Kicking off at high noon, triple j's rebranded digital offshoot Double J will start broadcasting today. Heralded by central presenter Myf Warhurst, the rebooted ABC Dig will hit play today on the first track to air — excepting a certain NWA track that's been playing nonstop since Monday.
Double J has been on repeat for the last few days, playing the same 'Express Yourself' track in various versions. The stunt, which hit play on Monday, is a throwback to triple j presenters who went on strike in 1989. After a complaint in federal parliament forced LA rap legends NWA's 'F--- Tha Police' off the triple j playlist, disgruntled presenters hit repeat on the 1988 track 'Express Yourself' for 24 hours straight on air. The new station will give 'Express Yourself' a rest at midday when Double J officially begins programming.
So what tunes can we expect to wrap our ears around? Myf Warhurst told triple j's Matt and Alex this morning that the first song on Double J has been chosen very carefully. "There'll be a few tears, I think we've nailed it," she said.
Triple j station director Meagan Loader told FasterLouder, “Our research showed that people wanted a station that played great new music as well as all the classic triple j tunes they’ve grown up with. We’re not just playing old music, it’s something like 70 percent new music.”
"We have wanted to build a station like this for a number of years and now, with your help, we are really proud to deliver Double J," says Triple J manager Chris Scaddan. "While it won’t be a throwback to the music of the original Double J, it will be a station that takes the best elements of triple j’s past - a name, a presenter and the incredible archives, thrown headlong into the future with the best new sounds around."
Double J will be available via the ABC Radio App, online at www.doublej.net.au, or on digital radio/TV from midday.
Published on April 30, 2014 by Shannon Connellan