Classic Hits started life 70 years ago, this month as 4GY, in
Gympie, Queensland Australia. The driving force behind the
creation of 4GY was Mr Steve L. Fittell who operated a successful
business, Fittells Radio Electric Service and also operated the
amateur station VK4JO. Like all amateur stations it was forced to
close down at the commencement of World War II. 4GY’s first
broadcast was from the Olympia Theatre when, at 8.00pm on the 3rd
of November 1941, Mr R.S. Turner became the first of many voices
to be heard on 4GY. The opening night at the Olympia Theatre was,
for its time, a real show-stopper.
The day after the official opening 4GY began operations from its premises at Brisbane Road, Monkland broadcasting on 1350AM using a 500 Watt AWA transmitter with a 186ft (56.7 metre) antenna. In 1945 the station moved to new premises in Mary Street where it would remain for 39 years. In those first years of operation through the dark days of the Second World War it was 4GY who kept listeners informed from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour to the dropping of the first atomic bomb.
In 1973 a stronger signal was required and this resulted in a change of frequency to 558AM and an increase in power to 5 Kilowatts. Then in 1984 4GY moved to its present location at Geordie Road, Monkland. The 558AM transmitter is situated near Wolvi. In January 2005, a new translator service was introduced at Bicentennial Lookout, near Eumundi. Broadcasting in glorious stereo on 107.1FM, this transmitter reaches Noosa, Eumundi, Sunshine Beach, Peregian, Coolum and surrounds.
Today, 70 years on Classic Hits continues to entertain and inform its listeners across Noosa and Cooloola. On Friday 25th November, Classic Hits 4GY will be celebrating their 70th Birthday, with an Open House between 10am and 12noon. Come along for a sausage sizzle, cutting of the cake and loads more.
What… Classic Hits 4GY will be celebrating their 70th Birthday, with an Open House between 10am and 12noon. Come along for a sausage sizzle, cutting of the cake and loads more.
Where… Classic Hits 4GY Studio’s, 21 Geordie Road, Gympie. Queensland.
When… On Friday 25th November between 10am and 12noon
Classic Hits 4GY Studio’s, 21 Geordie Road, Not Assigned
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