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City of license Sunbury, Victoria
Broadcast area Sunbury, Victoria
Branding 3NRG
Slogan Sunbury's Own Radio Station
Frequency 99.3 MHz
First air date July 1988 (1988-07)
Format Community
ERP 400W
Transmitter coordinates 37°35′49″S 144°43′45″E / 37.5969°S 144.7292°E / -37.5969; 144.7292Coordinates: 37°35′49″S 144°43′45″E / 37.5969°S 144.7292°E / -37.5969; 144.7292
Callsign meaning Sounds like "energy"
Former callsigns 3FUN (1988-2005)
Former frequencies 99.4 MHz (1988-1999)
Owner 3NRG Inc.
Website www.sunburyradio.com.au

3NRG is a community radio station based in Sunbury, Victoria. Established as 99.4 Bulla FM in 1988, the station re-branded as 3NRG - and changed frequency from 99.4FM to 99.3FM - in 1999.


The then Australian Broadcasting Authority issued a radio license area plan for the Sunbury region on 22 June 2000, which determined that a community radio station license should be granted for the area. 3NRG was the only applicant, and was granted a permanent license to replace the temporary license under which they had previously operated, which had just expired.

The station was established to provide local news, information and community access to the township of Sunbury, in outer north west metropolitan Melbourne, as well as to the surrounding localities of Diggers Rest, The Gap, Couangult and Toolern Vale. The station has been involved with battle of the band competitions, broadcasting community events. In June 2000, entered the Guinness book of world records for the worlds longest DJ marathon.

With 28,794 (15+) people in their service area, 3NRG is estimated to share in a community radio audience reach of 6,047 in a typical week (21% of the 15+ population) and is estimated to share in a community radio audience reach of 13,245 in an average month (46% of the 15+ population).[1]


Community broadcasters are required (as part of the conditions for licensing) to have open membership policies. The management team of the radio station—as is typical of community based radio in Australia—is determined by the members of the association at an annual general meeting (AGM). The present 2014-15 committee of management of 3NRG-FM community radio is:

  • President - Adrian Lodders
  • Vice President - Jarrod Bell
  • Secretary - Gary Anderson
  • Treasurer - Bill Kirk
  • Committee - Alan James, Daniel O’Connor, Heather Truscott, Lyn Cherriman and Matthew Cocks
  • Station Manager, Production - Mike Cherriman
  • Technical, Production - Steve Tyers


Presenters for 3NRG include:

  • Ron Bourke, former 3AW newsreader, began working at 3NRG after his retirement as a presenter on the famous Melbourne radio station, 3AW, Ron hosts a morning program featuring Sport with Bill Kirk at 7.10 and The World According to Sam with his granddaughter Samantha.
  • Duane D. Zigliotto has been a community radio presenter since 1981. He commenced his first broadcast at 3RRR in September 1981 with "Italmusic" - the first Italian programm in Melbourne narrated in Italglish; subsequently presented a programme on 3ZZZ, "International Caravan"; and also completed a Trainer to trainer programme and trained at several community radio stations throughout Victoria. Duane, known as "The Captain", is currently presenting three programmes on 3NRG: "Italmusic", "International Caravan" and the "Eurozone", a programme dedicated exclusively to the Eurovision Song Contest and is the only Australian presenter that has attended and broadcast live from the event over the last fourteen years.

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  1. ^ [1] 2010 Australia National Listener Survey

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