New FM

NEWFM (call sign: 2NEW) is an Australian radio station, licensed to, and serving Newcastle and its surrounding area. It is owned by Bill Caralis's Broadcast Operations Group, and operates at 105.3 megahertz on the FM band from Radio Centre at Sandgate. Great Mt Sugarloaf houses the purpose built transmitter site. Its callsign is 2NEW, the 2 being a standard prefix for stations in New South Wales, and NEW short for Newcastle. Its sister station is 2HD. On 24 May 2005, NEWFM reverted to its original 1989 logo which has since been modernised.

SloganNewcastle's Best Music
Frequency105.3 MHz
First air date21 April 1989 (1989-04-21)
FormatHot Adult Contemporary
Callsign meaning2 NEWcastle
OwnerBroadcast Operations Group
(Newcastle FM Pty Ltd)
Sister stations1143 2HD


NEWFM was the first commercial FM radio station in Newcastle when it commenced broadcasting in April 1989.

In 2008 NEWFM became the Hub of the Super Network FM Stations (NEWFM Network) supplying programming from its Sandgate based studios to stations from the NSW/Victorian border in the south, north to the Sunshine Coast in QLD and West to Broken Hill.

Current Number of Listeners For Survey 2 2018:

Breakfast ( 5:30am-9am): 58,000
Mornings ( 9am-12pm): 45,000
Afternoons ( 12pm-4pm): 51,000
Drive ( 4pm-7pm): 59,000
Evening (7pm-12am): 20,000
Weekend ( Sat-Sun 5:30am-12am): 67,000

Line-up and key staff


Monday - Friday
  • Newcastle's Best Music Overnight (12am to 6am)
  • "The NOVOS - Jade, Matty and Krivo" for Breakfast (6am to 9am)
  • 105 Minutes Commercial Free music marathon
  • Mornings with Jackson (9am - 1pm)
  • Ryan for the Drive Home (1pm to 5pm)
  • Kate, Tim and Marty (5pm to 7pm)
  • The Kyle and Jackie O Show (7pm to 8.30pm)
  • Newcastle's Best Music with Ryan (8.30pm to 9pm)
  • Love Song Dedications (9pm to 12am) Monday to Thursdays with Jordy
  • Friday Night Party Mix (7pm to 12am) (Fridays Only)
  • Newcastle's Best Music Overnight (12am to 9am)
  • Weekend Four Plays (9am to 5pm)
  • Newcastle's Best Music - Various Announcers (12pm to 6pm)
  • Saturday Night Party Mix (6pm to 12am)
  • Newcastle's Best Music Overnight (12am to 9am)
  • Weekend Four Plays (9am to 5pm)
  • Newcastle's Best Music - Various Announcers (12pm to 6:00pm)
  • Newcastle's Best Music at Night (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
  • IHeart Radio Countdown (9:00pm to 12:00am)
  • Newcastle's Best Music (12am to 5:30am)

Key staff

  • Steve St John - General Manager
  • Joel Thomson - Program Director
  • Luke Hetherington - Promotions & Marketing Director / Network Operations
  • Paul West - Sales Manager/ Strategic Development Manager
  • Hamish Finlay - News Director
  • Ross McClymont - Broadcast Engineer
  • Ian Porteous - Technician

The NEWFM Super Network

NEWFM is the hub and program supplier for much of the programming for the FM stations owned by the Broadcast Operations Group. The stations making up the NEWFM Super Network (sister network to the 2SM Super Network) include:

  • HILLFM - Broken Hill
  • 99.3 B-ROCK - Bathurst
  • FM100.3 - Armidale
  • ZOO FM - Dubbo
  • NEW1047 - Grafton
  • ROCCY FM - Young
  • ZZZ FM - Lismore
  • REAL FM - Mudgee
  • TRIPLE G - Gunnedah
  • GEM FM - Inverell
  • The ROK - Parkes
  • MAX FM - Taree
  • 92.9 FM - Tamworth
  • NOW FM - Moree
  • 4AK - Toowoomba/ Darling Downs

See also


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