Spirit jumps on the FM band wagon
Karratha’s commercial radio station has moved to a new home on the airwaves.
Spirit Karratha made the switch to 102.5 FM on the dial last week after about 40 years spent broadcasting on an AM frequency.
Redwave Media general manager Ian Kennedy said moving to FM was a milestone because it realised a long-held ambition for the station.
“I am absolutely delighted that after many years of planning and hard work we have been able to improve our Spirit radio offering by moving to the FM band,” he said.
“This provides Karratha, Roebourne and surrounding communities with a far superior quality service than was previously available.”
Spirit Karratha breakfast announcer Pablo Miller said listeners could enjoy better sound on the station’s new FM frequency.
“The key benefit in going FM is the sound quality,” he said.
“There’s a significant difference when you’re wanting to crank some AC/DC on the job site once you’re on FM.
“I’ve got to be a lot more careful when I sip coffee now while on air — no one wants to hear that in high definition.”
Spirit Karratha has been broadcasting on AM since the station began operation in 1978, when it was known as 6KA.
The station will broadcast on both frequencies for the next month before phasing out AM altogether at the end of June.