Southern FM celebrates 30 years on the air – November 2020

Just over 30 years ago, a group of enthusiastic people put together a proposal to establish a community radio station to serve the southern and bayside suburbs of Melbourne.
That dream turned into reality when Southern Community Broadcasters was granted a licence to broadcast on the FM band.
In November 2020, Southern FM celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Over the years, hundreds of eager volunteers have joined the station in a range of roles ranging from presenting to technical, administration to production and everything in between.
We’ve had fundraisers including concerts, talent quests, trivia nights and many more.
There have been open days and community barbecues and many outside broadcasts from community events.
Countless sports fans have tuned to Southern FM for live commentary of SECA, SNFL and VFL matches and that’s a tradition that will continue into the next 30 years and beyond.
If you’ve been part of Southern FM over the journey, thank you for your contribution to our community radio station.
If you have archival material including photos, newspaper clippings or audio recordings please email:

Graeme Johnstone’s 30th Anniversary Poem for 88.3 Southern FM

Friday Magazine host Graeme Johnstone has penned a special poem to mark the 30th Anniversary of 88.3 Southern FM. It’s featured on this podcast.

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Ride the 88.3 Time Machine

Take a nostalgic journey on the Southern FM time machine to December 1994 and the final of the Southern Talent Quest hosted by the late, great Bob Horsfall. As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations we pay tribute to Bob and the hundreds of other volunteer presenters who’ve been part of Southern FM over the past three decades.  The special

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Celebrating 30 years – Meet our presenters

Southern FM has had hundreds of presenters over the past three decades and here are some of our current program hosts, interviewed during a recent Southern FM Open Day at our Brighton studios. Episode 1/8 – Andrew Rennie Episode 2/8 – Bruce Mitchell Episode 3/8 – Mario Rodriguez Episode 4/8 – Mark Missen Episode 5/8 – Mark Seymour Episode 6/8

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Graeme Johnstone – Friday Magazine

As 88.3 Southern FM celebrates its 30th year of broadcasting, some of our presenters have recorded their memories of their community radio journey. This series features Graeme Johnstone from Friday Magazine (9 AM to 11 AM Fridays). For more information about Friday Magazine and to listen to the latest show, you can click here or visit Episode 1/7 Episode 2/7 Episode

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