Going for gold in 2000: Hitz Melbourne’s 18th Broadcast

In September 2000, Hitz Melbourne’s 18th Broadcast began. We were smashing out tracks like Lady (Modjo), Embrace the Sunshine (Quench) and On a Night Like This (Kylie). The big films at the cinema included X-Men, Road Trip and Hollow Man. And up in Sydney, they were busy with some sporting event involving 5 rings.

But seriously, the real action was in Melbourne.

Poster for the Crush all ages dance party - broadcast live on Hitz Melbourne.
Poster for the Crush all ages dance party – broadcast live on Hitz Melbourne.

Getting out ‘n’ about

Hitz’s 17th Broadcast earlier in 2000 set the standard. Throughout September 2000, there were even more Hitz live events. There were underage parties at Salt (featuring Madasun of ‘Don’t you worry’ fame). The station presented Jungle Brothers at The Prince of Wales. There was also a huge event at Sirens featuring Nick Skitz, Jackson Mendoza and MC Corey Layton – all broadcast live on 89.9.

Hitz Melbourne’s 18th Broadcast featured some big changes onair. After 3 broadcasts hosting the breakfast show, Darren Krakowiak accepted a role at TTFM. Scott Nixon took over for broadcast 18. Lidiya Simyanovska moved from mornings, back to afternoons. Later in the day, Olivia Belvedere continued on drive while the H20 team (Paul Hartney, Damien O’Brien) kept blasting out the night show.

Hitz Melbourne crew @ QBH nightclub
Hitz Melbourne crew @ QBH nightclub

Late at night it all happens

With the late-night specialist shows, most of the usual suspects continued (Radio Nation, Bizarr!, Escape). The new addition was Big Mouth. Here Georgia Falke would tackle a different life issue each week (buying a car, getting a job) with advice and listener talkback.

There were a few changes with the live nightclub broadcasts. Friday nights were live from QBH. Saturday nights moved to Sirens at Colonial Stadium, and Sunday nights were once again ‘Get Funked’ from Mothership at Mercury Lounge.

Hitz Melbourne crew with singer Coco Lee
Hitz Melbourne crew with singer Coco Lee

Then, they made history on 2 discs

Hitz Melbourne’s 18th Broadcast also saw the launch of the latest Hitz FM CD. There were 2 discs, featuring tracks by Quench, Madison Avenue, Mario Piu, Fragma and many more. There was also a megamix (by Smash & Grab!), plus something never seen before on an Aussie radio station CD.

And I’ll show you, next weekend…

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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.

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