104.1 Rock FM

Rockingham's Interactive Radio Station

ABOUT 104.1 ROCK FM

104.1 Rock FM is your interactive radio station. We're based in Port Kennedy, a southern suburb of Rockingham, Western Australia. Our programming is primarily music based, playing the hits of the '80s, '90s, '00s & now. Our nights shows target the younger 16-25 demographic.

We also believe in the local community. We support local people, local music and local events.

We are Rockingham's truly local radio station, and we plan to keep it that way!

Spread the word around town - 104.1 Rock FM plays Rockingham's Best Music!

Facts About Us

Timeline

FAQ's

FACTS ABOUT US

  • 104.1 Rock FM commenced broadcasting on Monday December 24th, 2001 at 7.30pm.
  • The first show launched at 7.31pm was the Top 20 Countdown.
  • The first song played by Rock FM was 'Hey Baby' by No Doubt.
  • Rock FM originally broadcast from 6pm-10pm Weeknights until early 2002.
  • Rock FM has broadcast on different frequencies throughout its time. The first frequency was 101.9, then 91.9, and finally 104.1.
  • Rock FM broadcast in East Waikiki from December 2001 to June 2006.
  • Rock FM has broadcast from new studios in Port Kennedy from June 2006 to Present.
  • Rock FM joined MySpace and Windows Live in 2006. 
  • Rock FM has had 10 announcers since 2001.
  • Rock FM commenced online broadcasting after tests in April 2008.

STATION TIMELINE

  • 2001
  • 24th Dec, 2001 - Rock FM commences broadcasting as 'the all new 101.9'
  • Transmitting on 101.9 FM.
  • Broadcast 4 hours a day during the summer months of 2001/2002.
  • The station only transmits in mono sound.

  • 2002
  • New shows launched - Music played on CD's and cassettes.
  • Radio Station moved from Matthew Layton's bedroom to a purpose-equipped studio
  • Adopts the moniker 'Rock FM' in September, 2002.
  • Changes frequency to 91.9 FM, due to interference with 101.7 FM.
  • Rock FM commences the '91 Days of Summer', promoting summer events around Rockingham, including the Spring Festival, New Year's Celebrations, Australia Day and Mussel Fest.
  • The station commences 24 hour broadcasting in December, 2002.

  • 2003
  • New announcers and shows commence.
  • Rock FM launches a new breakfast show, 'Mornings with Matt', from 6-7.30am.
  • Studio moves again to another purpose-equipped location, closer to the transmitter.
  • Cassettes and cartridges continue as primary music/recording source.
  • Upgrade of equipment.
  • Rock FM launches its website.

  • 2004
  • Cassettes and cartridges no longer in use.
  • CDs now used as primary music/recording source.
  • Rock FM commences news updates.
  • Station changes demographic, from young males to young females.

  • 2005
  • Rock FM updates equipment again, allowing stereo broadcasting for the first time.
  • New equipment - microphones and control panel
  • Rock FM supports applications for a local radio station at Safety Bay Senior High School, run by Matthew Layton.
  • Rock FM broadcasts the final '91 Days of Summer' promotion.

  • 2006
  • Station moves to Port Kennedy in June. Final Broadcast in Waikiki on May 30th.
  • Changes frequency to 104.1 FM.
  • New studio - The station is now run using computers, becoming 100% digital!
  • Station starts MSN and MySpace services.

  • 2007
  • Rock FM launches the Phat30 Countdown - high ratings!
  • The Phat30 was the precursor to Rockingham's Most Wanted.
  • Commences the first 'Top 104' end of year countdown in December.
  • Dance Central launches in August 2007 - the precursor to Club1041

  • 2008
  • Rock FM commences broadcasting online. Transmitter stays on in Port Kennedy, continuing its stereo broadcast on 104.1 FM in Port Kennedy.
  • Rock FM launches Club1041 on Friday and Saturday nights, due to the success of 2007 show Dance Central.
  • Audience reaches peak of 589 online listeners in August 2008 during a Club1041 broadcast.
  • Rockingham's Most Wanted commences in September 2008. The new night time radio show replaced the Phat30. Show averages 200-400 listeners.

  • 2009
  • Online broadcast agreement renewed for 2009
  • Club1041 continues every weekend - strong audience following on the Stickam community.
  • Rock FM supports local band 10 Past 6 - playing music on the air, following gigs etc.
  • First broadcast of Global Dance Session - radio show straight from the UK.

  • 2010
  • Upgrade to radio station equipment.
  • We replace old computer (that we've had since 2001) with a brand new one!
  • New amplifier, new microphone, new headphones, faster playout response.
  • HD sound output - improving our sound quality on FM and live stream.
  • Negotiations commence between 104.1 Rock FM and the City of Rockingham for a community radio initiative.

  • 2011
  • Ten years of community broadcasting in the Rockingham area.
  • Change of online broadcasting partners, from Stickam to Ustream.
  • Daily ratings continue to rise - We're the most popular West Australian radio station on Ustream!
  • We were accepted on TuneIn - an exclusive radio station online directory.

 

FAQ's

How come you're called 'Rock FM', when you play pop and dance as well?

Probably our most common question. 'Rock FM' is short for 'Rockingham FM' - plain and simple! 

We do play rock music, but it's not our main focus. We are a contemporary hit music station, and have been for 10 years.

We were going to be called PK-FM... but we didn't want to sound like chewing gum.

How can I listen to 104.1 Rock FM?

Rock FM broadcasts in the southern Port Kennedy area between the Port Kennedy Business Park to the east, the Golf Course to the west, Grand Ocean Boulevard to the north, and Clipper Drive to the south. Rock FM transmits on 104.1MHz on the FM band. The transmitter is suited to stationary receivers, therefore difficult to receive in cars. 

If you cannot receive 104.1 Rock FM on the radio, you can listen to our online stream on the website. You only need Adobe Flash and a broadband connection to listen to the live stream without faults.

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