If you’re a Hitz fan, you probably remember the original late 90s internet. You know; dialup modems, Hotmail, ICQ, and fansites. Obviously I was there, and I can prove it. After 20 years of being hidden away, I’m going to tell you all about my Hitz FM site on Geocities.
Yes indeed. So fire up your Netscape browser, load up some mp3s on Winamp, coz we’re going back…
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.
Over 9 years, the Hitz FM newsletter The Hitlist evolved from a single black & white page to a 24 page full colour magazine. From a single writer/editor (Anton Vanderlely) to 10 volunteers, headed by editor Tracey Wooding.
But how did The Hitlist begin? How did it develop? What sort of cool content did it feature over the years?
Ahh, mashups… You know, like “I Wanna Bulletproof Dancer”.
Mashups… when somebody (more talented than me) combines one or more song instrumentals with one or more song acapellas. The result can be funny, inspiring, impressive or just amazing to dance to.
The first mashups I ever heard were back in ‘filesharing’ days of the late 90s. Networks like Napster and Limewire had a few of them, although 90% seemed to be Eminem vs X or Britney vs Y. They were simple, but entertaining for a bit.
Well, for many years I’ve written ads for radio. I’ve also written for magazines, newspapers and websites. But one story kept whispering to me. Wanting to be told. About the time in the early 90s, when I ran away with the circus.
OK, I didn’t actually leave my parents home. And… the circus didn’t have a tent.