Perth music banned from Queensland radio station ahead of netball grand final
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Perth music banned from Queensland radio station ahead of netball grand final

The knives are out, with a Queensland radio station banning all Perth artists from its airwaves in the lead-up to the Suncorp Super Netball grand final between West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Hot91 Sunshine Coast FM made the extraordinary decision due to their position as official radio sponsor of the Lightning, who will take on the Fever at Perth Arena on Sunday.

According to program director Ronnie Stanton, the decision means no INXS, Baby Animals, Jebediah, Cassie Davies, Birds of Tokyo and Eskimo Joe.

Station manager David Graham said the move was intended to be a show of support for their Lightning radio partner.

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"We decided that this was a great course of action to show Hot91’s full support of the Lightning’s bid to go back to back in this Sunday’s grand final," he said.

"We’ve been a key sponsor of the Lightning from before last season started, so we’re very excited they’re in with a chance to win the final again.

"This expression of support to our team in some way represents the entire region’s passion for the girls and their hope for another victory.

"Win, lose or draw, we’ll be pumping out the likes of INXS and Eskimo’s Joe to our listeners from Sunday night after the game.

"And for the record, we actually love Perth, we just can’t be friends right now."

Fever veteran Nat Medhurst took to Twitter to respond to the decision.

The move comes after tickets to the match sold out in record time, with the general public struggling to pick up tickets just half an hour after they went on sale on Tuesday morning.

Hannah Barry is a Fairfax Media journalist based in Western Australia, focused on breaking news.