Phoenix FM (Central Victoria)

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Inaugural meeting[edit]

The inaugural meeting of Phoenix FM[1] (also known as Central Victorian Community Broadcasters Incorporated) was held on 10 April 2007.

Test broadcasts[edit]

Phoenix FM was granted a temporary licence for two weeks of test broadcasting from 7 January 2008. It was granted a second test broadcast period for two weeks from 8 to 21 June 2008. It was then granted a third test broadcast from 6pm on 28 September to midnight on 6 October 2008. A further extension to this was granted from October 2008 to March 2009 in a time-share arrangement with Fresh FM. This occurred after a battle with the ACMA, who were proposing to use the frequency used by both Phoenix FM and Fresh FM for political broadcasts. The station has applied for a further extension to its licence. As from mid-2008, Phoenix FM are streaming their shows over the Internet.

2008 Bendigo Easter Festival[edit]

At Bendigo's Easter Festival in 2008, watched by up to 80,000 people, Phoenix FM made its presence known. The Phoenix float at the Gala Procession and Torchlight Procession received a very warm response.[2]

First outside broadcast[edit]

Phoenix FM's first outside broadcast was a call of the Bendigo Pioneers game from Country Vet Oval, Golden Square. This was an event created community radio history in Bendigo.

Presenters: Lewis Adams hosts "The New Local" with Stephen Wright. He also presents "Live History" Mark Noulton and Joseph Johnston Present Generous Servings of Soup. Noulton also presents "Batcat" Stephen Wright presents "The Shoe Draw Sideshow Funky Dance Time Hour"

Phoenix FM now broadcasts on its own frequency 24 hours a day after gaining a full broadcast licence. The former 89.5 frequency, which was shared with (3CCC FM/Fresh FM) Goldfields Community Radio Co-Operative, is now allocated to the ABC Newsradio Network.


  1. ^ Phoenix FM site
  2. ^ Phoenix float in Bendigo's Easter Fair