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Encyclopedia > Triple M Brisbane
Triple M Brisbane
Broadcast area Brisbane
First air date 3pm 22 August 1980
Frequency 104.5 MHz FM, adjusted from 104.1 on 5 Nov 1989
Format Rock
Owner Austereo Triple M
Website http://www.triplemrocks.com.au

Triple M Brisbane (call sign 4MMM) is one of Brisbane, Australia's commercial FM Rock radio stations, primarily targeted at those in the 25-50 age group. It is part of the Austereo Triple M network and broadcasts on 104.5 MHz. Image File history File links 4mmm_logo. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia, with a greater metropolitan population of just under two million. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... FreQuency is a music video game developed by Harmonix and published by SCEI. It was released in November 2001. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Austereo is a national commercial radio network in Australia. ... Triple M is a network of radio stations owned by the Austereo Radio Network. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia, with a greater metropolitan population of just under two million. ... The abbreviations FM, Fm, and fm may refer to: Electrical engineering Frequency modulation (FM) and its most common applications: FM broadcasting, used primarily to broadcast music and speech at VHF frequencies FM synthesis, a sound-generation technique popularized by early digital synthesizers Science Femtometre (fm), an SI measure of length... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... Austereo is a national commercial radio network in Australia. ... Triple M is a network of radio stations owned by the Austereo Radio Network. ... A megahertz (MHz) is one million (106) hertz, a measure of frequency. ...


Station History

The station started on the FM band at 104.1 MHz in August 1980. Their first format was contemporary rock. It was rebranded as FM104 in December 1982 with the new slogan "Rock In Stereo", and focused on the typical Queensland lifestyle of beaches and barbecues. Their playlists now included AC/DC, The Angels, Van Halen, ZZ Top and the Talking Heads as well as supporting Australian pub rock bands such as Painters & Dockers, Hunters & Collector's and The Huxton Creepers. Popular local acts such as The Choirboys, Mondo Rock, The Church, Noiseworks, INXS, Hoodoo Gurus, Mental As Anything, Icehouse, Split Enz, The Model's, The Radiator's, The Sunnyboy's, Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes and Midnight Oil were a mainstay on Brisbane radio at this time. In 1983, they started using a vocoder with the popular call sign, "FM104 ROCKS THE WEEKEND", "FM104 ROCKS BRISBANE" and "FM104 ROCK IN STEREO". They were the number one station in Brisbane from late 1984 until 1990. Much of their success can be attributed to Program Director, Bill Riner, who encouraged this hard edged rock format, refusing to program top 40 pop music. Continually searching for new material and breaking new ground, Bill introduced artists such as Oingo Boingo, World Party and Bruce Cockburn to the attention of Brisbane listeners. His lunchtime hour, Bill Riner's Lunchbox, featuring a selection of songs by a solo artist or band became a popular radio program. A typical lunchbox featured artists as diverse as The Beatles and Elvis Presley through to Dire Straits, Genesis and Ultravox. Two for Tuesday, where two songs by an artist were played back to back, proved very popular, and continued well into the 90s. The commercial free cruising hour finished off the working day at 5.00pm. FM104 also featured talented DJs, Barbecue Bob one of the favourites. Breakfast duties were handled for some years by Bill Heally and head news frontman Mr T (Rod Tiley). 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Peter Beattie (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd)  - Product per capita  $40,170/person (6th) Population (June Quarter Released Statistics 2006)  - Population  4,053,444 (3rd)  - Density  2. ... This article is about the band. ... The Angels were a hard rock band from Adelaide, Australia from the 1970s to the 2000s. ... For the Australian rock band The Choirboys, see The Choirboys (band). ... Mondo Rock are an Australian rock band. ... The Church are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980. ... Noiseworks was an Australian rock band that formed in Sydney in 1985. ... INXS (pronounced In Excess) is an Australian rock group. ... Hoodoo Gurus are a rock band from Sydney, Australia, although three of the original members Dave Faulkner, Rod Radalj and James Baker were originally from Perth. ... Mental As Anything is an Australian New Wave/rock music band who, since the late 70s have released numerous albums & singles and have produced many innovative music videos. ... Icehouse is an Australian band, originally billed as Flowers, best known in Australia in the late 1970s Sydney pub scene and later in the early to mid 80s for more mainstream success and radio airplay. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Paul Maurice Kelly (born 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian singer-songwriter and is recognised as an icon of Australian popular music as a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame. ... This article is about the Australian band. ... Two Fires (1990) Jimmy Barnes (born April 28, 1956 as James Dixon Swan) is a popular Australian rock singer. ... Midnight Oil was an Australian rock band active from the early 1970s until 2003. ... Oingo Boingo was a critically acclaimed American New Wave rock band better known for their influence, soundtrack contributions, and high energy Halloween concerts rather than their chart successes. ... World Party is a successful British pop/rock band, which is essentially the solo project of its multi-talented only member, Karl Wallinger. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

In 1988, Hoyts Entertainment, the new owners of the station, forced FM104 to take on the Triple M brand to become part of the newly created Triple M nationwide network. From then on it became known as FM104 Triple M, with the callsign 4MMM. A change of frequency to 104.5 MHz also occurred in the late 80's. Triple M is a network of radio stations owned by the Austereo Radio Network. ...

During 1990, Triple M was finally toppled from the top spot by new FM station B105, with the onset of rap and dance music. B105 FM is one of Brisbane, Australias main FM radio stations, primarily targeted at youth. ...

When the Austereo group purchased the station as part of its takeover and merger of the Triple M and Today networks in 1995, the FM104 tag was dropped for good. Austereo is a national commercial radio network in Australia. ...

These days Austereo still owns the Triple M network, and the station continues to broadcast as Triple M Brisbane.

In 2005 Triple M regained the top spot on Brisbane radio after 15 years.


FM104 studios were originally based in a building at in St Pauls Terrace and moved to 549 Queen Street, Brisbane. This building was quite a character building, with a quirky lift, green carpets and a distinctive spiral staircase linking the two floors. The basement carpark, reserved for executives, was tiny and difficult to enter and exit. Parking lot is the American English term that refers to a cleared area that is more or less level and is intended for parking vehicles. ...

The original equipment comprised MTE mixing consoles, and ITC Delta cartridge machines. FM104 Triple M never experienced the era of "Digital Commercial System" (DCS) which was incorporated into most other Austereo stations. Instead, FM104 Triple M continued to use outdated cartridge machines until 1999, when the updated Maestro digital playout system was installed as part of an Austereo wide upgrade.

From 1998 to 2000, Triple M's news was broadcast from the newsroom of sister station B105 FM in a combined newsroom arrangement. A data link was also installed between the two stations for WAN access. B105 FM is a commercial FM radio station broadcasting on 105. ...

FM104, and later Triple M Brisbane, broadcast from the Queen Street location until August 2000, when owners Austereo relocated Triple M and sister station B105 into new combined premesis at 309 North Quay, Brisbane. The new complex was the first in Australia to use the revolutionary Klotz Digital VADIS audio system. Klotz Digital is a manufacturer of audio media products. ...


FM104 originally transmitted using two RCA BTF-20E 20 kilowatt transmitters (A/B) running from the BTQ Channel 7 tower at Mt Coot-tha Brisbane. An increase in ERP (effective radiated power) was granted in the early 1990's, and an arrangement was reached with rival station B105 to share a new antenna, combiner and floor space at TVQ Channel Ten, which had a higher tower. B105 FM is one of Brisbane, Australias main FM radio stations, primarily targeted at youth. ...

An ERI FM array was installed on the tower, combined through an RF combiner to allow both 105.3 (B105) and 104.5 (4MMM) to transmit at 5Kw base power on the same array. 4MMM had a 20Kw RCA transmitter moved from the BTQ site and an NEC 10Kw transmitter installed at this site, in an A/B failsafe configuration. One of the original 20Kw RCA transmitter was left in place at BTQ seven as a backup, leaving 4MMM as one of the most redundant ready stations in Brisbane, with three transmitters to choose from and two different transmission sites.

After the official duopoly merger with B105 FM, which had two Harris HT10 transmitters on a separate antenna at TVQ Channel Ten, 4MMM continued to use the same transmitter configuration until 2002, when a new solid state Harris Z10CD transmitter was installed at the newly created TX Australia facility under the TVQ Ten tower. One of B105 FM's existing HT10 transmitters was re-tuned to 104.5 MHz and installed at the Channel Seven tower, 1 km away from Channel Ten on Mount Coot-tha as a backup. Both original RCA transmitters were sold for scrap, and the NEC transmitter was shipped to Melbourne to become a backup for Fox FM. Fox FM is a radio station broadcasting to Oxfordshire, United Kingdom on the frequencies 102. ...

As of November 2005, Triple M Brisbane has one Harris Z10CD solid state transmitter as the main, located at TVQ Ten. It has one HT10FM tube transmitter as the secondary, located at BTQ Seven. There is also a spare antenna (the original B105 FM1C) at the TVQ Ten tower if needed. B105 FM is one of Brisbane, Australias main FM radio stations, primarily targeted at youth. ...

4MMM's base power is 5 Kilowatts with an ERP (Effective Radiated Power) of 19 kilowatts at the antenna.

Breakfast Shows

FM104 and 4MMM have had several notable breakfast shows in their history. Five of the most popular are as follows:-

  • Rob Duckworth and Dave Gibson
  • Dean Miller, Gary "Badge" Belcher and the late Graham "Shirley" Strachan
  • Dean Miller and Sammy Power
  • Fatcat, Marto and Leisa
  • The Cage with Ian Skippen

Graham Shirley Strachan (2 January 1952 - 29 August 2001) was the lead singer of Australian 1970s rock group Skyhooks. ...


  • In 1999 announcer Dave Dangerfield died of a heart attack aged 29 following a Saturday morning shift on FM104. Dangerfield had complained of chest pains throughout the morning, and news director Rod Tiley encouraged him to visit a doctor. He stayed until the end of the shift, then went home and collapsed as he entered the kitchen. Dangerfield was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. FM104 General Manager Jim Johnston mandated that all staff except the current on air announcer attend a fundraiser in his honour. Guest speakers at the fundraiser included NRL Bronco's coach Wayne Bennett,AFL Lions coach Leigh Matthews, and B105's Paul 'Campo' Campion. Dangerfield was a childhood friend of both Paul and his brother, former Bronco Kevin Campion. Austereo also made a large monetary contribution to Dangerfield's wife and two baby girls, aged 3 years and 18 months. Dangerfield's death was attributed to the weakening of heart muscle due to years of drug and alcohol abuse[citation needed].

At David Dange

  • Ex FM 104 Triple M Promotions and Marketing Director Paul Dutton died of cancer whilst employed by Australian Radio Network at their Melbourne Stations TTFM (now MIX 101.1) & GOLD 104.3.

The Australian Radio Network (ARN) is a network of commercial radio stations. ...

25th Anniversary Celebration

In August 2005, 4MMM held a weeekend long celebration of 25 years broadcasting. Archived audio was played back, including interviews with the likes of former programmer Bill Riner and other former DJ's.

The weekend culminated in a Sunday afternoon broadcast from the station's carpark at 309 North Quay, with drinks, food, and live to air performances from The Screaming Jets, The Chiorboys and Glen Shorrock. The single 'Cool Change' from Shorrock's 'Little River Band' was the first song ever played to air on 4MMM.

Current On air staff

  • BREAKFAST - The Cage with Greg "Marto" Martin, Greg 'Sully' Sullivan, Georgina 'George' McEncroe & Ian Skippen
  • MORNINGS - Greg Wood (Woody)
  • 11AM - 1PM - Get This with Tony Martin, Ed Kavalee and Richard Marsland - Networked from Melbourne.
  • AFTERNOONS - Corey Kay
  • DRIVE - New show featuring Wil Anderson from April 2007 - Networked from Sydney.
  • NIGHTS - The Paul Murray Show - Networked from Sydney.
  • LATE NIGHTS - The Spoonman - Networked from Sydney.
  • FLOATING - Andrew Very (AV), Michael Price and Clare Blake

WEEKENDS The Cage is the popular and long-running breakfast radio show currently airing in Australia (in Melbourne and Sydney) on Triple M, part of the Austereo Radio Network. ... Get This hosts: Ed Kavalee (left) and Tony Martin (right). ... Tony Martin Tony Martin (born 10 June 1964) is a comedian and writer from Te Kuiti, New Zealand who has had a successful TV, radio, stand-up and film career in Australia. ... Ed Kavalee - Star of Radio & Stage Ed Hyland-Kavalee is an Australian actor and radio host. ... Richard Marsland wearing Satiny Caftan Richard Marsland (a. ... Paul Murray is a presenter on the Triple M radio network in Australia. ... The Spoonman is the name of an Australian late night talk-back radio program and the on-air name adopted by its host Brian Carlton. ...

  • The Wrong Side of the Bed with Scott Cam (Saturdays 7-9am)
  • DEADSET LEGENDS - Richard Champion and guests (Sporting show, Saturdays 9-11am)
  • Corey Kay, Greg Wood

Scott Cam (born 1962) is an Australian television personality appearing on several lifestyle programmes on the Nine Network. ...


In 2007 Triple M Brisbane will broadcast full call of Monday night NRL games, as well as AFL matches played by the Brisbane Lions. The Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) are an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ...

The AFL call team is headed by lead commentator and producer Michael Price.


As with most national radio networks, 4MMM engages in networking of several shows across the day. In addition, 4MMM employs local automation overnight, where the computerised playout system simply plays music and commercials automatically, without the need for a human to be present.

Currently the following shows are networked on 4MMM:-

  • Georgina McEncroe is networked into The Cage from Melbourne
  • Get This - 11am to 1pm weekdays, from Melbourne
  • Wil Anderson - 4pm to 6pm weekdays, from Sydney
  • The Paul Murray Show - 6pm to 9pm weekdays, from Sydney
  • The Spoonman - 9pm to 11pm weekdays, from Sydney
  • Wrong Side Of The Bed - 7am to 9am Saturdays, from Sydney

Overnights - Locally automated

Current Executive Team

As of December 2006

  • CEO - Michael Anderson
  • General Manager - Richard Barker
  • Program Director - Rex Morris
  • Production Manager - Rick Wade
  • News Director - Melissa Martin
  • Technology Manager - Dan Chalmers
  • Sales Director - Damon Rielly
  • Promotions & Marketing Director - Melanie Lindquist
  • Finance Manager - Petrea Grant

See also

FM radio stations in Brisbane

Station/Frequency:90.5 4RBL | 93.3 4SBS | 94.9 4MIX | 96.5 4FRB | 97.3 4BFM | 98.1 4EB | 98.9 4AAA | 99.7 4RED | 100.3 4BAY | 101.1 4CBL | 102.1 4ZZZ | 103.7 4MBS | 104.5 4MMM | 105.3 4BBB | 106.1 4ABC-FM | 106.9 4BNE | 107.7 4JJJ List of Australian radio stations. ... FM broadcasting is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation (FM) to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... This article is about the Australian city. ... River 94. ... 97. ... 4ZZZ (pronounced Four Triple Zed or simply Triple Zed) is an independent community radio station operating in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, at the frequency 102. ... 4MMM or Triple M Brisbane is one of Brisbane, Australias commercial FM Rock radio stations, primarily targeted at those in the 25-50 age group. ... B105 FM is a commercial FM radio station broadcasting on 105. ... ABC Classic FM is Australian classical radio station available in major centres around the country. ... Nova 106. ... Triple J (JJJ) is a nationally-networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). ...

  • http://podcasts.triplemrocks.com.au/4mmm.xml - Triple M Brisbane PodCast (All Shows) or subscribe with iTunes



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