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The lucky 7th Hitz FM Broadcast signed off tonight

Some of my favourite Hitz broadcasts were the Summer ones. Number 1 (from John Gardner), number 3 (the famous one) and number 7 when I actually got to host the breakfast show! But we’ll get to that later.

Oh, and I’ve got a recording for you from that time too.

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LISTEN: Messy at Inflation – Hitz broadcast 10 wraps up

Tonight was the night – 26 years ago exactly – when the Hitz gang gathered at their favourite King Street nightclub. It was the end of Hitz broadcast 10.

And I’ve got a 90 minute tape for you to stream.

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A 90s Dance Music CD you could WATCH: HitzFour Ampfarm

It was September 2000, when Hitz Melbourne released one of their final compilation CDs – HitzFour Ampfarm. Like most CDs released by hopeful FM stations in that era, it had plenty of dance tracks.

But this one offered something more.

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Save it Stream it: The Hitz FM Melbourne tape drive

It was 30 years ago – this week – that Hitz FM Melbourne came into being. And from 1992 to 2001 people used to ‘tape Hitz off the radio’. But those cassettes are being lost. Today – we do something about it. Welcome to the Hitz FM Melbourne tape drive.

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Launching today in ’97 – Hitz Melbourne’s 12th broadcast

Hitz Melbourne’s 12th broadcast begam on this very day, in 1997. It was a broadcast that had both massive changes, and yet business as usual.

But I’ll get to those things in moment.

Let’s talk music.

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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.

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9 unforgettable moments in TWO YEARS of Hitz FM blogging

It’s my blog’s anniversary today. Normally, after 2 years of Hitz FM blogging, you’d expect a list of favourite stories. But that seems crass and boring.

So instead, I’d like to tell you about 9 moments in the past 24 months that I won’t forget.

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Stream: The first 2 hours of Hitz Melbourne Broadcast 16

July 26, 1999. Humberto ‘Humpy’ Texeria opened Hitz Melbourne Broadcast 16 at 9am with Hey Boy, Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers. He kept playing hit after hit, great new music – but something was wrong. Hitz FM had returned, but there weren’t any requests coming in.

The phones were dead.

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Flashback to July 1997 – Hitz Melbourne’s 11th broadcast

July 1997 was a great time to be heading to the movies in Australia. Hits included Jim Carrey’s Liar Liar, Nick Cage (and his hair) in Con Air and Bruce Willis’ amazing 5th element.

It was also a time of change for Hitz FM.

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STREAM THE PARTY: Queens Birthday Sunday night (in 98)

Back in 1998, it was a pretty awesome Queens Birthday Sunday night. In fact, the whole weekend on Hitz was big. They were giving away prize packs every hour to new members.

And you’ll find a TWO HOUR recording to stream below, including an hour of The Warmup with Shannon Yates “playing some of the harder sounds”.

But first, let’s jump into our time machine…

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