After the many challenges of Hitz’s 4th broadcast, the return of Hitz FM in April 1995 was a less stressful affair. Much less to prove, new toys to try out, and only 3 weeks onair, rather than six.
But don’t just take my word for it – click on the streaming link and have a listen!
If broadcast 4 was a time for Hitz FM to prove its evolution since the Moorabbin event, broadcast 5 was a time for fun. Darryl Rae (pictured above) got things going at midday on April 7th, 1995.
You can stream the first 4 hours of broadcast 5, by clicking on the audio box at the bottom of this post.
The opening song was ‘Thunderchild’ by Thunderchild. (an early project of James Ash, prior to his later Rogue Traders success). As you’ll hear in the recording below there’s tonnes more great tracks over the next 4 hours.
You’ll hear tracks you remember well from Hitz FM in April 1995 (U Sure Do, Set Me Free, Reach Me, Bits ‘n’ Pieces, Nothing in the World). And a bunch you probably haven’t heard for 30 years (If you want – Luciana, Speed Racer – Alpha Team, Push the Tempo – Funkadelia)
And after its recent success (Number 1 in the Victorian compilation charts) they were also featuring plenty of tracks from The Original Hitz CD.
Over the next few weeks, the station kept the requests, competitions and excitement happening. Friday night Paul and Adele broadcasted their show “Dribble” live from Inflation. (In the previous broadcast, it was Joy @ The Metro). Saturday nights the Big Brekkie did it live again from The 75th Squadron.
In terms of the weekday shows The Talking Man & The Thinking Man continued The Big Breakfast. Kel McWilliam continued on Mornings. Radio Control (the hour-long request show) became The Hitz Lunchbox with different hosts each day. Afternoons were hosted by Darryl Rae and Drive by James Ash.
Gettin out ‘n’ about
In the Promotions department, they had a new vehicle (The yellow Hitz Renegade jeep) and tonnes of events to visit. From Werribee Plaza to Knox City, from The Cadillac Bar to Moonee Ponds Billiard Cente (!) the team crisscrossed the city. And there were freebies galore from Jolt Cola (my fave), Kettle Chips, Uncle Tobys and even Easter Eggs from Red Tulip.
And back in the studio…
If the big yellow Jeep was an obvious ‘toy’ for the team, a less obvious one was Hitz’s new ‘onair computer’. At last, we ditched the dodgy plastic “carts” that played our promos and sponsor announcements. (That’s when they didn’t fail with a whine, a clunk and a wail). The new Novation system meant that things SHOULD have sounded better. (If we were paying attention rather than raiding the promotions room for more Jolt™ cola.)
Hitz FM in April 1995 was a place full of great music (even if Ultrasonic got a few too many plays) and many laughs.
Hope you enjoy the FOUR HOUR recording below!