93.9 Bay FM

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93.9 Bay FM
93.9 Bay FM radio logo.jpg
City Geelong, Victoria
Broadcast area Geelong
Slogan Love the Music
Frequency 93.9 MHz FM
First air date 10 December 1989 (1989-12-10)
Format Adult contemporary
Language(s) English
ERP 55 kW
Class Commercial
Transmitter coordinates -38.147011,144.360695
Owner Grant Broadcasters
(Geelong Broadcasters Pty Ltd)
Sister stations 95.5 K-Rock
Website www.bayfm.com.au

93.9 Bay FM (call sign: 3BAY) is a commercial FM radio station based in Geelong, Victoria. Commencing broadcasting in 1989, the station broadcasts an adult contemporary format.

History[edit]

Bay FM was originally licensed as part of a Commonwealth Government plan to increase the diversity of radio services in regional centres. The station's launch date is disputed - the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which oversees licensing of radio services in Australia, list the station's launch date as 10 December 1989,[1] however some listeners suggest that broadcasts began two days earlier on 8 December.[2]

Just before the official launch of the station, the parent company of Bay FM purchased the flagging 3XY in nearby Melbourne, from the then owners of 2SM Sydney. Once Bay FM commenced broadcasting, 3XY briefly simulcasted the station overnight, retaining its soft rock format during the day. However, once new studios in Corio Bay were completed, Bay FM and 3XY began full-time simulcasting, 3XY breaking only for exclusive Australian Football League coverage. After a period of 12 months, the then-Australian Broadcasting Authority demanded the two stations begin separate programming. While the two stations remained in their Corio studios, Bay FM relaunched with an easy listening format. In 1991, 3XY was sold to AWA Limited, owners of 2CH Sydney, and shut down later that year.

Bay FM was purchased by Grant Broadcasters, owners of rival 95.5 K-Rock, and the station relocated to the K-Rock building in the center of Geelong. In 1999, Bay FM adopted the adult contemporary format it broadcasts today.

Announcers[edit]

Current Announcers[edit]

  • Hayden Miller - The Morning Crew 06:00 - 09:00 weekdays
  • Lisa (Milly) Millard - The Morning Crew 06:00 - 09:00 (6-9am) weekdays
  • Daryl Reader - 10:00 - 14:00 (10am-2pm) weekdays
  • Mark Hyland - 14:00 - 16:00 (2-4pm) weekdays
  • 16:00 - 18:00 (4-6pm) Weekdays The Catch Up with Mark Hyland & Monday - Roxie Bennett, Tuesday - Jade Augustine, Wednesday - Marg Linley, Thursday - Renee Enright, Friday - Sue Lawson
  • Craig Meddings - Bay Property Guide 8am - 10am Saturday; Co-Host with Roxie Bennett - Bay Lifestyle 10:00 - 12:00 noon (10am-12pm) Saturday (and various shifts as required)

News Team[edit]

  • Rob McLennan
  • Victoria Webb-Taylor
  • Rebecca McDonald
  • Katie Boutchard


Bay FM's newsroom is shared with sister stations 95.5 K-Rock and 89.3 Hot Country.

Former announcers[edit]

  • Denis Walter - Afternoons at 3AW Melbourne
  • Laurie Atlas - The Daily Agenda at 4CA Cairns
  • Paula Kontelj
  • Ken Lane
  • Frank McKay
  • Roger Kent
  • Geoff Mason
  • Mark Girdwood
  • John Hood
  • Ronnie Swintek
  • Phil Baildon
  • Dave Gibney
  • Richard Millis
  • Rob Elliott
  • Gary Collins
  • Peter Mobbs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Communications and Media Authority (1 August 2013). "Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "20 years of Bay FM". 8 December 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 38°08′49″S 144°21′41″E / 38.1469°S 144.3614°E / -38.1469; 144.3614