Southern FM in the News

From this week’s Moorabbin Leader, with news of our coverage of next week’s Globe to Globe festival.

Kingston radio to play sounds of a global beat


A KINGSTON radio station will bring music from across the globe to its local listeners.

88.3 Southern FM, based in Mentone, will broadcast all the main acts live from the Globe to Globe World Music Festival in Clayton South.

The festival features world music over two stages as well as having a range of dance and craft workshops, cuisine from around the globe, rides and entertainment.

Station production manager Alan Clement said it was the first time they would broadcast from the festival.

“One of our main focuses is on local and live music so any chance we get we try to do an outside broadcast,” he said.

“This one is a bit different and we are really looking forward to it.”

Mr Clement said the station would cover all the music live from the main stage as well as interviewing the artists during the breaks.

The festival will be held on the weekend of January 28-29 from noon at Namatjira Park, Springs Rd, Clayton South.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

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88.3 in the news with Leader Newspapers

Southern FM comes of age

Southern FM celebrates 21 years on air with presenters John Kendall, Simon Imrie and Nigel Carter.

88.3 SOUTHERN FM has the keys to the city.

The Balcombe Rd community radio station turned 21 last weekend.

Station president Mark Missen said the anniversary marked the beginning of full time operations for the volunteer-run station.

“Before that there were nine years of test transmissions and license applications, so it was a long time coming,” Mr Missen said.

Mr Missen said local radio was an important part of the community. “Community radio gives people a grassroots hobby or stepping stone to a career and offers a great alternative to commercial stations,” he said.

Mr Missen said the station’s LOTE programs were some of the most listened-to shows – even drawing overseas listeners.

“At any given time we have people from 20 different countries streaming our programs live,” he said.

“We have listeners from 80 different countries.

“Last week we had someone from Uganda listening to a show.”

Mr Missen said the station relied on community support to stay on air.

“So subscribe, tune in and support your local station,” he said.

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This Saturday, 19th November marks the 21st anniversary of full time operations of 88.3 Southern FM.

The radio station was established in 1981 by former Australian Broadcasting Control Board member Dom Iacono and then former ABC engineer Jack Burgesson, who with a dedicated band of volunteers, first broadcast for a two day broadcast from the Caulfield Town Hall.

The first test broadcast was not spectacular or particularly notable apart from the fact that it was the first test broadcast by the new group, and attracted much interest in the local area which the radio station was to eventually service.

The second test broadcast was from the store room of the now demolished East Bentleigh Community Hall

The station was originally established to cover the then municipal areas of ChelseaMordiallocSandringham, Caulfield, and Brighton.

After a succession of approx 20 test broadcasts of one to two week durations, the parent organisation Southern Community Broadcasters Inc was successful in being granted a full time license on March 30, 1990 and then on the 19th November that year, we went “full time”.

Following many moves of studios and offices, the radio station ended up at Railway Crescent Moorabbin, above the (now) former Salvation Army Opportunity Shop.

From there the radio station moved to the Moorabbin City Council offices and from there to the most recent studio location at Balcombe Road in the suburb of Mentone.

So, 21 years on and this Saturday will see a great event held at The Mentone Lifesaving Club to commemorate this momentous birthday achievement.

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