Light FM

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89.9 LightFM
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City Melbourne, Australia
Broadcast area Melbourne
Branding 89.9 LightFM
Slogan Melbourne's Positive Alternative
Frequency 89.9 MHz FM
DAB+ (2010– )
First air date 19 December 2001
Format Contemporary Christian music
Adult contemporary
Community Focus Radio
Power N/A
ERP 56 kW
Class Community
Owner LightMelbourne Inc.

89.9 LightFM is a Christian community radio station in Melbourne, Australia. It broadcasts on 89.9 FM (3TSC) from studios at 333 Mitcham Road, in Mitcham and a transmitter on Mount Dandenong with a Weekly Listenership of 43,000.[1]


The station's beginnings can be traced to 1977 when Melbourne Christian Radio was founded[2] It conducted test broadcasts in 1980, 1981, and 1982, as 3MGR before purchasing air time on commercial station 3DB.

The organisation that runs 89.9 LightFM was formerly called Triple Seven Communications. They conducted a three-month temporary broadcast in late 2001 and was informed in December of that year that they were successful for one of the four community licences available from the Australian Broadcasting Authority, now the Australian Communications and Media Authority.[3] 89.9 LightFM began full-time permanent broadcasting on Sunday 1 December 2002.[2][4]



89.9 LightFM has its own dedicated news service that provides hourly updates throughout the day, and every half an hour during the breakfast (6am-9am) program. Previously, 89.9 LightFM had broadcast the Macquarie National News program every hour.

Nine News Simulcast[edit]

An exclusive simulcast of the Nine News at 18:00 with Peter Hitchener and Livinia Nixon airs at 18:00 every night of the week, except if the Nine Network is covering the cricket or the NRL Grand Final. The newsreader for that night chats with LightFM every afternoon, previewing the bulletin at 18:00 hours.


The LightFM Careline is a supportive service for people that need prayer, an explanation of Christianity, or simply an understanding ear. Where requested callers can be referred to a local church. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund has assisted with the operating costs of the Careline in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Digital Radio[edit]

LightFM is no longer simulcast on Digital Radio in Melbourne.

LightDigital is a digital station broadcasting 100% Christian music, and was launched on 1 December 2011

LightChristmas broadcasts every year from early December through to early January online. In 2014, for the first time, LightChristmas appeared as a 'pop up' digital radio station.


89.9 LightFM on-air team[edit]

The presenters of 89.9 LightFM these include Lucy Holmes, Kel McWilliam, Dan Veling, MJ Want, Leroy Brown, Cam Want, Clayton Bjelan, Melissa Tracina, Emma Wynne and Allan Martin, as well as the Nine News Melbourne team.


89.9 LightFM has many full-time and some part-time announcers employed at the radio station.

On-Air schedule[edit]


  • 05:00-06:00 | Insight for Living & Focus On The Family
  • 06:00-09:00 | Breakfast with Lucy and Kel
  • 09:00-12:00 | Mornings with Dan Veling
  • 12:00-15:00 | Afternoons with MJ Want
  • 15:00-18:00 | Drive with Leroy Brown
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-23:00 | Cam at Nights
  • 23:00-23:30 | Focus on the Family
  • 23:30-23:40 | A Different Perspective with Berni Dymet


  • 05:00-06:00 | Insight for Living & History Makers
  • 06:00-07:00 | Leroy Brown
  • 07:00-10:00 | Breakfast with Leroy & Emma
  • 10:00-12:00 | Best Of Lucy and Kel
  • 12:00-18.00 | Saturday Afternoon with Melissa Tracina
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-00:00 | LightFM's Saturday Party Mix


  • 05:00-06:00 | In Touch & Christianity Works
  • 06:00-10:00 | Experience Church with Allan Martin
  • 10:00-12:00 | Weekly Top 20 with Cam
  • 12:00-18:00 | Sunday Afternoon with Melissa Tracina
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-21:00 | In Conversation with Clayton
  • 21:00-22:00 | Experience Church Replay
  • 22:00-00:00 | The Green Room with Cam Want

Spoken Word Programmes:

  • Focus On The Family | Weekdays 05:30 & 23:00
  • Insight for Living | Monday-Saturday 05:00
  • History Makers | Saturday 05:30
  • In Touch | Sunday 05:00
  • Christianity Works | Sunday 05:30



89.9 LightFM plays a wide array of music of both Christian and secular. Christian music on the station is generally a mixture of pop, modern rock, and gospel. These include songs from such artists as Capital Kings, Francesca Battistelli, Manic Drive, The Afters, and Citizen Way. 89.9 LightFM plays up to 40% Christian music not including Christian songs from mainstream artists such as U2.


89.9 LightFM generally play a mix of adult contemporary music. This makes up the other 60% of music they play. This quite often results in the station playing songs from the Billboard 100 Adult Contemporary. These include songs by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and One Direction. They also include music from the Top 40 Australia and United States singles charts. However, they still play a variety of pop and Soft rock songs from the 1990s and early 2000s.


  1. ^ "LightFM's History" (html). LightFM. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b LightFM. "LightFM History". Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Allocation of four community radio broadcasting licences for Melbourne" (pdf). Australian Broadcasting Authority. p. 188. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Community Radio Broadcasting Licences" (pdf). Australian Communications and Media Authority. 2006-12-19. p. 27. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 

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