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|City of license||Melbourne|
|Frequency||102.7 MHz FM
DAB+ (2010– )
|First air date||1976|
3RRR first commenced broadcasting in 1976 from the studios of 3ST, the student radio station of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (now RMIT University), on an educational licence with the name 3RMT. In 1979 it relocated to Fitzroy, and adopted its present name. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, it became synonymous with the post punk and new wave subcultures. It has developed a devoted base of listeners, many of whom donate their time or money to keep the station going; either as volunteers or through the annual "Radiothon". In late 2004, supporters raised enough money for the station to purchase and move into new premises on the corner of Blyth and Nicholson Streets in Brunswick East after the 20-year lease on their previous studios, in Victoria St, Fitzroy, expired.
3RRR's mission statement was defined in 1990 as "To educate, inform and entertain by drawing upon appropriate community resources. To develop a critical approach to contemporary culture." Triple R's programming is split roughly 70% specialist music and 30% talk-based shows. Hosts have complete autonomy over content and the station does not have playlists. As such, the nature of 3RRR broadcasts varies wildly depending on the time of the week. 3RRR is funded entirely by community sponsorships and public subscribers (currently around 12,000), which, by removing standard commercial pressures, allows this diverse programming.
Due to the reaction from subscribers, in the late 1990s 3RRR cancelled sponsorship deals signed with the Ford Motor Company and music venue The Mercury Lounge (due to its location in Melbourne's Crown Casino). No such "corporate" sponsorship of this type has been considered since. More recent sponsorship includes, for example, Dromana Estate who are "proud sponsors" of Plonk.
With an eclectic mix of programmes and a commitment to independence and integrity, 3RRR has been cited as a model for community radio stations in other cities (such as Sydney's FBi Radio); it has been said that it is a cornerstone of Melbourne's alternative/underground culture. A large number of 3RRR presenters have gone on to work extensively for more commercial radio stations and for the ABC.
Selected list of presenters, past and present
- Jonathan Alley (Under the Sun/Tough Culture)
- Anita Alphabet (Test Pattern)
- David Armstrong (Danger: Low Brow)
- Clem Bastow (Transference)
- Kate Bathgate (Tranzmission)
- Billy Baxter (The Coodabeen Champions)
- Tony Biggs (The Big Stain, On the Blower)
- Genevieve Blackmore (aka Genny B) (LiveWire)
- Bohdan X (Friday punk show, 1978–1995)
- 'Brain' (Rack Your Brains)
- Philip Brophy & Bruce Milne (EEEK!)
- Dave Butterworth (Galactic Zoo)
- Holly C (aka Marieke Hardy), Glenny G (aka Glen Dickie) & Paul P (aka Paul Trapani) (Best of the Brat)
- Anthony Carew (The International Pop Underground)
- Greg Champion (The Coodabeen Champions)
- Santo Cilauro
- Jon Clyne (aka Johnnie Wafer) (Keystrokes)
- Max Crawdaddy (Son of Crawdaddy)
- Cousin Creep (Paint The Town Clear Gloss / Breakfasters / Vindaloo Cocktail)
- Warren Davies (Byte Into It)
- Declan Fay (The Pinch 2002–2009 / Unexplained Phenomena 2000–2002)
- Jane Gazzo (Calamity 1992–1996)
- Headley Gritter (The Party Show)
- Paul Harris & John Flaus (Filmbuff's Forecast)
- Stuart Harrison  (The Architects)
- Tracy Harvey (Punter to Punter)
- Stuart Harvey (Mondo Bizarro)
- Chris Hatzsis
- Andrew Haug (The Hard Report)
- Claire Hedger (Australian Matinee)
- Brendan Hitchens (Bullying The Jukebox)
- Lawrence Hudson (New, Used & Abused)
- Tracee Hutchison (The Word 2001–2007/Program Director 2002–2005)
- Rob Jan (Zero G)
- Craig Kamber
- Declan Kelly (Against the Arctic)
- Justin Kemp (Run Like You Stole Something)
- Chris Kennett (The Pinch 2002–2009 / Unexplained Phenomena 2000–2002)
- Josh Kinal & Meshel Laurie (Enough Rope)
- Kate Langbroek (The F'n'K Show / Breakfasters)
- Karen Leng (Kinky Afro)
- Lady Erica (Underground Flavas)
- Owen McKern (Delivery)
- Janet A McLeod (The Cheese Shop)
- Stephen Oliver, Kraig Krieger & John Williams (Steve & The Board / Cut The Music)
- Dave O'Neil (Osso Booko Show / Breakfasters)
- Alan Parkes (Osso Booko Show)
- Sam Pang (Breakfasters)
- Greig Pickhaver
- Vic Plume (Osso Booko Show)
- Neil Rogers (The Australian Mood, member of The Bo-Weevils)
- Zan Rowe (Transit Lounge)
- John Safran
- Julian Schiller (Crud)
- Fiona Scott-Norman (The F'n'K Show)
- Dave Slutzkin (To and Fro)
- Cam Smith (Eat It)
- Ennio Styles (Stylin')
- Dave Taranto (The Cheese Shop)
- Allan Thomas (The Metal for Melbourne Show)
- Tim Thorpe (Vital Bits)
- Vanessa Toholka (Byte Into It)
- Johnny Topper (New & Groovy)
- Christos Tsiolkas (Superfluity)
- Dr Turf (Punter to Punter)
- Phil Wales (Byte Into It)
- Stephen Walker (The Skullcave / former Program Director)
- Steve Wide (Far and Wide) New UK (www.myspace.com.au/stevewide)
- Brian Wise & Billy Pinnell (Off The Record)
- Gary Young (Chicken Mary Show)
- James Young (The Breakfasters/former Program Director)
- Georgia Webster (Byte Into It / Superlinguo on Breakfasters)
- Tony Wilson (The Breakfasters)
- Alley, Jonathan (16 August 2005). "Radio ga-ga". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- Harrison, Stuart. "Architectural Project Archive 1994–2006". Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Lallo, Michael (4 August 2010). "Misfires and memories as FM turns 30". Age. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- Enker, Debi (20 August 2009). "Mixing humour and history". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- Donovan, Patrick (31 January 2008). "Every Thursday Is Australia Day for Radio Doyen". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- 3RRR official website - includes audio streaming of the broadcast and archive of best shows.
- Mark Phillips 2006. Radio City. Melbourne: Vulgar Press. (history of RRR, released to commemorate the 30th anniversary)
- Dubecki, Larissa The Age. 2006. Rated R. 23 November 2006. (Article on 30 years of 3RRR).