Community Radio


#1

Discussion of community radio.

Thread on previous forum


Remembering Aspirant Community Radio
#2

Well done to local radio station in Brisbane BAY FM that was live and local last night with listener requests until about 1pm.


#3

So was 101fm Logan.


#4

So in the Brissy area, there are suburban licences for Bayside, Logan, Redclliffe and Caboolture (and Beaudesrt and Boonah, though they’re a bit further out).

I have wondered though, has there ever been a push for the Ipswich area to get one?
It is a bit unusual for an area of that size to have a commercial radio station, but not a community one.


#5

To my knowledge ACMA has never allocated a frequency for an Ipswich community station, however, I agree it is a big anomaly for an area that size to not have one. There is a station at Esk - Valley FM as well as the one at Boonah that you mentioned.


#6

Ah yes, thanks re Esk.

And Wild Horse up at Yarraman, which co-channels with Redcliffe.
I don’t imagine you’ve been able to get 4WHO anywhere in Brissy?


#7

@Radiohead - no, not with Redcliffe at 2kW


#8

ah, thanks TVC!


#9

Former ABC sports broadcaster Glenn Mitchell has joined 6MM based at Mandurah, south west of Perth. He will present Summer Sportsline with Jack Crawshaw.
Nice to hear Glenn has a new job after quitting the ABC a few years ago as he battled mental health problems.


#10

6MM is a commercial station, not a community station.


#11

The University of Adelaide has delayed a decision on the fate of 101.5 Radio Adelaide. The studios of the community broadcaster on 228 North Terrace remain scheduled to be demolished on July 1.

(via radioinfo.com.au)


#12

Following ACMA approval, control of 101.5 Radio Adelaide will transition to a non-profit, independent organisation from July this year, in a move that will see the educational broadcaster co-sited with Fresh 92.7. (via the University of Adelaide)


#13

Excuse the treble post - I’m hearing a lot of people involved with RA aren’t particularly happy about this. From what I can gather, this agreement came between the University and Fresh without consultation of Radio Adelaide or its broadcasters.


#14

What shows on community radio do you like? Here are a few I enjoy:

“InPhase”- 2SWR Blacktown, Sat 1000-1200. Mainly retro music.

“The Open House Mix”- 2SSR Sutherland, Sun 0900-1300. Mainly retro music.

“The Velvet Doghouse”- 2RES Waverley, Sun 1600-1800. A great mix of Americana, soul, oldies.

Unfortunately, the Mechie Show is no longer.


#15

Suppose I can let it out now, not exactly a re-launch, but sometime in the next couple of weeks CoastFM 96.3 Gosford will have all new imaging on air.

I heard them all a few weeks ago, & look out Star104.5 & SCA Gosford. They sound fantastic, very professional (& so they should).
Station manager’s a bit worried about getting complaints about sounding too commercial (not from the commercial stations though, from other community stations).

They were voiced by Bob Peters (currently at NEWFM) & produced by Dan King (Sarah King of 2GO’s brother).


#16

That’s good to hear!

No reason as to why they should. If it’s possible - financially and technologically - to sound “commercial” while still meeting the remits of the community license, then why the hell wouldn’t you?


#17

Is "sounding commercial a good thing though?


#18

Depends what you define “commercial” as.

If it’s trying to make your station sound professional, without resorting to the homogeneity and the “icy cold cans of Coke” mentality, then I see it as a good thing. It varies by market too - it can work for the ‘general’ community station in Gosford, but not a sub-metro station in Sydney. Case study: 104.1 Territory FM in Darwin.

That said, I’d try to create my own sound to stand out. The stalwarts of the sector - the likes of 3RRR and FBi, for example, do this well.


#19

Thanks for the heads up!

Will certainly give Coast more of a listen when the change happens.


#20

Rhema Central Coast is appealing to raise $65,000 to move transmitter sites, claiming the existing site is to be “pulled down”. https://www.facebook.com/rhemacentralcoast/posts/1151817744843000

@RFBurns - do you know more about this? The ACMA database says the current Rhema site is on Mt Penang, alongside Coast, 2GO and the ABCs.