Bay FM 99.9 - FM 99.9 - Byron Bay, NSW

Community radio serving Byron Shire and beyond

History A BRIEF HISTORY OF BAY FM 99.9 BAY FM Community Radio is a non-profit incorporated community organisation 1987 - Bay FM Community Radio established ... See more established at a public meeting held in December at the Byron Bay Community Centre. 1990 - First Bay FM test transmissions: transmitting from six different locations over a seven day period. This was followed by 5 more test transmissions over the next three years. 1993 - The Australian Broadcasting Authority grants Bay FM the first and only Australian "Drop-Through" Licence; permitting the station to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 1996 - Bay FM wins the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Award: Special Music Award for Green Band Aid, a live benefit concert held at Thursday Plantation. Produced by Sean Latham, Don Blake, Adam Pippen. 1998 - Bay FM wins their second CBAA Award: Programming by an Aspirant Station for "Dolphinicity", a three-part special produced by presenter Nick Jeanes. - The Australian Broadcasting Association permits Bay FM to increase the existing 500 watt transmission strength to 2000 watts. - Bay FM conducts a listener survey and finds the majority of listeners to be aged between 25 and 50 and supportive of Bay FM's growth and development. 1999 - Bay FM wins the CBAA Award: Contribution to Australian Music for Steve Hadley's "Oz Music Show". - Bay FM switches on the 2000 watt transmitter, improving signal to black spots in Byron Shire and beyond. 2000 - Youth in Action Show (hosted by Tweed Training & Enterprise) wins Prime Minister's Award. 2001 - Frequency change from 91.3 to 99.9 imposed by Australian Broadcasting Authority - Relocation of station to temporary studios in Woolworths Plaza while the Bay FM building is temporarily relocated to Butler Street land owned by Warren & Denise Simmons. - New Management Structure implemented. - Bay FM’s administration manual of policies, processes and procedures "The Bible" produced. - East Coast Blues and Roots Festival broadcast live to CBAA satellite for national transmission by Bay FM. - Bay FM wins three CBAA Awards: Most Innovative Marketing and Promotional Achievement Award for our Radiothon, Excellence In Music Programming Award for "Doofamentary", Excellence in Spoken Word Programming Award for "Iconoclasm" morning magazine show. This was the first time that any one station won three awards in one year. - June 20th Bay FM finally allocated a Permanent License to Broadcast as a Community Radio Station by Federal Government Authority - Bay FM's New Year's Eve Lawson Street Dance Party was broadcast live to CBAA satellite. 2002 - Station relocates to our original building at the new location in Butler Street to await the completion of the new Byron Bay Community Centre and our studios within it. - Trained presenter numbers reach 80. Subscriber numbers climb to 950. - Bay FM takes home two more CBAA Awards: Best Oral History Program “100 Years of Light” (about the historic Byron Bay lighthouse), produced by Oliver McElligott & Mesha Sendyk, “Can’t Get out of the Car Award “The Shakedown Introduction”, produced by Terrie Wells, Sean Latham, Michael Brereton. – - December 2002: Michael Franti concert in The Backroom, broadcast by Bay FM “Live in Your Lounge Room.” - Bay FM New Year’s Eve Dance Party successful as usual; this time raising funds for other community groups AND financing of our new Fletcher Street studios in the BB Community Centre. 2003 - Our volunteers begin work in April on building the New Studios in the Byron Bay Community Centre. The empty space on first floor level is designed into 2 on- air studios and 1 production studio with air lock corridor, a large administration office, Green Room with facilities, and an entrance counter and vestibule. The smaller up stairs area to become a small library administration area, spacious walk in library and a small electronics hub, an outdoor verandah area offering views of Cape Byron lighthouse. -“Volunteering Bay FM” is launched; working with Volunteering Australia National Standards. - 120 active Volunteers per week. 205 current & active Members, 1,062 Subscribers - Bay FM subsidises 20 volunteers to attend The CBAA Annual Conference at the Gold Coast, creating a very strong presence. Bay FM, once again, brought home a national award from the CBAA Conference as well as a highly commended. “Can’t Get out of the Car Award “Tall Hairy Guy, P.I.” by Joint Production Crew produced by Oliver McElligott, Al Crombie, Colin Delaney. Highly Commended: Innovative place/subject for an Outside Broadcast “Live in your Lounge Room”…..the Michael Franti Concert from the Backroom Producers: Terrie Wells, Lana Henry, Sean Latham, Michael Brereton, Trinity Malpress, John McCubbray, Danny Salfield 2004 - Our vollies keep building the new studios. - CBAA Awards: Highly Commended: Best Spoken Word Programming; “Flotilla of Hope” Marie Cameron. Highly Commended : Best New Segment/ Program; Ros Elliott & Oliver McElligott “Go-Earthcare” 2005 - Building work continues by our dedicated volunteers. - BayFM adds another 1000 watt transmitter, increasing range and quality of signal at 3000 watts - CBAA Awards :Best Spoken Word Programming “The Freedom Rides 1965 & 2005” Ros Elliott & Simon Baker 2006 - June 2nd 0900. The first broadcast from new studios at our original location in Fletcher Street, now one story higher and a lot more classy. - CBAA Awards : Station of the Year 2006/2007: Contribution to Indigenous Broadcasting: Go Earthcare /Caring for Country; Producer & Presenter: Ros Elliott 2007 - Application for permanent licence ( another 5 years) approved by Australian Communication & Media Authority - Second on-air studio becomes operational.

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