ACE Radio Network revives 3MP with easy listening format

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3MP is back in Victoria, with new owners ACE Radio Network reviving the station in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

The station will re-launch at 6pm tonight (Friday, July 3) on the 1377 AM frequency, with ACE declaring that it will concentrate on the Mornington Peninsula, the heartland of the station’s broadcast area.

3MP will have an “Easy Music” format, and the station will also be available on DAB+ all across Melbourne, as well as on iHeartRadio and CRA’s RadioApp.

ACE Radio Network acquired the license from SEN, who previously ran horse racing station SEN Track on the frequency. It now moves to 1593AM.

“Our staff have been working day and night to get the station ready and we are proud of the product they have created,” said ACE Radio CEO Mark Taylor.

“I have been listening to the test program for a week and can’t turn it off!”

3MP first launched in 1976 with the ‘MP’ call sign standing for Mornington Peninsula.

ACE Radio’s Emily Canning will be the first announcer, kicking things off at 6pm tonight and leading into the first weekend of broadcasting.

From next Monday, John Vertigan and Julie Strini will host The Easy Breakfast. The full new 3MP Weekday Lineup is as follows:

  • 5.30 am – 9 am – The Easy Breakfast with Jon and Julie
  • 9 am – 3 pm – Emily Canning
  • 3 pm – 9 pm – Cathy Jubb
  • 9 pm – 1 am – Dave Drinkell
  • 1 am – 5.30 am – Easy music overnight

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Neil Dee
6 Jul 2020 - 5:36 pm

Is that the same John Vertigan who was on double and triple Jay all those years ago?

8 Jul 2020 - 8:46 pm

No u are thinking of Jon Vidler. Verto is his own legend.

adrian moring
10 Jul 2020 - 8:49 pm

about time ,
my favorite radio station is back ,the previous format was ridicoulos.
thanks ace radio for the old 3mp.

Kevin Hoy
11 Jul 2020 - 5:42 pm

This announcer is Jon Vertigan. His father John was the announcer on 3UZ years back

Wayne Browne
20 Jul 2020 - 11:03 pm

Great to see ACE Radio Return 3MP. I was the send GM of the Station after Ray Bean.
ABS & Gary Rice appointed me after their acquisition of the Station.
Great music format.
Wayne Browne

Elaine Barclay
22 Jul 2020 - 10:29 am

Glad to be able to listen to some decent music again.

Marie Snow
29 Jul 2020 - 12:18 pm

Thank God you are back 3MP. Missed you terribly, almost gave up on Radio all together. Really missed your great Music and am joyed you have kept the same format. Wish you all the best in the future.

Bob Clothier
30 Jul 2020 - 2:52 pm

Thank you Ace Radio. My favourite 3MP back with the music format that I love.


Valda Discipio
2 Aug 2020 - 1:18 pm

Thank you, thank you for coming back, no other station compares! Loved you before, and loving you even more now, didn’t realise how much I missed this station. Such a blessing especially in these times of lockdown. Thank you.

Annette Moore
6 Aug 2020 - 6:23 pm

Used to listen to 3mp when we lived in Gippsland with Dennis Walters some 20 years ago. Just picked you up on my Google Home here in Bundaberg, Queensland. GREAT. Keep up the good work. I

18 Aug 2020 - 4:06 pm

Which Karen launched 3MP?

Alex Angelico
12 Sep 2020 - 6:43 pm

Great to hear 3MP going again. Living in Sth Frankston i remember when it started in the 70’s Still sounds and feels the same as i remember back then. I still remember the 3MP Ford Bathurst Falcons with the radio station logo across the the back of the cars.

Good luck 3MP

Bill. B
18 Sep 2020 - 3:48 pm

So good to have some really decent music back on the radio, even the ads are pleasant to listen to and not the ear shattering noise of many these days. Keep up the good work.

paul G
11 Feb 2021 - 10:43 am

Have now turned my radio back on,after many years of having it turned off. great to have real music again.

Dave Barnett
17 Feb 2021 - 9:51 pm

After spending 18 years on air at MP, it’s lovely to see it’s back to where it was… concentrating on the peninsula, and the way it should be. Sadly a succession of management and owners that never really took the time to understand the roots, ethos and culture of a once great radio station, dragged it down over the last 30 years. Good luck to Ace and all

3 Mar 2021 - 8:12 am

I really enjoy the format and music on 3MP.
But the news each half hour is really aweful.
Apart from coronavirus update it’s always about murders, stabbings, rape. Very little about much else happening in Australia or worldwide. I now turn off the station when the news comes on.
Sadly it overpowers the great music you play.


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