Double J is Australia’s newest radio station. The ABC launched Double J in Melbourne today, rebranding the former DIG station to the original Triple J name.
The original 2JJ launched in Sydney on the AM band in 1975 and remained on air at 1575am until 1980 when it converted to FM and went national as Triple J.
Double J was launched at The Kelvin Club in Melbourne with live performances from Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Dempsey and while Myf Warhurst broadcast her first show.
During the show Myf confirmed the Double J line-up. She will host 11am-3pm weekdays.
In launching the new station ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said, “Double J strengthens the ABC’s Digital Radio offering by catering to the demographic between triple j and the other ABC networks. It provides an outlet for contemporary Australian music aimed at the over 30s on air, online and on mobile. We’re thrilled to be able to provide such a unique service and I’m confident that triple j’s management and programming expertise will make it a great success.”
Double J programs
11am-3pm Weekdays: Join Myf Warhurst each weekday for new releases, interviews with artists, great moments from the archives and of course – a music quiz!
8-10pm Mondays: Talented singer-songwriter Emma Swift brings you Revelator, a show dedicated to sourcing bittersweet melodies and lonesome lyrics from folk, alt-country, Americana, roots, rockabilly and folk rock.
8-10pm Tuesdays: Melbourne music fanatic Tim Shiel takes you to a slightly weirder place with Something More. Whether it’s from obscure, established or brand new artists, expect to hear lots of interesting new sounds.
8-10pm Wednesdays: Karen Leng has been an influential broadcaster for nearly 30 years, hosting a long-running show on 3RRR, a triple j host in the 90s and a pivotal role on ABC TV’s Recovery. Covering post rock, punk & pop, ambient and acoustic sounds, she shares her vast music knowledge on The Beat Eclectic.
8-10pm Thursdays: From August we bring back one of triple j’s most popular and revered programs, The J Files, this time with an innovative and digitally collaborative approach to artist specials.
6–8pm Saturdays: Melbourne soul act The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson joins the dots between indie, hip hop, soul and pop, as he presents Sky High to soundtrack your Saturday night.
9am–12pm Saturdays: Champion of Australian music and triple j fave, Caz Tran plays you great new tunes, plus some of the best interviews and live music recordings from the triple j archives.
3–5pm Sundays: Your favourite musicians take over for a month for Artist in Residence. Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) kicks off the series this Sunday, followed by The Cat Empire, Adalita & Kevin Mitchell, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop.