It all started in December 1984 by two locals - Murray Hardinge and Bob Thornhill - who had a passion for radio communication. A one-week
broadcasting licence was going begging after an event planned for Healesville's contribution to Victoria's 150th Anniversary celebrations was abandoned. A hastily assembled crew stepped in, clutching armfuls of records, to take to the airwaves on equally hastily-assembled home equipment - and Healesville Co-operative Broadcasters was born.
Our initial studios from which numerous "test transmissions" were broadcast were located in several temporary venues, including the ladies toilet of the old Healesville Railway Station, an office, a concrete shed and a mobile van in a cow paddock. The broadcasts were a resounding success, and with growing public profile, we commenced full-time broadcasting in March 1991 as 3VYV upon moving to our current permanent premises as a part of the Woori Yallock shopping centre.
Over the years, the station has suffered its share of interesting setbacks, from wombats chewing cables, to the threat of bushfire, to the entire transmitter on Briarty's Hill burning down in December 1995. We were the only community radio station in Australia transmitting under "Remote Area Power Supply" which meant that volunteers had to regularly run the gauntlet of wildlife, mud, flooding (one hapless soul actually tipped their vehicle into the creek), and a borderline 4WD track to start the generator that recharged the batteries for transmitter power!
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