96.1 Lion FM Melbourne shutdown

For those who weren’t aware, Jewish community radio station Lion FM, based in the Melbourne CBD, turned off its transmitter today after its temporary broadcast licence expired at midnight this morning.

96.1 Lion FM were on air for about a year, broadcasting from the Melbourne Central tower in the CBD much like Joy 94.9. Their programming was an interesting mix of lost 80s and 90s songs, combined with traditional Jewish music, proving quite an eclectic mix.

For some reason, they chose to spend their final four hours on air playing dance music. However, I put up with some of that, and managed to obtain some recordings of their final moments.

The first one is of the final speeches given by the on-air staff, and includes the final Jewish song they play before the signal falls silent. This was recorded just before midnight last night (13/06/11).

Lion FM final song

The second one didn’t end up coming until about 20 past 10 AM this morning, when the blank carrier that had been broadcast on 96.1 was finally turned off. This is the transmitter shutdown. After it is turned off, you can hear a DX signal from 96.1 3ABCFM Shepparton VIC, which was semi-permanent into Melbourne prior to the commencement of Lion FM’s broadcast.

Transmitter shutdown

As a result of recording 96.1 all night, I nabbed some MS pings that I might upload later to get some help in identifying. Sadly they are too short to really get much from though.

So now with no local station on 96.1, DXers in Melbourne will be able to nab some rare distant signals on this frequency. Usual suspects include the aforementioned Shepparton station, Star FM Mt Gambier by tropo, and by E-skip: JJJ Lismore NSW and Zinc from Gympie QLD are also quite common in summer.

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