Yarra Valley FM
is the local community radio station broadcasting to the Yarra Valley
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area of Victoria
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. It can be heard throughout the Shires of Yarra Ranges
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and Murrindindi, as well as many eastern Melbourne
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Its format includes a variety of music programs, community information, and support for emergency services. Every presenter at Yarra Valley FM 99.1 is a volunteer who is committed to serving the local community with entertainment, music, information and matters of local interest.
It started in December 1984 with two locals, Murray Hardinge, Bob Thornhill, Graeme Peers and Jacey Hall who had a passion for radio communication. A one-week broadcasting licence was going begging after an event planned for Healesville
Healesville is a town in Victoria, Australia, 52 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges...
's contribution to Victoria's 150th Anniversary celebrations was abandoned. A hastily assembled crew stepped in, clutching armfuls of records, to take to the airwaves on equally hastily-assembled home equipment - and Healesville Co-operative Broadcasters was born.
Its studios, from which numerous "test transmissions" were broadcast, were located in several temporary venues, including the ladies toilet of the old Healesville railway station
Healesville is a railway station in Victoria, Australia. Formerly the terminus of the Healesville railway line, it is currently the principal station of the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway....
, an office, a concrete shed and a mobile van in a cow paddock. The broadcasts were a resounding success and, with growing public profile, Yarra Valley FM commenced full-time broadcasting in March 1991 as 3VYV upon moving to the current permanent premises in Woori Yallock
Woori Yallock is a town in Victoria, Australia, 56 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges...
Over the years the station has suffered its share of interesting setbacks, from wombats chewing cables and the threat of bushfire, to the entire transmitter on Briarty's Hill burning down in December 1995. It was the only community radio station in Australia transmitting under "remote-area power supply" which meant that volunteers had to regularly run the gauntlet of wildlife, mud, flooding (one hapless soul actually tipped their vehicle into the creek), and a borderline 4WD track to start the generator that recharged the batteries for transmitter power!
For many years, it was known as VYV - Voice of the Yarra Valley, but changed its name to Yarra Valley FM 99.1 in May 2002 to reflect the growing profile of the station. It now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be streamed live via the website www.yarravalleyfm.com - a quantum leap from what started as a caravan in a cow paddock!
Community Broadcasting & Business Sponsorship
As a community (not for profit and non-commercial) radio station, Yarra Valley FM 99.1 receives two primary streams of revenue - membership subscriptions and sponsorship from local businesses. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in contributing to the aims of Yarra Valley FM 99.1. Members benefit from the rewards derived from presenting a wide variety of programs to listeners and also receive opportunities for training, participation in social activities and voting rights at members' meetings.
Sponsorships come in the form of paid announcements which are limited to a total of 5 minutes per hour.
Committee of management
- Chairperson: Darren Adams
- Vice-Chair: David Oaten
- Secretary: Terry Anderson
- Treasurer: Ian Bolster
- Committee Members: Mark Riddell and Graeme Peers