Spirit jumps on the FM band wagon

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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