Nova 100

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Nova 100
Broadcast areaMelbourne, Australia
Frequency100.3 MHz FM
FormatAdult contemporary
OwnerNOVA Entertainment
smoothfm 91.5
First air date
3 December 2001 (2001-12-03)
Call sign meaning
3 – Victoria
MEL – Melbourne
Technical information
ERP56 kW

Nova 100 (call sign: 3MEL) is a commercial radio station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, broadcasting on 100.3 MHz.

The station is owned by NOVA Entertainment along with sister station, smoothfm 91.5.


Nova 100 commenced on the Melbourne airwaves at 7 am Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Monday 3 December 2001, and was the first new commercial radio station in Melbourne for 21 years.[1] Breakfast presenter Kate Langbroek was the first voice heard on the station, with Missy Elliott's song "Get Ur Freak On" being the first song played on the new station.[1]

Hughesy, Kate & Dave was the inaugural breakfast show with Dave Hughes, Kate Langbroek and Dave O'Neil. Dave O'Neil later resigned and moved to Vega 91.5 in July 2006. Both Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek remained with the station until November 2013.

The station is a major player in the Melbourne radio market, initially with its 'Sounds Different' format playing alternative, hip-hop, pop & dance music, with a strong lean toward new releases. In 2010, Nova announced that it would remove their policy of "never more than two ads in a row", increasing the number of commercials broadcast per hour from 12 to 21 during the peak times of breakfast and drive. Since 2010, the station has broadcast an Adult Contemporary format, in competition with the Australian Radio Network-owned KIIS 101.1.

In December 2013, Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little replaced Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek with their new show Meshel & Tommy. In November 2015, Nova announced that Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown will host breakfast in 2016 after Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little announced their resignation from the station. Chrissie, Sam & Browny commenced in January 2016, with Meshel currently hosts the breakfast show Matt & Meshel on KIIS 101.1 along with Matt Tilley.[2]

In December 2016, Nova announced that it will network Greg Burns and Dan Cassin from Nova 96.9 as opposed to local announcers.[3]

Despite having yet to achieve a #1 overall rating for the station in the GfK ratings, Nova 100 continues to hold the #1 position for the women in the 45–54 age demographic and has the #4 drive show with Kate, Tim & Marty around Australia.

In April 2019, Nova overhauled its daytime schedule announcing that Matt Tilley would join the station.[4] Tilley remained with the station until November.[5]

On 21 October 2022, it was announced that Chrissie, Sam & Browny will end after seven years with the final show being on 2 December.[6] Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton and Belle Jackson will host Ben, Liam & Belle from 5 December 2022.[7]

In January 2023, Nova 100 re-located from studios at 678 Victoria Street, Richmond (with sister station smoothfm 91.5) to 257 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Southern Cross Austereo's Fox FM and Triple M previously occupied the studios.

In February 2024, Nova Entertainment announced that Jase & Lauren will host Nova 100’s new Melbourne breakfast show, replacing Ben, Liam & Belle who will move to a national drive show across the Nova Network.[8][9]


Nova 100 operates on the 100.3 MHz FM frequency from the TXA Observatory Rd tower on Mount Dandenong. The transmitter is a Broadcast Electronics FM 10S with an FXi digital exciter. Its transmitter power is 9.5KW which gives a 56 kw ERP.[citation needed]


  • Jase & Lauren, 6:00am–9:00am
  • Mel Tracina, 9:00am–2:00pm
  • The Chrissie Swan Show, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Ricki-Lee, Tim & Joel, 4:00pm–6:00pm
  • Ben, Liam & Belle, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Smallzy's Surgery, 8:00pm–10:00pm
  • Late Nights with Aaron Rich, 10:00pm–12:00am
  • Nova Nation, 6:00pm–12:00am (Saturday) & 10:00pm-12:00am (Friday)
  • Jase & Lauren around Australia, 6:00am–10:00am (Sunday)
  • The Maddy Rowe Aus Music Show, 6:00pm–7:00pm (Sunday)
  • Confidential on Nova with J.Mo and Tanya Hennessy, 7:00pm–8:00pm (Sunday)


  • Clint Stanaway (Breakfast)
  • Michelle Stephenson (National News Manager)


  1. ^ a b Carbone, Suzanne (4 December 2001). "After a long wait, a Nova statement on the FM band". The Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Matt & Meshel". KIIS 101.1 - A New Station For Melbourne. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Nova 100 Shake-Up". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Mediaweek (12 April 2019). "Nova shakes up daytime radio as Matt Tilley joins in Melbourne". Mediaweek. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "SCOOP: Matt Tilley departs Nova 100 after seven months on-air". Radio Today. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ Geraets, Nell (20 October 2022). "Nova's Chrissie, Sam & Browny hanging up the mic after seven years". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 October 2022.
  7. ^ Kelly, Vivienne (27 October 2022). "'Ben, Liam and Belle': Nova 100 Announces New Breakfast Show". Variety Australia. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  8. ^ McNamara, Lauren (8 February 2024). "Jase and Lauren announce new home after KIIS dumping". Mumbrella. Retrieved 9 February 2024.
  9. ^ Mediaweek (8 February 2024). "Jase & Lauren jump ship to Nova, taking Ben, Liam & Belle's brekkie slot". Mediaweek. Retrieved 9 February 2024.

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