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Local radio station Bay FM 99.9 is seeking your support during their yearly radiothon, which runs until November 30. 

The station’s Matt Towner says, ‘Even though we’re mostly volunteer-run, we need around $400,000 a year to stay on air’.

DJ Beaver, Matt Towner and Uncle Fernando with Laine Towner. Photo Jeff ‘A Thon’ Since 1986

‘Radiothon means we spend an intense ten days actively encouraging listeners to subscribe. After that we promise to leave you alone… for a bit!

‘We know that some people just need a little extra incentive. That’s why we offer subscribers the chance to win prizes during radiothon’.

Prizes on offer

Some of the prizes on offer this year include a True Wheels Cycles bike, valued at $1,299; a Santos Organics $1200 store voucher; a Balloon Aloft VIP flight for two, with photography and breakfast, valued at $1,000; and a Munro surfboard mid-malibu, valued at $1,000.

Mr Towner says the costs with running the station include licence fees, rent, insurances, electricity, and ‘all that real world stuff that every business has to cover’.

‘This year we need more help than ever – like everyone else, COVID-19 has knocked us around, and things are extremely tough’.

Full subscription is $70 a year, and concessions/youth subs are $50 a year.

‘For a full sub, that’s less than 20 cents a day, says Mr Towner.

‘That’s around the cost of just one coffee a month!

‘When you compare to other entertainment options, such as Spotify and Netflix, we’re really offering pretty good value’.

Subscribe online at www.bayfm.org or phone 6680 7999.

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