CityFM is a former temporary broadcasting station in Melbourne, Australia.
|Broadcast area||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Frequency||94.9 MHz FM|
|Format||80s & 90s Retro|
|Owner||Central Melbourne FM Inc|
City FM in Melbourne Australia was established and developed in Melbourne, Australia to provide for a community-based radio service to the diverse inner city population of Melbourne; thus it was identified as CityFM.
The station also presented a mix of new music, with club classics - and gained its popularity primarily based on the music mix, however the radio station offered a number of personalities and a format that was a viable listening alternative to the mainstream commercial broadcasters.
City FM was one of many temporary broadcasters at the time vying for a full-time radio licence, that was to be issued to not-for-profit organisations by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
The first of the temporary radio stations, were suburban community radio broadcasting groups, which under the broadcasting legislation in place in the 1980s the then Australian Broadcasting Tribunal permitted up to two weeks of temporary broadcasts per broadcast group with a maximum allocation of 4 weeks per annum. These broadcasts were referred to at that time as "Test Broadcasts", designed to test either facilities of readiness to broadcast and audience response to the proposed service being trialled at the time of the test broadcast.
The incoming Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) was established under the Australian Broadcasting Services Act 1992, and its role was to provide for additional radio services. Part of this role was the extension of the "Test Broadcast" system to allow for more flexibility and therefore providing more options for new community-based groups and narrowcasters to enter broadcasting - something which was not able to occur previously.
One of the effects of this was the establishment of long period "temporary licences" for periods of up to 90 days. The first group in Australia to participate in the long term temporary licence permitted by the new ABA was HitzFM in Melbourne, Australia (Founded by Anton Vanderlely) in late 1993.
By 2001, there were many temporary community radio stations in Melbourne (and similarly in Sydney) vying for a limited number of full-time licences, these included: Joy FM, Kiss 90FM, KIX 91.5, Hitz FM, Laugh Radio, StreetFM/Street Nation, Employment Access Radio (EAR FM), HotFM Chart Radio, Golden Days Radio - Caulfield, SRA (RIMT University, Melb), 3MU (Monash University, Caulfield), SubFM (La Trobe University, Bundoora), and Kool'N'Deadly (3KND - Preston).
The first of the CityFM temporary broadcasts was established in what was known as the "Tandy Building" in Moorabbin Victoria. The transmitter site was at Casseldon Place on the Melbourne CBD, which provided around 25 km coverage from a 250 Watt FM transmitter through a single folded dipole antenna.
The personalities and announcers on the initial CityFM broadcast included:
- Gerry Nyein
- Adam Vaughan
- Glenn Hampson (DRIVE SHOW WITH...)
- Paul Thompson (THE SLAPNUTZ - CO-HOST)
- Joel David Fleming (THE SLAPNUTZ - HOST)
- Arthur Koustas (THE GREEK GOD OF FM)
- Chris 'The Ferret' Feretopoulos (Late night and overnight shows incorporating 'The Midnight Megamix' with DJ Harry)
- Kat & Jorgia Georgakopoulos aka "The City Sisters"
- Shane Ryan
- Jason Shaw (Music Director)
- John Fucci
- Vlad (Promotions Manager)
- Funky Phil Vasallo 'The Love God'
- Michael Grossbard (Weather Reporter)
- Gerry Burke
- James East
- Gary Maddick
- Steve Perry
- Michael Grech
- Kevin Donegan (Marketing & Accounts Manager)
The first broadcast was technically able within 48 hours from gaining tenancy access at the Moorabbin location. This required all preparatory work to be completed ahead of time, which was the case, and the studios just needed to function – thus were built using old desks, old wall dividers and office panels, milk crates and borrowed equipment.
The first temporary broadcast was presented over a period of 8 weeks on the frequency 91.5 MHz FM, the station was a great success with rapid audience take-up from the very first day of test broadcasting, till CITY FM ceased test broadcasting operations in 2001.
CityFM operated 3 more temporary broadcasts from its Moorabbin offices before moving to Level 2 - 227 Commercial Road South Yarra/Prahran, where it presented its final four temporary broadcasts.
The broadcast periods were:
- Broadcast 1: 8 weeks (Moorabbin) - (May 1, 1998, to June 30, 1998)
- Broadcast 2: 11 weeks (Moorabbin)
- Broadcast 3: 11 weeks (Moorabbin)
- Broadcast 4: 8 weeks (Moorabbin)
- Broadcast 5: 6 weeks (South Yarra)
- Broadcast 6: 6 weeks (South Yarra)
- Broadcast 7: 2 weeks (South Yarra) - Originally licensed for 4 weeks
- Broadcast 8: 4 weeks (South Yarra)
CityFM was operated by Central Melbourne FM Incorporated, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria), and although it submitted a comprehensive application for a full-time licence - internal divisions and related disruptions to administration (from broadcast 7 onwards), management and licensed temporary broadcast time (Broadcast 7) led to the Australian Broadcasting Authority's (ABA) decision not to issue a licence to City FM on the basis that it did not have the management capacity to operate either a temporary or ongoing broadcasting service. CityFM was in competition for the inner city licence with Joy Melbourne. Joy Melbourne was the successful applicant for the 94.9 FM Inner City licence, which was allocated on 21 December 2001.
In recent times, since the issue of full-time licences in 2001, the organisation (Central Melbourne FM Incorporated) itself has lapsed through nil activity.
Melbourne radio stationsEdit
- Archived Site
- Australian Broadcasting Authority Licence Allocation Report December, 2001
- City Facebook page