I loved listening to Kyle and Jackie O but in the past couple of years I think 96.1 has got a lot better!! They play good music and don't have too many ads. But now Kyle and Jackie O have moved to KISS FM I have kind of switched over to them there. Mix is good because they do play a mix it's not the same 10 current hits played over and over again like the other channels.
Hands down 702 ABC Sydney. In the morning I cannot bear people shouting at me etc and love the programming on ABC. The music is pretty eclectic and they discuss topics that are actually interesting. This week for example they spoke about a new species of whale and the Macquarie Dictionary word of the year. In the evenings they have regular guests in the fields of astronomy, meteorology, the sciences and arts as well as a late night quiz.
I think it depends what you are looking for. If I am after a bit of car karaoke I tend to listen to 106.5 FM and 104.1 FM because they play a good mix of old and new songs. But if it is new information you want, 702 ABC Sydney is the place. I particularly enjoy the segments Background briefing and Conversations with Richard Fidler (You can also get these as a free podcast).
For me, I like listening to a mix of old songs and new ones, and also a mix of genres. So KIIS 106.5FM is usually my favourite station. But when the chatter gets to much, I switch to Smooth 95.3 for some more chilled-out music.
fbi 94.5FM is an independent, locally run Sydney radio station that plays a fantastic range of new and old local and international stuff. They're not commercial, and run off donations from beloved listeners. They run lots of great shows and are always the first to discover rad Sydney bands. They even have their own awards ceremony - the SMAC (Sydney Music Art and Culture) Awards yearly! And the guys who work there are all absolutely wonderful.
I'm not in the target age range for the audience, but I actually really enjoy SmoothFM. It's nice to have a range of music that isn't the same as what every other station is playing, and they don't go too heavy on the talking.
2UE at breakfast with John Stanley and Garry Linnell - always entertaining and informative - and the involvement of their audience adds to the whole thing p- particularly with The Whisper. Then there's Paul and George on weekends who are always entertaining and informative