The first four weeks frenzy

So, we’re 4 weeks into this crazy adventure, and little did I know what ripples would occur, once I threw my little stone in the pond. So, what’s happenned in the first four weeks?

I’ve received audio (from old tapes). I’ve obtained photos. And scans.
I’ve done interviews. I’ve regularly published features. And my newsletter subscriber list is growing.

Let’s break each one down, shall we?

In terms of audio, I’ve received:

  • 7 ‘production compiles’ from Hitz broadcasts 3,6 and 7.
    (that is, a bunch of promos and sponsor announcements)
  • Quite a few digitised cassette recordings (when listeners taped Hitz off the radio)
  • AND – the holy grail.. 8 logger tapes.
    These are 6 to 8 hour (!) recordings recorded at the studio.

And I’ve also unearthed quite a few cassettes and logger tapes in my own collection.

A small selection of the incredible 6-8hr Hitz recordings found so far

As for photos:

I’ve been sent shots dating all the way back to Hitz’s 2nd broadcast – from Xavier College, in July 1993. And there are many more photos going through until the late 90s. There are photos from inside the studio. Photos from Hitz events. Quite a few shots of historic moments that I didn’t even know had been captured. And then – there’s that cardboard box.

The above box belongs to one of the senior Hitz staff, and contains hundreds of photos. Many of these shots have never seen by station members, let alone members of the public. They’ll be slowly catalogued and scanned, then I can share them with you.

Lots of scans in the first four weeks:

I’ve started a project to find, document, scan and share ALL the Hitlist member magazines. There are about 30 magazines in the full set, and in just 4 weeks I’ve manage to get my hands on half of them. They’re a fascinating record of both the behind-the-scenes goings on from the Hitz FM staff, and great contributions from fans at the time.

I’ll be scanning each Hitlist, tidying it up and converting it to a PDF. Then I’ll upload it here on the blog as a ‘3D flippable book’ which is about as close to the real thing as I can get. For example: below is Hitlist number 12, published in September 1995.

You can ‘Zoom to full screen’ the above newsletter – which is easier to read. NB: This is quite a small newsletter – many are 12 / 16 pages or more.


In my work towards the book, I’ve interviewed the following people in the past 4 weeks:

  • Andrew Gyopar (Hitz volunteer, announcer and committee member from 1992-mid 94. Hitz fM president from mid-94 to 2001)
  • Myf Webster (original committee member, volunteer co-ordinator, news director, music director in various broadcasts from 1992-1996)
  • Darryl Rae (committee member, announcer, program director, training co-ordinator, Hitlist editor in various broadcasts from 1993 to 1996)
  • Ty Frost (announcer and special event voiceover guy from 1992-1994)
  • Glenn Hampson (Hot 20 announcer -3rd broadcast)
  • James Ash (announcer, committee member – 1993 to 1996)

Plus the newsletter…

I published the 1st edition of Gabe’s Gazette, including lots of juicy behind-the-scenes information and photos. For example: Some shots from the filming/making of my video teaser campaign. The first ever appearance of the ‘mystery photo box’. And of course, the first two ‘hidden’ mashups were sent out – they’re an exclusive gift each 2 to 4 weeks… for my newsletter subscribers.

Looking ahead…

This was all in the first 4 weeks of the site. Who knows what the rest of the year may hold. As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions, please comment below or send me an email.

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Author: Gabe McGrath

Gabe McGrath is a radio creative and freelance writer. He helped set up 89.9 Hitz FM Melbourne in the 90s. This youth radio station caused a sensation and 30 years later many a 90s kid will smile when 'Hitz' is mentioned. Gabe is working on a book about that era and now blogs about Hitz Melbourne. includes tonnes of streaming audio recordings, photos, stories and behind-the-scenes info.

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