Voice FM Profile
Ballarat’s 3BBB was established in 1982 to cater for the needs of those people who are denied access to, and those who are not adequately served by existing media in Central Victoria. The station began full-time broadcasting in 1984, received its full license in 1986 and is now known as 99.9 Voice FM. There are more than a hundred and forty volunteers providing programming of interest to a broad audience and to specific interest groups.
The Station has gone through many phases, but has now paid off outstanding debts, is implementing policy development and with commitment to the election of a proficient board of directors with leadership and business qualities, it has authentic community radio within its sights. The purpose of the regenerated Voice FM is to build on our commitment to provide a community service to all people within the region – to give a voice to the diverse social groups within the Ballarat area.
As a cooperative of interested local residents, Voice FM depends on the sponsorship support of local and regional business. We are implementing wide-ranging changes to rejuvenate and upgrade the running of the station to reflect its community service responsibilities.
Voice FM gives a voice to the multicultural community in Ballarat and currently has Greek, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Filipino, German, Chinese and Thai programs. We are in negotiation with the Indian community for them to resume a program. There are six presenters on the Japanese team, two Dutch, two Germans, two Thai’s and fourteen volunteers in the Chinese team. These programs are supported by Ethnic Grants from the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF), which is federally funded to distribute to the community broadcasting sector.
In 2007/08 3BBB received seed funding from the CBF to assist with the production of an RPH program, The Courier On Air, broadcast every weekday. The program provides listeners with a print disability access to local news and community information through a reading of The Ballarat Courier. The program is supported by Vision Australia who were first involved in the training and rostering of volunteers when the program was established in 2003. The training and rostering is now coordinated by an Executive Group from the RPH Team of more than forty volunteers.
The listening area extends as far as Clunes and Daylesford in the north, Beaufort and Skipton in the west, Meredith in the south and Ballan in the east. We are working on updating our infrastructure so that we can commence streaming. This involves upgrading our computer equipment at the station. Once completed, the project will strengthen the opportunity for community interaction.
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