ARN launches new “industry-leading” Brisbane studios
The new 97.3FM and 4KQ headquarters was officially launched on Thursday (June 20), with an exclusive party attended by 120 guests.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was on hand to formally open the studios, while local muso Steven Childs entertained guests with a live performance.
The new studios are based in the Kings Row precinct within inner Brisbane suburb of Milto, with ARN having relocated 70 staff from previous home at Stones Corner in May.
They include an Australian industry first of Dante digital audio integrated with Broadcast Livewire.
In addition, ARN is also the first commercial radio network in the country to integrate new Axia Audio Over Internet Protocol (AOIP) technology across all of its on-air and production radio systems.
“ARN is dedicated to delivering its Brisbane audiences industry-leading audio experiences through our broadcast radio and on-demand content,” said HT&E CEO and managing director Ciaran Davis.
“We are proud to celebrate this milestone for 97.3FM and 4KQ in particular, and it’s been an honour to have the support of the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to help launch our new Brisbane studios.
“ARN is focussed on being the leader in audio in Australia, and a critical driver for us with the move of the Brisbane office was to develop contemporary, technologically-advanced broadcast studios that deliver a premium listening and entertainment experience for our audiences.”
On-air talent in attendance included 97.3FM breakfast’s Bianca Dye, Mike Van Acker and Bob Gallagher, 4KQ breakfast hosts Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine, 4KQ breakfast newsreader Jo Hayes, 97.3FM breakfast newsreader Monique Dews, 97.3FM afternoons presenter Daniel Tomas.
ARN executives included HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis, ARN national content director Duncan Campbell, ARN chief commercial officer Pete Whitehead, ARN chief operating officer Michael Harvey, ARN national people & culture director Marissa Daras, and 97.3FM and 4KQ content director, Barry Drinkwater.
“We are the first commercial radio network in the country to integrate the cutting-edge new AOIP technology across all on-air and production radio systems – which allows flexibility, ease and productivity for our producers – who can now focus more of their time on developing the best quality, engaging content for our listeners,” said Davis.
“These new capabilities will also ensure our audiences enjoy even more visual content across our digital and social networks. It was important to us to build studios that demonstrate the strength of 97.3FM and 4KQ’s connection with our Brisbane audiences and offers a range of entertainment options on site for our clients, guests and listeners.
“Everything from the Queensland-inspired design elements, to the panoramic views we now have to showcase the best of Brisbane to our guests, to the fact our staff are now literally looking out upon our listeners from the central new CBD location – reflects how embedded 97.3FM and 4KQ are in Brisbane’s culture.”
Building 4, Level 3, 40 McDougall Street, Milton.