Mu­sic the main game

It’s New Year’s Eve and time for Greg Thom to check out how our ra­dio sta­tions plan to count­down to mid­night

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FOX FM

LET’S face it, when it comes to New Year’s Eve, less talk, more mu­sic is the pre­ferred op­tion for party-loving Mel­bur­ni­ans and Fox seem more than happy to oblige.

From 11am to 6pm, the sta­tion’s DJs will be crank­ing out the hottest hits of the year. Then from 6pm, Fox plans to play six hours of tunes un­in­ter­rupted by ads right up un­til mid­night.

A live count­down broad­cast (from Syd­ney) fol­lowed by three hours of pump­ing dance mu­sic should en­cour­age those in the mood to con­tinue par­ty­ing into the wee hours.

TRIPLE M

THE home of rock, sport and com­edy will be run­ning through the best of 2008 from noon.

NOVA 100

NOVA is pulling out all the stops this year, with DJ Jody McLeod mov­ing from her reg­u­lar noon-3pm shift to present her show live from 10pm to 12.15am from the ‘‘Sen­sa­tion’’ dance party at Tel­stra Dome.

Af­ter count­ing down to mid­night, Nova will then take the feed live from the main stage at Sen­sa­tion.

On New Year’s Day the party mood con­tin­ues, with McLeod sad­dling up again at the Sum­ma­dayze fes­ti­val.

Nova will broad­cast live some of the hottest acts from the var­i­ous fes­ti­val stages at the sold-out event.

McLeod, mean­while, will be kept busy wan­der­ing around the fes­ti­val film­ing be­hind-the-scenes footage and con­duct­ing in­ter­views with DJs for pun­ters to ex­pe­ri­ence the event on­line.

VEGA 91.5

AN­NOUNCER Ge­off Watts will be play­ing mu­sic from the ’70s, ’80s and the best new songs lead­ing up to count­ing down to the new year.

GOLD 104

A COM­MER­CIAL-free New Years Eve party show be­tween 7pm and 2am will in­clude great party hits plus short re­views of top events and news sto­ries from the year, cul­mi­nat­ing in a count­down to mid­night.

MIX 101.1

NON-STOP party-mu­sic mix from 7pm to 4am, com­mer­cial and host-free.

3AW

NIGHT­LINE hosts Bruce Mans­field and Philip Brady are on track to broad­cast from the top of the Eureka Tower, re­gal­ing their loyal band of lis­ten­ers with word pic­tures of the spec­tac­u­lar New Year’s Eve fire­works as they burst over the city.

The pair also will hit the phones to check out how other cities around the world are wel­com­ing 2009.

ABC

THE Cood­abeen Cham­pi­ons (Billy Bax­ter, Jeff Richardson, Ian Cover and Greg Cham­pion) are host­ing a New Year’s Eve Spe­cial be­tween 9pm-1am.

Live from the Ho­bart water­front, the show will in­clude in­ter­views, live mu­sic and all the colour and move­ment from the Taste Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the end of the Syd­ney-toHo­bart and Mel­bourne-to-Ho­bart yacht races.

TRIPLE J

CO­ME­DIAN Dave Cal­lan will usher in 2009 with his own ra­dio show NYE Car­nage be­tween 8pm and 12.30am.

Along with spin­ning some great party tunes, Cal­lan is also keen to hear from lis­ten­ers for a run-down on how they are ush­er­ing in the new year.

From 12.30am un­til dawn, res­i­dent beat ex­pert Nicole Foote will keep the party go­ing with the ul­ti­mate party sound­track in her NYE Mix.

TRIPLE R

AS AL­WAYS, Triple R takes a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach to New Year’s Eve.

The com­mu­nity sta­tion has given some of its younger broad­cast­ers a crack at the lime­light, along with bring­ing back a much-loved for­mer broad­caster.

From 7pm to 10pm Luke Po­cock and Rose Cal­laghan, regulars on the sta­tion’s grave­yard shift, will de­liver a mix of not-so-com­mer­cial mu­sic but much loved by reg­u­lar Triple R lis­ten­ers.

Kris­tian Bren­nan will see in the new year from 10pm to 1am in a sim­i­lar vein, fol­lowed by Fiona Scott Nor­man, who will delve into the eclec­tic mu­sic col­lec­tion at the heart of her suc­cess­ful stage show The Nee­dle and the Dam­age Done, un­til 3am.

On the move:

Jody McLeod will present live from the Sen­sa­tion dance party.

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