News: We’re making changes to FBi on digital radio

May 4th 2017

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On June 5, FBi 94.5 is returning to digital radio (DAB+) and replacing FBi Click. The two will become one.

Tune in from 6pm on June 5 for Sunset with Simon Caldwell as we make the switch.

Your favourite shows from FBi Click are sticking around to join our regular programming on FBi Radio – 94.5FM, on DAB and streaming online and on demand. You’ll get to hear Motorik, PicnicPurple Sneakers and Bare Necessities each week. Body Promise made an early start, taking over Tuesday Sunset last month.

Motorik are your new Friday Sunset crew, spinning partytechnorave, next-wave and acid anthems from 6-8pm to launch the weekend. They bring the best in cutting-edge dance music from the warehouse to the airwaves.

On Picnic each Friday from 8-10pm, Kali explores deep house, dub techno and disco-tinged everything – dropping the needle on freshly stamped wax and relics from the crate.

Local tastemakers Purple Sneakers are throwing a weekly party on your radio to ring in Saturday night. Hear dancefloor anthems and colourful new cuts from emerging artists from 5-6pm.

On Bare Necessities each Sunday from 2-3pm, the sounds of Africa, Latin America and the Tropics will collide. Join Klue, Moody, Vuli and Sam Z as they throw down sub-bass & street party vibes from all corners of the globe.

 

Why are we disbanding FBi Click?

Digital radio listening is increasing rapidly, and you’ve told us you want to hear FBi 94.5 on digital.

By late 2016, almost 23% of 10-17 year olds and 17.5% of 18-24 year olds were listening to DAB+. In 2009, that figure was 2.3% and 1.1%.

In our recent listener survey, we asked if you would listen to FBi 94.5FM if it was on digital radio. 27% of respondents replied ‘regularly’ and 11% said ‘all the time’.

When we launched FBi Click, we saw a great opportunity to take a risk and try out something different with this new DAB+ thing. It’s been a wild ride. Over the past three years, FBi Click has introduced us to some wonderful people and sounds. It’s cemented the important place that dance music has always had and will always have on FBi Radio.

But we have a significant and growing audience who want to hear 94.5 on digital radio. We’ve cultivated a unique audience for FBi Click, but we need to have our main offering on DAB+.

Supporting a vibrant community for dance music in Sydney remains as important to us as ever.

That’s why we’re taking your favourite programs from FBi Click and finding them homes on FBi 94.5fm, giving you the best of both worlds in one station, and helping these collectives reach an even wider audience.

 

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