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
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.
THE home of rock, sport and comedy will be running through the best of 2008 from noon.
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.
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.
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.
NON-STOP party-music mix from 7pm to 4am, commercial and host-free.
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.
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.
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.
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.