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101.7 WSFM (call sign: 2UUS) is a FM band radio station broadcasting in Sydneymarker, Australia. Its main content is commercial music, in particular classic hits from the 1960s to the Early 2000s, with a greater focus on the 70's, 80's and 90's. The station is owned by the Australian Radio Network, a 50/50 joint venture between Clear Channel Communications of the U.S., and APN News & Media Ltd. Its target market is all people aged 39–54.

WSFM's main frequency is 101.7 MHz on the FM band, with two repeaters in the outer suburbs of Sydney: 88.3 MHz in the Macarthur region, and 99.1 MHz centred in the Richmondmarker/Hawkesburymarker region. It previously transmitted on 1224 kHz on the AM band; this frequency is now used by print-handicapped radio station 2RPH.

Music

WSFM's former catchline was "Sydney's Classic Hits". WSFM generally plays pop music from the last four decades as well as current classic hits. Artists played most frequently on WSFM include Billy Joel, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, U2, R.E.M., INXS and Robbie Williams.

Other classic artists which feature prominently include Cold Chisel, Vanessa Amorosi, Tracy Chapman, Shania Twain, LeAnn Rimes, Matchbox Twenty, Savage Garden, Eurythmics, Jewel, Wendy Matthews, Elton John, Crowded House, Cyndi Lauper and Cher.

History

Liverpool Broadcasting and Transmitting Co Pty Ltd was granted an AM radio license in the late 1970s, specifically to serve the Western Suburbs of Sydney. 2WS began broadcasting on November 23, 1978, from temporary studios in a relocated cottage at 2 Leabons Lane, Seven Hills with a 5 kW transmitter located at nearby Prospect.

The studios subsequently moved, in October 1979, into a purpose built complex behind the old cottage in Leabons Lane. The original building was demolished, with the material donated to charity.

In the early 1990s the station was granted an FM licence covering the full Sydney metropolitan area. Its new transmitter site was located at Artarmonmarker, in northern Sydney. The official callsign was changed to 2UUS (using a literal 'double-U' to compensate for the extra letter required), although the station still identified as 2WS until 2001, when they changed their on-air name to WSFM.

WSFM now broadcasts from studios at North Rydemarker. The building also houses facilities for The Edge 96.1, also owned by the Australian Radio Network. The previous studios in Seven Hills are now serviced by Christian/Mixed Hits radio station, Sydney's 103.2marker.

Current 101.7 WSFM Presenters



Former WS FM Announcers



References

  1. * WSFM web site



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