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Radio TAB

City of license Brisbane, Queensland
Broadcast area Brisbane RA1 ([1])
Branding Radio TAB
Frequency 1008 kHz AM
Repeaters various in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, and the Northern Territory
First air date 2 September 1935 (1935-09-02)[1]
Format Horse Racing, Sport
Language(s) English
Power 10,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning 4 = Queensland
Former callsigns 4IP (?-1978)
4IO (1978-1989)
4IP (1989-1992)
Owner TattsGroup
(Broadcasting Station 4IP Pty Ltd)
Website Official website

Radio TAB is operated by TattsGroup, which operates the Totalisator Agency Boards based in Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory. Radio TAB's studios are based at TattsGroup headquarters in Albion, Brisbane.


The station started in 1935, with a callsign of 4IP.

Between 1965 and 1977, 4IP had a most successful hit music format, and was aligned with its well-known Melbourne and Sydney cousins 3XY and 2SM.

When, in the 1980s, FM radio started making inroads into 4IP's popularity it changed its callsign to 4IO and adopted a slogan of Radio Ten, then Stereo Ten and later "Light and Easy 1008".

4TAB commenced 1 January 1992 and the official opening by Mr Bob Gibbs, MLA, Minister for Racing in the Queensland Labour Government was conducted on air at the Albion Studios on 23 January 1992.


Radio TAB's main programming purpose is in presenting the National Racing Service, a continuous broadcast of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. This occurs daily from 9am until the last race of the day. This service is presented by a variety of presenters based at the Brisbane studios.

The station's "Raceday" program is presented from 8am Monday to Friday. The program contains previews of all the thoroughbred race meetings being covered on that particular day. The program also features the latest racing news and interviews with people making news within the racing industry. The program is hosted by Tony Clements, with additional material from Steve Hewlett.

The station's breakfast program, entitled "TattsBet Breakfast" presents listeners with the latest sporting news and results, from a variety of sporting codes and styles. The program is hosted by Queensland sporting commentator and Brisbane Times sports columnist John McCoy.[2] & former Brisbane Bears/Lions player Richard Champion.

A number of other racing programs within the stations program grid includes:-

  • Bush Beat;- a program which wraps up the week in racing in regional centres across its broadcast area.
  • Mobile Rolling;- A daily wrap-up of news from the harness racing scene presented by racecaller Chris Barsby.

When there is no racing programing being aired, the station broadcasts a variety of music from various genres from the 1950s to today. The station does not broadcast between 2am and 5am.


UNITAB Limited


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Real McCoy - Brisbane Times Blogs

External links

  • UNITAB Online
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