Today’s Time Travel Simulcast: January 28th 1995

Forget the DeLorean. Don’t try to build your own time machine. I’m transporting you back 27 years RIGHT NOW – to January 28th 1995.

….and I have an 8 HOUR (!) recording to share.

The Original Hitz CD cover

On this day in ’95, Hitz FM’s 4th broadcast was wrapping up.

It was the first time the station had been ‘on’ since its record-breaking Summer 93/94 event. Hitz had recently released its first-ever CD The Original Hitz which managed to hit number 1 in Victoria’s compilations chart and number 10 nationally.

Meanwhile, Hitz had tonnes of music guests go through the doors including Quench, CDB, Culture Shock, Boom Crash Opera, Peter Wilson and Supergroove.

Throughout the broadcast, there were tonnes of events including a ‘Go bowling with the Hitz DJs‘ party, a listeners’ river cruise and memorably, Paul & Adele broadcasting from Hoyts Highpoint – leading to the cinemas 2nd-busiest day on record. Plus of course the weekly nightclub broadcasts (Joy @ The Metro on Friday, The Factory @ The 75th Squadron on Saturday).

About that recording.

One of my fantastic audio donators had a Hitz FM “logger tape”. It’s a VHS tape that was recorded at the station with eight hours of audio. In fact, legendary comedian Tony Martin (The Late Show, Martin Molloy) has spoken about using the same VHS longplay recording method back in the 90s.

Adele Cookson starting Hitz’s 4th broadcast (as seen on 10 News)

The recording started at 12:06pm on January 28th 1995. Yours truly was hosting from lunchtime. And over the next EIGHT HOURS you’ll hear some huge tracks from late 94/early 95. Annihilating Rhythm (Ultrasonic), Regulate (Warren G), Waterfall (Atlantic Ocean), Tomorrow (Silverchair), If I Only Knew (Tom Jones), Amor Serenade (Culture Shock), and Turn Me Out (Kathy Brown).

But there’s much more than music to discover. Some of the stranger highlights of the tape include James Ash doing a ‘worst songs’ countdown, an interview with boxer Lester Ellis (?) and rock jock Barry Bloke taking his dog Chisel for a walk.

I’ve created 2 videos – 4 hours each.

You can watch the menu/clock changing as you move back and forth to find particular segments.

If you hear any fave tracks, I’d be interested to hear!

The first video covers Midday to 4pm as follows:

Midday – 1pmGabz McGrath [probably worth skipping over 😉]
1pm – 2pmTina Foley & Nicole Santo
2pm – 3pmSteven Freeman
3pm – 4pmArtur Koustas

The second video covers 4pm to 8pm as follows:

4pm – 6pmJAMES’ HOUSE
feat. James Ash, Steve Dee & Steve Winkleburger
6pm – 8pmTHE BIG BREAKFAST (up late)
with The Talking Man & The Thinking Man
8pm…Kel McWilliam (short excerpt)

Hope you enjoyed this great flashback to this time in 1995. There’ll be more of these coming up later this year.

Meanwhile, if YOU have any friends you suspect ‘might have some old Hitz tapes somewhere’ – please contact me!

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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. GabeMcGrath.com includes tonnes of streaming audio recordings, photos, stories and behind-the-scenes info.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Time Travel Simulcast: January 28th 1995”

  1. I’m loving these posts, thank you Gabe!

    So many memories wrapped up in this broadcast, and perhaps surprisingly, many great tracks that have stood the test of time.

    1. Thanks very much Steve! Lots of dramas in getting this one to work (my newsletter subscribers are about to hear all about it) but hopefully it was all worth it.

      And if you have any leads re people who might have old Hitz tapes/photos I’m all ears!

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