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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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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STREAM: The first FIVE HOURS of Hitz FM’s 14th Broadcast

Let’s jump back to April 1998. It wasn’t just the time of Hitz FM’s 14th Broadcast. It was the era of It’s Like That (Run DMC/Jason Nevins), You make me Wanna (Usher) and Frozen (Madonna). At the movies Titanic was finally ending its mammoth run, to be replaced by Good Will Hunting and The Wedding Singer.

And now you can stream 5 hours from that era – as Hitz FM’s 14th Broadcast began…

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When Hitz Melbourne smashed the radio ratings

Back in Summer 93/94 the Hitz crew were having the time of our lives. We had our music on the radio, tonnes of listeners calling in, and more free pizza than we could eat. But we never suspected what would happen next. The day Hitz Melbourne smashed the radio ratings.

And it was this very day, the 22nd of February.

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Behind the scenes: Hitz on Hey Hey it’s Saturday

As February 1994 began, Hitz FM’s Summer 93/94 broadcast started to really take off. There were articles in the Herald Sun, along with street press faves Beat and In Press. Then within 24 hours – two major bits of national publicity. We saw Hitz FM on A Current Affair. Then the next night – Hitz on Hey Hey it’s Saturday.

And I’ve got the full segment below to watch.

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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.

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The final hour of Hitz FM

It was Melbourne Cup Day – this week in 2001. The day we heard the final hour of Hitz FM.

Not that the Hitz crew – or their listeners – were particularly interested in horseracing. But for such an important part of Melbourne culture in the 90s, its probably fitting for one of the station’s anniversaries to coincide with a public holiday.

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