ABC Classic

ABC Classic is a classical music radio station available in Australia and internationally. Its website features classical music news, features and listening guides. It is operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

ABC Classic
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Broadcast areaAustralia: FM, DAB (where available) & internet
Worldwide: Internet radio
SloganLife's better with music
FrequencyVarious
First air date24 January 1976
FormatClassical music
Language(s)English
ERP100 kW
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stationsABC Classic 2
WebcastLive stream
Websiteabc.net.au/classic

History

ABC Classic was established in 1976 as "ABC-FM", and later for a short time was known as "ABC Fine Music" (a play on the letters FM). It became known as ABC Classic FM in 1994, before adopting its current name in January 2019. It was the ABC's first experiment in FM broadcasting – which had become a necessity in Australia as broadcasters ran out of AM frequencies on which to transmit.[1] ABC Classic FM was inspired partly by the example of BBC Radio 3.

ABC Classic FM's studios were established at the ABC studios in Collinswood, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. The ABC's decision to establish ABC Classic FM in Adelaide was significant because most of the ABC's radio and television national program origination infrastructure is located in Sydney.

Programming

Music

ABC Classic broadcasts classical music, operas, recitals and live concerts.

Concerts

Live music is a major feature of ABC Classic schedule. Concerts are broadcast from around Australia and Internationally, via the European Broadcasting Union.[2]

Classic 100 Countdowns

Since 2001, ABC Classic FM has organised a number of Classic 100 Countdown surveys.[3] The results of each survey are decided by votes cast by the listeners of the radio station. The works are broadcast in reverse order of popularity over three days. The countdown culminates in the broadcast of a live concert featuring the most popular pieces and finishes with the number one listener choice. A feature of the countdown is that each piece is kept secret until just before its broadcast (including the pieces featured in the final concert).

Australian music month

Each November on ABC Classic is Australian music month, where Australian artists are heavily promoted. This includes more Australian composition broadcast every day; some free, limited-entry concerts around the country; all-Australian albums of the week; and lots of live Australian concerts.

New Music

ABC Classic has long featured contemporary music from Australia and internationally, in part through its specialty programs New Music Australia and New Music Up Late, through its long-standing ties to the European Broadcasting Union, its ongoing podcasts and many live or studio recordings.

News

New bulletins

In common with all ABC Radio stations (other than Triple J, which operates its own service), it also carries news bulletins produced by ABC News. On 19 December 2005, in line with the policy applied at every ABC Radio network (except Triple J and Radio Australia), these news bulletins became state-based rather than national.

Sister stations

ABC Classic 2

ABC Classic 2, a music-only talk-free streaming station, was established in June 2014. It broadcasts only via an online stream and is available on the ABC's Android and iOS apps. Classic 2 specialises in streaming popular styles of classical music. The music on Classic 2 is performed exclusively by leading Australian orchestras, ensembles and soloists. No opera or vocal works are included in the playlist. During daytime and evenings Classic 2 typically broadcasts short excerpts from the classical repertoire, for example single movements from full symphonies. Between midnight and 06:00, longer works are included. ABC Classic 2 is managed and programmed by the ABC Classic FM team.

Rebrand

On 24 November 2018, the ABC announced that ABC Classic FM would undergo a major rebrand in 2019, and change its name to ABC Classic.[4]

Limelight magazine

The monthly arts magazine Limelight was, under its former name ABC Radio 24 Hours (1976–2003), originally owned and published by the ABC. It is now independently owned and published, but continues a strong, albeit unofficial, affiliation with the ABC and with ABC Classic in particular.

See also

References

  1. ^ ""Our Favourites" Celebrating 30 years of ABC Classic FM" (PDF). buywell.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/classic/about/
  3. ^ "About Classic 100". ABC Classic FM. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  4. ^ Zanda Wilson (24 October 2018). "ABC Classic FM rebrands as 'ABC Classic' with new events and lineup changes". Radio Today. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

External links

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Phillip Sametz was born in Sydney. Following his first broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 2MBS-FM in the 1980s, he appeared on all the major ABC radio networks, writing and presenting feature programs, documentaries and interval features on ABC Classic FM, and as a regular guest on the afternoon show on ABC 702 Sydney, on the evening show on ABC 774 Melbourne, and on Radio National's The Music Show. Sametz was the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Communications Manager from 2004 until 2013, and presented Classic Breakfast on ABC Classic FM each weekday during 2016-2017. He is also Director and vocalist of Sydney-based swing band the Mell-O-Tones, who perform regularly at the Hayden Orpheum Cinemas in Cremorne, Sydney.

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