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3RRR[2] (pronounced "Three Triple R", or simply "Triple R") is an Australian community radio station, based in Melbourne.

Triple R FM
3RRR logo.svg
CityMelbourne, Australia
Broadcast areaMelbourne, Australia
Frequency102.7 MHz FM
DAB+ (2010– )
First air date1976 (1976)
FormatCommunity radio
Transmitter coordinates37°50′19″S 145°20′47″E / 37.8385°S 145.3465°E / -37.8385; 145.3465Coordinates: 37°50′19″S 145°20′47″E / 37.8385°S 145.3465°E / -37.8385; 145.3465
OwnerCommunity Radio
WebcastLive Stream - Simulcast of Melbourne FTA service[1]

3RRR first commenced broadcasting in 1976 from the studios of 3ST, the student radio station of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (now RMIT University), on an educational licence with the name 3RMT. In 1979 it relocated to Fitzroy, and adopted its present name. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, it became synonymous with the post punk and new wave subcultures. In late 2004, supporters raised enough money for the station to purchase and move into new premises on the corner of Blyth and Nicholson Streets in Brunswick East after the 20-year lease on their previous studios, in Victoria St, Fitzroy, expired.

3RRR's mission statement was defined in 1990 as "To educate, inform and entertain by drawing upon appropriate community resources. To develop a critical approach to contemporary culture." Triple R's programming is split roughly 70% specialist music and 30% talk-based shows. Hosts have creative control over content and the station does not have playlists. As such, the nature of 3RRR broadcasts varies wildly depending on the time of the week. As 3RRR states, "With the exception of [the] Breakfasters, all of Triple R’s programs are presented by volunteers" who present their shows for no remuneration.[3] A select few volunteer presenters are also in paid work at the station in operational roles.

3RRR's operations are funded entirely by community sponsorships and public subscribers (currently around 15,000), which, by removing standard commercial pressures, allows for this diverse programming. The estimated current listenership is 440,000 per week.[4]

Due to the reaction from subscribers, in the late 1990s 3RRR cancelled sponsorship deals signed with the Ford Motor Company and music venue The Mercury Lounge (due to its location in Melbourne's Crown Casino). No such "corporate" sponsorship of this type has been considered since.

In 2016, 3RRR celebrated its 40th anniversary with a comprehensive exhibition at the State Library of Victoria called, On Air: 40 Years of 3RRR.[5] The exhibition "explores the history, culture and character of this iconic station, whose programs continues to influence and inspire Melbourne’s independent music scene, and provide a vital voice for local community."[6]


Past programsEdit

Selected list of presenters, past and presentEdit

  • Jonathan Alley[7] (Under the Sun/Tough Culture)
  • Adam Crow (a.k.a. Bob Console) (Keystrokes)
  • Anita Alphabet (Test Pattern)
  • David Armstrong (Danger: Low Brow)
  • Kate Bathgate (Tranzmission)
  • Billy Baxter (The Coodabeen Champions)
  • David Lescun
  • Caset Bennetto (Superfluity)
  • Tony Biggs (The Big Stain, On the Blower)
  • Stratos Pavlis (Some Velvet Morning & Breakfasters)
  • Genevieve Blackmore (a.k.a. Genny B) (LiveWire)
  • Bohdan X (Friday punk show, 1978–1995)
  • 'Brain' (Rack Your Brains)
  • Philip Brophy & Bruce Milne (EEEK!)
  • Dave Butterworth (Galactic Zoo)
  • Holly C (a.k.a. Marieke Hardy), Glenny G (a.k.a. Glen Dickie) & Paul P (a.k.a. Paul Trapani) (Best of the Brat)
  • Thomas Caldwell (Plato's Cave)
  • Davide Carbone (Ryhthmatic)
  • Anthony Carew (The International Pop Underground)
  • Greg Champion (The Coodabeen Champions)
  • Santo Cilauro
  • Jon Clyne (a.k.a. Johnnie Wafer) (Keystrokes)
  • Max Crawdaddy (Son of Crawdaddy)
  • Cousin Creep (Paint The Town Clear Gloss / Breakfasters / Vindaloo Cocktail)
  • Nick Davis (Feed Your Head)
  • Warren Davies (Byte Into It)
  • Zerin Dellal (Ms Informed)[8]
  • Ian Drysdale (The Liars' Club 1992-1993)
  • Lady Erica (Underground Flavas)
  • Declan Fay (The Pinch 2002–2009 / Unexplained Phenomena 2000–2002)
  • Jane Gazzo (Calamity 1992–1996)
  • Dave Graney (Banana Lounge Broadcasting)
  • Headley Gritter (The Party Show)
  • Vanda Hamilton (The Liars' Club 1994-1995)
  • Paul Harris & John Flaus (Filmbuff's Forecast)
  • Stuart Harrison [9] (The Architects)
  • Tracy Harvey (Punter to Punter)
  • Stuart Harvey (Mondo Bizarro)
  • Chris Hatzsis
  • Andrew Haug (The Hard Report)
  • Claire Hedger (Australian Matinee)
  • Geraldine Hickey (Breakfasters)
  • Brendan Hitchens (Bullying The Jukebox)
  • Cerise Howard (Plato's Cave)
  • Lawrence Hudson (New, Used & Abused)
  • Tracee Hutchison (The Word 2001–2007/Program Director 2002–2005)
  • Louise Irving (Multi-Storied)
  • Rob Jan (Zero G)
  • Adam Joseph (The Liars' Club 1992-1995)
  • Tara Judah (Plato's Cave)
  • Craig Kamber
  • Declan Kelly (Against the Arctic)
  • Fran Kelly (Backchat)
  • Justin Kemp (Run Like You Stole Something)
  • Chris Kennett (The Pinch 2002–2009 / Unexplained Phenomena 2000–2002)
  • Josh Kinal & Meshel Laurie (Enough Rope)
  • Kate Kingsmill (Banana Lounge Broadcasting)
  • Kate Langbroek[10] (The F'n'K Show / Breakfasters)
  • Karen Leng (Kinky Afro)
  • Elizabeth McCarthy (Multi-Storied)
  • Jess McGuire (Breakfasters, Wired For Sound, I'd Rather Jack)
  • Owen McKern (Delivery)
  • Janet A McLeod (The Cheese Shop)
  • Howard Marklin (Networks)
  • Bruce Milne (Where Yo Is?)
  • Jason Moore (Local And/Or General)
  • Amy Mullins (Uncommon Sense)
  • Josh Nelson (Plato's Cave)
  • Areej Nur (The Rap)
  • Stephen Oliver, Kraig Krieger & John Williams (Steve & The Board / Cut The Music)
  • Dave O'Neil (Osso Booko Show / Breakfasters)
  • Alan Parkes (Osso Booko Show)
  • Sam Pang (Breakfasters)[11]
  • Greig Pickhaver
  • Vic Plume (Osso Booko Show)
  • Luke Pocock (Set It Out)
  • Troy Rainbow (Arts Diary)
  • Annaliese Redlich (Neon Sunset)
  • Alan Eaton (Osso Booko Show)
  • Neil Rogers (The Australian Mood, member of The Bo-Weevils)[12]
  • Zan Rowe (Transit Lounge)
  • John Safran (breakfasters)
  • Julian Schiller (Crud)
  • Fiona Scott-Norman (Trash Is My Life, The F'n'K Show)
  • Dave Slutzkin (To and Fro)
  • 'Bandicoot' (Osso Booko Show)
  • Cam Smith (Eat It)
  • Rob Steezy (Hood Pass)
  • Ennio Styles (Stylin')
  • Carlos T (Hood Pass)
  • Dave Taranto (The Cheese Shop)
  • Allan Thomas (The Metal for Melbourne Show)
  • Tim Thorpe (Vital Bits)
  • 'Rochachelli' (Osso Booko Show)
  • Vanessa Toholka (Byte Into It)
  • Johnny Topper (New & Groovy)
  • Christos Tsiolkas (Superfluity)
  • Mark O'Toole (Osso Booko Show)
  • Dr Turf (Punter to Punter)
  • Phil Wales (Byte Into It / Monday Yawning)
  • Bruce Berryman (Sitelines)
  • Clinton Walker (Know Your Product, 1978)
  • Stephen Walker (The Skullcave / former Program Director)
  • Duane d. Zigliotto (presenter) 1984/1988.
  • Steve Wide (Far and Wide) New UK Indie
  • Brian Wise & Billy Pinnell (Off The Record)
  • Gary Young (Chicken Mary Show)
  • James Young (The Breakfasters/former Program Director)
  • Georgia Webster (Byte Into It / Superlinguo on Breakfasters)
  • Tony Wilson (The Breakfasters)[13]
  • Matt Rocke (Cyber) Australian Electronic


  1. ^ Other ways to listen — Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio
  2. ^ "Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ "About Us — Triple R 102.7FM, Melbourne Independent Radio". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Communications & Online Content Coordinator | Pedestrian TV". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR". State Library Victoria. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ "ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR". State Library Victoria. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  7. ^ Alley, Jonathan (16 August 2005). "Radio ga-ga". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  8. ^ Collective, Ms Informed Women's Radio; Akinci, Mube; 3RRR-FM (Radio station : Melbourne, Vic.); Collective, Ms Informed Women's Radio (1985), Fun fashion and image, [St. Kilda, Vic. : Ms Informed Women's Radio Collective, retrieved 12 April 2019
  9. ^ Harrison, Stuart. "Architectural Project Archive 1994–2006". Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  10. ^ Lallo, Michael (4 August 2010). "Misfires and memories as FM turns 30". Age. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  11. ^ Enker, Debi (20 August 2009). "Mixing humour and history". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  12. ^ Donovan, Patrick (31 January 2008). "Every Thursday Is Australia Day for Radio Doyen". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Program changes for April 2014". 3RRR. 3RRR. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.

External linksEdit

  • 3RRR official website - includes audio streaming of the broadcast and archive of best shows.
  • Mark Phillips 2006. Radio City. Melbourne: Vulgar Press. (history of RRR, released to commemorate the 30th anniversary)
  • Dubecki, Larissa The Age. 2006. Rated R. 23 November 2006. (Article on 30 years of 3RRR).