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    Posted on 7 Mar 2014

    12 Reasons Why You Loved Triple J In The '90s

    It was the decade Helen Razer and three kids called Silverchair ruled the airwaves.

    1. They gave this little whipper-snapper his first job out of high school.

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    Michael Tunn owning that rainbow hoodie.

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    2. We woke up to these two loudmouths every morning and loved it.

    3. Merrick & Rosso were given their big break, with no grudges held when they switched to commercial two years later.

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    In this 1999 interview Merrick Watts said of the station, "Everybody expects Triple J to be cool and laid back and fun, and that's exactly what it's like. It's a big happy place and you don't have somebody running in and saying, 'Right, in 30 seconds you have to do a Coke ad'. Instead they run in and say, 'Right, in 30 seconds, you have to do cocaine'. (Extended pause.) Um, that's a joke."

    4. There was Groove Train conductor Catriona Rowntree before her shiny television days.

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    5. They let us come on air and grieve when Kurt Cobain left this earth ...

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    ... because they loved him just as much as we did.

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    6. Nikki Gemmell and Liz Foschia made us realise we actually cared about the news.

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    7. And all the presenters were giant music geeks.

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    8. For a lot of kids living in the country, the arrival of Triple J to their area meant the first time they had access to alternative music.

    And in those pre-internet days, the only access.

    9. They plucked these talented young Newcastle boys out from obscurity.

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    Following which the band was quickly nabbing spots on the Hottest 100 under their new moniker, "Silverchair".

    10. Back then Hottest 100 covers looked like this.

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    Circa 1993.

    Which come to think of it, isn't that different from now.

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    Circa 2010.

    11. And you didn't actually know who might top the Hottest 100.

    Although chances were the act would be white, male and playing rock.

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    12. But still, it was very often great white, male, rock.

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    YES.

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    MORE.

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    HELL, YES.

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    DEFINITELY, YES.

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    We <3 YOU JJJ!

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