Thursday, September 20, 2012

ABC Western Victoria: Change is in the air for the Dooen transmitter

The Dooen mast
The iconic Dooen transmitter that beams 594 AM across vast expanses will be taking a bit of a breather, but it will be back and better than ever shortly.

Since 1936, 594 AM ABC Western Victoria has been integral to the local radio service we provide to the western half of the state.

But like all critical infrastructure, our impressive antenna and mast at Dooen near Horsham needs some tender loving care and a much needed upgrade - and will also broadcast the ABC's newest Wimmera service, ABC News Radio.

This means for the next four weeks, broadcasts from ABC Western Victoria are going to be regularly disrupted and put on low power.

But while reception on 594AM will suffer, especially outside the Wimmera/Souther Mallee, there are other local radio alternatives in Hamilton, Mildura, Swan Hill, Bendigo and Ballarat.

For listeners in the Wimmera, we're hoping reception won't be too badly affected, but for listeners on the outskirts of our core Wimmera and southern Mallee area, we're hoping you'll find an FM Frequency to meet your needs while our "stick" is upgraded.

South of Horsham, you can try our ABC South West local radio station on FM 94.1, while to the north we have services on ABC Mildura/Swan Hill, 104.3 FM in Mildura and district and 102.1 FM in Swan Hill.
To the east of the Wimmera you can choose ABC Ballarat on FM 107.9 or ABC Central Victoria from our Bendigo studios on 91.1 FM.

(Source : ABC North and West SA)

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