A story from yesterday's The Australian is saying that regional radio operators have welcomed the confirmation of spectrum being released for the introduction of digital radio in rural regions. The article also mentions that a number of regional radio operators, particularly in 'quasi-metropolitan' radio markets such as Gold Coast & Wollongong, already have digital facilities but has no timeframe for their use.
What it means is that some stations have digital desks, the whole transmission path, even a digital STL but then into an analogue transmitter for AM/FM.
I'm proposing that these following major regions in NSW would have these following digital stations:
Central Coast - Koffee (DMG)
Newcastle - Radar Radio (Austereo), Gorilla (BOG), Zoo Super Digi (BOG)
Wollongong - MyIllawarra Digital (based on MyPerth & MyCanberra Digital - Grant Broadcasters), and/or Hot Country (Grant Broadcasters)
I question why these stations would waste money on programming to fragment markets that endure so much overlap as it is. Would be simple to get cheap deals from cap city operators with existing digital stations.