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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.

Details: 9583 0533 or southernfm.com.au

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