To ABC Melbourne
CC to Australia Traffic Network.
I really wish the ATN traffic reporters for ABC Melbourne would not describe when a motorcyclist falls off their bike or is knocked off by a motor vehicle, as ‘a motorcyclist is down on the inbound lane...’. It sounds disrespectful towards someone who may be injured or dead, as if they were a pin knocked down by a bowling ball.
I really wish I had remembered to take this on our recent road trip holiday. It would have saved much scanning for ABC radio stations. A few days into our holiday I made a check online for some frequency details and wrote them down. To my surprise, Canberra does not have digital radio, so my digital radio was useless as soon as we left Melbourne, except for FM which it also receives. The car of course can get AM and FM, so we listened to a mix of local regional radio on AM and FM, News Radio and Radio National. Thank god at home we have ABC Melbourne as most of the ABC local regional radio stations were pretty ordinary, including Canberra. This list is quite old and may be out of date, but I think it would have been helpful.
What is not helpful is that Melbourne no longer has an ABC Shop after the GPO cleared its tenants out. We have to make do with an area within a commercial bookshop. I hope there are plans to re-open elsewhere.
I forget where I heard the broadcast but Ian Mannix, who I seem to recall was once boss of ABC Melbourne and now heads ABC Emergency, spoke about the effort that has gone into ABC Emergency. The ABC is Australia's prime source of information during disasters. He was very impressive and so much work, thought and studies have gone into planning for emergency broadcasting. ABC has its own emergency website, http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/ . I think the ABC costs each person about 11 cents per day now. By golly, we get good value for that. For three times the population, the BBC costs ten times as much.