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Community radio Bay FM celebrates 25 years

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Bay FM is turning 25! To celebrate the anniversary of the first test transmission on April 1, a fundraising ‘Watts Up’ campaign will run until until Friday April 17.

The Bay FM crew are hoping to raise $25,000 to buy new broadcast equipment at the Saint Helena tower.

Office manager Nicky Fisher says, ‘Community broadcasting is a vital part of the Australian media landscape. 15,000 listeners tune into Bay FM every day with a peak audience during breakfast, morning and afternoon drive time.

‘Listeners can choose from a diverse range of programs from local issues to arts and culture, from indigenous to Spanish shows, blues and roots to alternative rock music.’

A special anniversary broadcast will air from 9am to 11am on Wednesday April 1.

Longtime presenters Nyck Jeanes and Brett Diemar will interview Bay FM founding members Gayle Cue and Nancy Jo Falcone, who were involved in the pioneering days of getting a community radio station on air.

Surfing legend Rusty Miller and other local identities will be in the studio to share in the celebrations.

Everyone can get involved with Bay FM’s 25 years on air celebration and share stories about Bay FM’s test broadcast by calling the station on 02 6680 7999 or posting at www.facebook.com/99.9BayFM

Watts Up! Bay FM volunteers Rudiger Wasser and Nicky Fisher at the Saint Helena transmitter. They are reaching for a tower of support from community to help fund new broadcast equipment to keep Bay FM on air for another 25 years. Photo Sharon Shostak
Watts Up! Bay FM volunteers Rudiger Wasser and Nicky Fisher at the Saint Helena transmitter. They are reaching for a tower of support from community to help fund new broadcast equipment to keep Bay FM on air for another 25 years. Photo Sharon Shostak


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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is great thanks Echo. 25 years of your support for our Community Radio. Respect.
    Oliver McElligott (President BayFM)

  2. Sharon Shostak has captured the essence of Bay FM in this informative and entertaining short film. Bay FM is an icon of the Shire and Beyond, very much like the highly respected Echo

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