THE HOTTEST COUNTRY: Luke Cross and Dave Nicholson celebrating the launch of KIX Country Australia wide. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
THE HOTTEST COUNTRY: Luke Cross and Dave Nicholson celebrating the launch of KIX Country Australia wide. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Bundaberg radio goes national

COUNTRY music networks KIX, HOT and TOP will enter a new era on Sunday.

Bundaberg Broadcasters general manager Trish Mears said the KIX Country team in Bundaberg would be programming for the whole of Australia under the KIX Country brand.

Ms Mears said it was an exciting development for the Bundaberg Radio Centre.

The country music networks are owned by national radio company Grant Broadcasters.

Acting program and content manager Dave Nicholson said Sunday would be an historic day.

"It's with great excitement that we launch our KIX brand nationwide from this Sunday," he said.

"Some areas will notice minor programming changes, others will hear the KIX name a lot more and in some cases, for the first time.

"We are not changing our Hot Country Music mix, but there are some minor programming changes."

Mr Nicholson said some popular shows would be repeated due to listener demand.

"Due to feedback about Kickin' It with KIX you will now hear this three-hour program in its usual spot of 9am until midday, but also at night from 9pm until midnight," he said.

"You will hear more classic country from midnight to dawn as well.

Mr Nicholson said there were also some exciting changes coming for the All Australian Top 20 in the next few weeks.

"Plus we're giving listeners the chance to pick up some of the great music we play as we celebrate bringing the family together under the one KIX banner," he said.

The KIX Country frequencies in the Wide Bay are 97.1 FM Bundaberg and 92.3 FM Hervey Bay.

From Sunday KIX Country will be heard in Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. 

Grant Broadcasters bought the former Fairfax regional radio assets in Bundaberg and South Australia, including the KIX Country network, in 2011

. It gave the company a radio network with wholly-owned or joint venture presences in every Australian state and territory.



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