93.9 Bay FM
is a commercial FM radio station based in Geelong, Victoria
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, south-west of the state capital; Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia...
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. It commenced broadcasting from an old industrial estate in Corio
Corio is a residential, industrial and one of the largest suburbs of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, located approximately 9 km north of the Geelong central business district...
, Geelong in 1989.
The Official starting date provided by broadcasting authorities was 10 December 1989, however former listeners have suggested that Bay FM broadcasting began on the afternoon of Friday 8 December 1989.
Bay FM was originally licensed to Geelong Independent Newspapers, as part of the Australian Commonwealth government's bid to increase the diversity of radio services in regional centres.
Just before the official launch of the station, the parent company of Bay FM purchased the flagging 3XY Melbourne radio station (then broadcasting a mix of soft rock) from the then owners of 2SM. Under "new" management, 3XY, for a very short period of time, once Bay FM commenced transmission, continued broadcasting Soft Rock
from Melbourne daily until 6 pm, then would simulcast Bay FM until 6 am the following morning, once the new Corio Bay FM and 3XY studios were complete, 3XY began simulcasting with Bay FM 24/7. (Apart from 3XY's AFL Coverage, which was a separate 3XY exclusive broadcast).
Only a few of the Melbourne 3XY announcers at the time joined the new Bay FM / 3XY joint on air simulcast / presentation, which involved either relocating or traveling daily to Geelong / Corio.
The on air slogan of the simulcast was "93.9 Bay FM, 1422 3XY........Great Rock 'n' Roll"
The then Australian Broadcasting Authority
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subsequently (after a period of approx 12 months) demanded that they cease simulcasting and recommence separate programs on each stations. 3XY continued with Hot Hits, and Bay FM relaunched with an easy listening music format (Both continuing to operate in the same Bay FM / 3XY studios in Corio). Shortly after the death of 3XY in 1991, Bay FM moved into the city of Geelong, In the mid 90s, Bay FM was purchased by the Cameron company (Grant Broadcasters, owner of K-Rock Geelong) and was relocated to the K-Rock building in the center of Geelong.
Programming on Bay FM Geelong including music, in addition to new simulcast of Seven News
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at 6pm from the Seven Network
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Bay FM Newsroom
The Bay FM Newsroom is shared with sister station K-Rock
K-Rock is a common radio brand, generally carried by radio stations airing a modern rock format. CBS Radio has owned the K-Rock brand in the United States since 1986. Then known as Infinity Broadcasting, CBS acquired the K-Rock brand after purchasing noted Los Angeles rock station KROQ-FM , its...
- Rob McLennan (News Director/Breakfast)
- Victoria Webb-Taylor (Fill In)
- Tom King (Fill In)
- Rebecca McDonald (Afternoon/Drive)