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Radio Review: Mix 106.3

Mix 106.3 were the first station to have a review period, from midday-1pm on Thursday February 22. Here’s what happened:

Advertising: 10 minutes and 58 seconds
News: 4 minutes and 45 seconds

News: Seemed fairly comprehensive and local, would have gotten a four but it lacked any reporters and there were some stories in there which probably shouldn’t have made the news bulletin. It’s a good effort and a three would be too harsh.
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Talk: The talk programming isn’t overly relevant on a music station but it does hold the hour together. Karina appeared to have done her research and she started off well, but a lack of proper song “artist and title” announcements, and the second half of the hour feeling very rushed in terms of talk didn’t help. The first twenty minutes got her a five…pity the hour goes for sixty minutes.
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Music: There was some stuff in there that I thought was absolutely atrocious, but there seemed to be a logical format for most of it, and I could put up with the bad stuff knowing that something good was probably just around the corner.
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Overall: It wasn’t bad, but overall it did feel like an mp3 player working through the playlist. A couple little fumbles from Karina assured me that it was live, but there wasn’t enough room in that hour for Karina to move…perhaps the time she lost on that strange Powerball caller made all the difference, but it sounded rushed and I did feel like tuning out a couple of times. For what it’s worth, the first twenty to thirty minutes were far better than everything else.
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#1 Comment By Bearded Clam On February 26, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

This sounds like the greatest radio station in history. I will listen to nothing but Mix from now on. Thank you, Sam for this report.

Were you paid by Mix for this glowing endorsement?

#2 Comment By Samuel On February 26, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

It was hardly a glowing endorsement Bearded Clam, and seeing as you read and commented on my article about the radio review process, you know that I am reviewing each station in the Canberra Radio Ratings race…and just for the record, none of the stations are paying me for these reviews, and I will not accept payment from them.

It may be worthwhile noting that I recently won $100 in a competition on 2CC, but this has no bearing on the reviews whatsoever.

#3 Comment By Adam 1.0 On February 26, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

Nick Lowe’s 1986 song “I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock And Roll”.

What about Kevin Bloody Wilsons’ “I Knew The Bride When She Used To Be A Moll”?

#4 Comment By Samuel On February 26, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

I have this strange feeling that if they had played “I Knew The Bride When She Used To Be A Moll” they would have been off the air before the end of the review hour, even though it would have been a more enjoyable song.

#5 Comment By Hamesucken On February 26, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

Excellent review Samuel – very thorough.
I’m a bit sad that you didn’t enjoy Icehouse’s “Don’t Believe Anymore”. Joe Camilleri’s saxaphone solo in that song often reduces me tears. That’s okay, everyone has different tastes in shredding woodwind.
Still, that’s probably the most well thought out radio review I’ve ever read. Keep up the good work as Canberra’s radio watchdog!

#6 Comment By David-H-Eastwood On February 26, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

MY comment on Mix 106.3 – Booooooooooooooo ! ! !

#7 Comment By Bearded Clam On February 26, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

You might not have seen it as a glowing report, Sam, but to me it sounds like radio nirvana. Especially “Boogie Shoes”. Heres an interesting fact – I used that song as a soundtrack when I buried my last pet. It was dead, of course.

How did you win your hundred bigboys?

#8 Comment By Samuel On February 27, 2007 @ 12:43 am

I won it on 2CC’s “Cash and Holiday Mania”. I chose Fiji as my destination, $100 was then revealed to associated with it for the day and I decided to take the cash rather than go in the draw for a holiday. If I had picked up the $50 then the decision would have been harder, but I would have gone in the holiday draw if I had picked up the $20 or the $10.

#9 Comment By Craig-Dubious On February 27, 2007 @ 4:24 am

I’m going to be generous and give Mix an overall rating of .001 of 1 star.

#10 Comment By Bearded Clam On February 28, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

I’m going to be generous and give YOU a rating of .0000001 star!

#11 Comment By randombrainwave On March 1, 2007 @ 4:59 pm


#12 Comment By Adam 1.0 On March 1, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

It can’t be any worse than the Melbourne Mix that’s for damned sure.

#13 Comment By Bearded Clam On March 4, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

I give Melbournes mix 00000000001. of a star!