A different wavelength
Greg Thom unearths some of the hidden gems on the dial
Vega 91.5FM Sunday ‘‘Hello, I’m Dan Watson and I’m a homosexual,’’ is the greeting from the host of Vega’s Sunday night ITH so many high-profile radio shows competing for attention, it can be easy to miss the forest for the trees.
But it’s all there — from what’s going on in the world of wrestling to Asian indie music and everything you wanted to know about science.
BUY, SWAP AND SELL
3AW 693 Saturday and Sunday, 6am-8am This on-air trash and treasure market meets the Trading Post has become somewhat of a weekend institution for many Melburnians.
Host Darren James fields calls from listeners wanting to offload or pick up anything from 3m pythons to good-as-new washing machines and vinyl records. show. If you are keen to better understand and explore topics such as the difficulty of coming out and what to do on a first date, it is all here.
SYN 90.7 Saturday 2pm-4pm Want to know why Randy Orton has a bad attitude? Ever wondered how Necro Butcher slammed Colt Cabana in the ring or how Australia’s own Mad Dog flies so high off the ropes? Australia’s only wrestling radio talk show has the answers, delivered in a mix of news, views and interviews.
SYN 90.7 Weekdays 10am-3pm Freedom of expression is the name of the game, with each hour of this show designed to allow untried and untested teenage DJs from across Melbourne a voice.
Described as radio at its most raw, presenters are free to talk about whatever takes their fancy, from music, sport and movies to current affairs and fashion, backed up by some cool music.
Triple R 102.7FM Monday, 1pm-2pm Rob Jan hosts this ode to all things science fiction, fantasy and historical with a fair dollop of popular culture, TV, books, magazines and toys thrown in for good measure.
ENTER THE DRAGON
PBS 106.7FM Friday 9pm I didn’t even know there was a genre called Asian indie music. According to Enter The Dragon host Dave Beynon, listeners to his show will get an earful of everything from Japanese alt-pop and Cambodian garage-rock to Chinese punk-noise and Indian ambient electronica.
RUN LIKE YOU STOLE SOMETHING
Triple R 102.7FM Saturday, 9am-10am Described as ‘‘sport for thought’’, this is where sports science, culture and bizarre trivia collide as Justin Kemp, John Origlasso and Jesse Fyfe take a slanted view of the week in world sport.
The trio gives listeners the skinny on everything from the facts on training, diet and injury to roadtesting new sporting products.
CALLIN’ ALL CATS
PBS 106.7FM (Every second) Sunday 2am Were the ’80s really more than two decades ago? Not to Harry Q. Holden, who presents four hours of the best Australian rock and pop the Countdown era had to offer.
EINSTEIN A GO GO
Triple R 102.7FM Sunday 11am-12pm Enthusiastic weekly talk-fest that aims to translate all things science.
A mixture of news, history, interviews and general scientific gossip, along with musical interludes based on the eclectic tastes of scientists. Who knew?
fans can get the lowdown on Randy Orton, and all their
other heroes, on SYN’s Submission