7HOFM in Tasmania is Hobart’s oldest commercial radio station - it celebrated its 90th birthday last year!
You might think the “HO” in the call sign comes from the station being located in Hobart. But it’s actually taken from the first two letters in the surname of the brilliant 20-year-old engineer who designed and built the station - Ron Hope.
Things obviously looked and sounded very different back in 1930 when 7HOFM first went to air, but one thing's still constant - 7HOFM is 100% Hobart and proud of it.
7HOFM is 100% invested in its community and year after year has sponsored local charities, sporting clubs and community groups including the Hobart Chargers basketball team, Carlton Park Surf Lifesaving Club, Hobart City Mission, Hobart Regatta, Brighton Show, Relay for Life, Ride for Eddie, Myer Christmas Parade and Carols for Kids.
The year-long Random Acts of Kia-ness promotion also recognised and rewarded individuals giving back to their community, with a monthly winner given a Kia to drive for that month to support their community activities, all thanks to Kia Hobart. At the end of the year, an overall winner was given the car to keep, with Hobart local Jordan King the very happy recipient.
And with a commitment to supporting hyper local, 7HOFM has introduced more local and regional news in 2021 and has strengthened its sports coverage, adding The Sideline View alongside its successful Waterboys show.