NSW's RAW FM has unveiled plans to expand their burgeoning dance music station to Newcastle, having already operated stations in Canberra, Central Coast, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Coffs Harbour and more since first launching in 1999.
The station will operate at 88.0 FM in Newcastle and aims to bring a fresh mix of electronica and dance to the airwaves, with shows from both local and international DJs on weeknights and weekends.
CEO Ange Nacson said, "Pretty much from the moment we started test broadcasts earlier in the year the response from listeners was really exciting. Although we’re a narrowcast network and don’t have 100% full coverage of the area, clearly there's a strong appetite for dance music in Newcastle.
"We couldn't be happier to be bringing the station to the area, offering something different and growing with the audience. "
The station's content director Chris Fraser says RAW FM also prides themselves on nurturing up-and-coming talent — "We were actually the first to play Peking Duk after they sent us early demos in Canberra, so I'm really looking forward to uncovering some fresh Newcastle talent and giving it an outlet on the station and more broadly across the network."
The expansion sets up RAW FM with a 30% foot print in NSW, with their sights now focused on a new iPhone and Android app as well as a new compilation release next year.
The official launch of the event will take place on Saturday, 14 November on King Street with a bunch of local DJs at the helm.