88.3 Southern FM
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|City of license||Melbourne, Australia|
|Branding||88.3 Southern FM|
|Slogan||88.3 Sounds Great To Me|
|Frequency||88.3 MHz FM|
|Format||Broadbased Community / Music & Talk|
|Owner||Southern Community Broadcasters Inc|
|Website||Southern FM 88.3|
Southern FM is the local community radio station for the south, south-eastern and bayside area of Melbourne with a population of over 350,000.
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
As part of a planning review prior to the formal invitations for licence applications, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (now ABA) had offered SCB an extension to its coverage area to include the areas bounded by the Cities of Prahran, St Kilda, and Waverley in addition to the inclusion of the Inner eastern areas (now covered by 3WBC)
The Inner Eastern suburban area (that being the area of the then Cities of Box Hill Camberwell, Hawthorn and Kew) was without a local radio service at the time of the formation and development of the suburban community radio groups such as SCB, ECB, VYV, MDR, etc.
Although the Inner Eastern municipal areas were designated by the then ABA for a potential new area it was, prior to licensing of the first group of Sub-Metropolitan stations offered to Southern Community Broadcasters as an addition to its license area, due to a lack of a local service.
Southern Community Broadcasters - after AGMs and resolutions had after an initial interest in the addition of the area to its own, had rejected the proposal - claiming the Inner East was not an area that shared the Bayside / Inner South identity.
The same argument was presented in the organisation's rejection of including StKilda and Prahran into its coverage area. This rejection of additional coverage areas resulted in a small coverage station with a very limited transmitter power. (200 watts), one of the smallest sub-metropolitan community stations in Melbourne.
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.
Following many moves of studios and offices, the radio station ended up at Railway Crescent Moorabbin, above the (now) former Salvation Army Opportunity Shop.
Southern FM presents a wide format of specialist programs, and provides full editorial and content control to its presenters but ensures through its programming that all local demographics are catered for from children through youth, baby boomers and the older generation.
The program make up is diverse, as demonstrated by this listing of programs (source: )
- 6:00AM – 9:00AM Sri Lankan Aussie Big Breakfast -
Music & guest interviews by Rob Foenander
- 9:00AM – 11:00AM Kaleidoscope -
Guests, interviews, comedy, toe-tapping music with Terri Adams
- 11:00AM – 12:00PM Best Medicine -
Health and wellbeing with Gaytana
- 12:00PM – 2:00PM No Time LIke The Past -
Radio nostalgia by David Frost
- 2:00PM – 3:00PM Military Matters -
News and history from our armed services
- 3:00PM – 4:00PM Books for Business for Better -
Lynne Cazaly reviews the latest business & self-improvement books
- 4:00PM – 6:00PM Tuesday Tonic -
Local news & interviews by Bob Lawson & Vicki Liddell
- 6:00PM – 8:00PM Mood Of Melbourne -
Easy listening music with Nigel Carter
- 8:00PM – 10:00PM The Peoples Court -
Leo, Big Dog, Dr.Cruel & Costanza talking sport
- 10:00PM – 12:00AM SportzFM -
George hosts Kingston city soccer (Greek)
- 12:00AM – 2:00AM Midnight Mass -
Alternative musical stylings from Europe
Southern FM, like many other community radio stations in Melbourne, has incorporated many non-English speaking groups into the program schedule.
The longest serving on air presenters at Southern FM include Reg Pitt (Southern Country), Terri Adams (Kaleidoscope), Barry Ikin (Let's Dance), David Frost (Breakfast/Tunes I Can't Forget), Greg Neighbour (Choicecuts), Andrew Rennie (The Space Show).
Presenters who moved on include a small group who participated in the first broadcasts of a temporary youth broadcasting station Hitz FM, following the success in 1991 of a Saturday Night radio program NightBeat. In later years another radio broadcast group Golden Days Radio (at time of formation known as Spirit Of Australia Broadcasters) was founded by a number of people formerly associated with Southern FM