Regional Radio stations provided local programming in breakfast and drive but networked common Local Radio content for most of their broadcasting hours. Some different, local market formats emerged, including the Darwin Metro 8DDD
, FM105.7 and Gold Coast Regional, ABC Coast FM (4SCR
), 91.7. Up until the mid 1990s, the majority of the local radio stations identified on-air as (frequency) (callsign)
. In the 1990s,... Read More