Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

Me and Fraser Coast Community FM Radio

                                                                                                                         Fraser Coast FM 107.5

 A Station History From The Memories Of Dave Grainger

                                                                                                                                                                    

The idea for a community radio or TV station was being bandied around in the late eighties by the likes of Henry Gay and other local personalities of the time.Eventually, someone placed an advertisement in the paper seeking expressions of interest to form a community radio station. I think it was Rob Bilson (from BBQ’s Galore), or Henry Gay who placed the ad and that resulted in the inaugural meeting which occured at the Neighbourhood Centre in mid 1991. From memory, Rob Bilson, Henry Gay, Janette Reakes and myself in attendance.  There may have been one or two others but I don’t remember who they could be.I believe a few experimental transmissions were made before we gained a licence to test broadcast in August 1992.  Those test transmissions occurred from a tiny section of an old building on the corner of Nissan St and Boat Harbour Drive (now Fraser Shores) with very basic equipment which was either on loan, donated or acquired by means we won’t mention.  Weekend radio was born and (from memory) the late Hedley Hollingsworth, Mr Tudman, Graeme Ellis, Henry Gay, Kiley West and yours truly started gracing the airwaves under the technical guidance of the late Frank Dowse. The temporary broadcaster became known as Fraser Coast Community Radio and shortly thereafter became an incorporated body  The station continued to grow in stature and many well known local personalities found themselves involved in one way or another. It was the pending development of Fraser Shores however that saw a hiccup in the system and the station became homeless for the first time. Thankfully Torbay came to the rescue with a temporary home and then, to give us a more permanent feeling, Mayor Fred K. suggested that we share a building with them, still in Torbay and directly opposite Council Chambers.Weekend test transmissions continued until December 1997 when the ABA granted a full time temporary licence.  The station’s full licence was finally granted in September 1999.Haunted by the lack of a permanent home the station had two more temporary addresses.  The latter became extremely temporary being destroyed by fire and leaving the station without a home and off the air for over a year until the council came to the rescue by providing  our current site at 30 Halcro Street. Fraser Coast FM 107.5 has always prided itself in the belief that the station is a valuable part of the community.  Run totally by volunteers, it strives to provide ongoing entertainment whilst, at the same time, give support to all community groups and events, local and Australian talent, as well as offer a live source of information on day to day happenings within the region.  The station’s standing within the community was very evident by the tremendous support provided by the people of the Fraser Coast who rallied to help put Fraser Coast FM 107.5 back on air after the loss of everything in a devastating fire.Over time Fraser Coast FM 107.5 has become an integral part of our community with a volunteer base of dedicated members determined to provide a valuable and needed service within the bounds of the Fraser Coast.

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February 18, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

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