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Guitar and Harp Duo, Andrew Blanch and Emily Grainger in Concert

Emily Granger and Andrew Blanch

The 3BBR FM Concert Hall on Sunday 3 March at 2:00pm features the recent recording made by 3BBR-FM of the extraordinary combination of guitar and harp duo, Andrew Blanch and Emily Grainger. It was the 2024 Concert Season opener at Yarragon Studio.

This fine concert marked their Australian CD Launch Tour of ‘Suite Mágica’ and features works by;

  • PEREIRA – Fantasia Concertante
  • KATS-CHERNIN – Fleeting Encounters
  • WHITWELL – Tiny Dances
  • GRANADOS – Spanish Dance VI
  • COELHO – Forest Stories
  • PUJOL – Suite Magica

Missed the broadcast? Listen back via our radio-on-demand service.

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

3BBR Art Raffle – Paintings by Margaret L. Dawson

Art Raffle winners David Butcher (C), his wife Kim (L) & 3BBR's Graeme Marriott (R)

…and the winner is… David Butcher, pictured here with his wife Kim, being presented with their prize by 3BBR’s Graeme Marriott. 

Victorian artist Margaret L. Dawson generously donated two framed paintings to coincide with her exhibition at the West Gippsland Arts Centre which continues until Friday March 1.

The sole winner of these beautiful paintings was drawn and announced on-air on Thursday 15 February 2024 at 1pm during Susan Burton’s program In The Mood

3BBR is raising funds for much-needed equipment to broadcast live from local community events. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS of the '3BBR 2024 Art Raffle – Paintings by Margaret L. Dawson'

Ticket sales are not refundable.

Ticket sales open on Monday 27 November 2023 at 9am and close on Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 5pm ("The raffle period").

Maximum 1000 tickets are available.  Entrants must provide contact details at the time of purchase in order to be eligible to win. Contact details must legibly show first name and surname, plus a phone number, and either a valid email address or postal address.

There is one prize of two framed paintings donated by Margaret L Dawson valued at $2,335.00. There are no other prizes on offer. The prize cannot be redeemed for cash or anything else. The winner will need to collect the paintings in person by arrangement with 3BBR.

Tickets can be purchased face-to-face for $5.00 each, or online via for $5.00 each plus $1.75 postage and handling per transaction.  Tickets purchased online require immediate credit card payment. 

Two free tickets will be allocated and mailed to each individual who joins 3BBR as new  Supporter or Member during the raffle period, on the condition that a valid email and postal address is provided.  Organisations and Families will be treated as an individual in this case.

The winner will be drawn randomly at the studios of 3BBR on Thursday 15 February 2024 just prior to 1pm and announced on air immediately afterwards. Scrutineers are welcome on premises at 4 Oak Street Drouin for the draw.  All entrants in the draw consent to having their name and general location revealed on air and published online after the draw if chosen as winner.

All 3BBR Presenters and Office bearers active since 1 August 2023 are ineligible to win and will be discarded if drawn.

Photographs of the paintings are still available online at

Schedule changes – February

Deadly Beats

The National Indigenous Music Chart is no longer being compiled, so Goolarri Media in Broome have wound up the NIMA Charts Countdown  show heard at 3.00pm on Saturdays.

In its place on Feb 17, a special concert recorded on January 26 highlighting indigenous culture, music and language.

From Feb 24 from 3.00-4.00pm, we’ll bring you a new diverse indigenous music program of RnB, soul and hip-hop made by Radio Adelaide called Deadly Beats.

On Tuesday nights, we recently swapped Global Village  with the one hour version of Garry Havrillay’s locally-made Continental Drift  now heard at 10.00pm.  Garry brings you cross-cultural music of the world with many new and forthcoming album releases.  Global Village is now heard at midnight.

In case you missed January changes…

Sadly “Service Voices” is no longer being produced for the Community Radio Network. In its place at 7:30am Saturdays, “Lost in Science” brings you a gamut of the latest science news and issues.

At 7pm on Wednesdays, we bring you “Music for Beaches“, a top new show from 2SER of downtempo, mostly chilled-out, mostly electronic music. This replaces “100% Home Grown” which has also retired.

On Christmas Eve we bid farewell to Scripture and Song and thank Heidi Gifford for her strong commitment and contribution to 3BBR over the years.

In its place from Sunday December 31, Pastor Russel Blanchard’s Family Time at Calvary extends from 8.00am to 10.00am, as it begins its eighth year on 3BBR! That also means we farewell Russel’s Gospel Sounds of West Gippsland on Tuesday December 26, and we thank him too for producing this program.

This helps us consolidate our global music focus on Tuesday evenings;

  • 6.00 to 8.00pm — Seth Jordan’s Tiki Lounge Remix  with tropical, dub reggae and global sounds
  • 8.00 to 10.00pm — Sam Nicita’s Echoes of Italy focussing on Italian pop tunes
  • 10.00 to 11.00pm — Garry Havrillay’s Continental Drift highlights cross-cultural music of the world with many new and forthcoming album releases (one hour version made for the Community Radio Network).
  • 11.00pm to Midnight — a replay of Rural News from the Gippsland Regional News team
  • Midnight to 1.00am — Habib’s Global Village  covers a wide range of traditional and pop music from around the world

Wednesdays at 5pm – We’re introducing a fun new show from community radio in the ACT called Jump Children, with Steve presenting vintage R&B and blues with a dash of soul.

So, Aussie Music Weekly  will move to Saturday night replacing a replay of Blues, Roots & Boots (still heard at 5pm Tuesdays).

For many years, our overnight jukebox has been pumping out music of the 50s and 60s. We know that many of you have enjoyed that during sleepless nights, but we’ve decided to move on and give a lot more exposure to Australian artists. We’ll be introducing a playlist of 100% Aussie performers and releases since 1990, and we hope you will enjoy the change.

As always, if you have feedback about our schedule, please get in touch. Visit our contact page for the many ways you can do that.

Our full schedule is at where you can also download a PDF copy to print and keep.

Australia Day: 3BBR live from Civic Park

3BBR live from Civic Park Drouin

Listen back to our broadcast on Fri 26th January. This was your opportunity meet the 3BBR team, as Graeme Marriott presented ‘Rock Archives‘ live from Civic Park from 9:00 – 11:00am. 3BBR took part in Drouin Rotary’s 2024 event held in Civic Park, Drouin that brings local community organisations together for Australia Day.

Genesis Baroque Concert

Genesis Baroque

Melbourne’s acclaimed Genesis Baroque was recorded live in Warragul by 3BBR. Listen back to our broadcast in the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall from Sun Dec 3 at 2.00pm for exhilarating performances of the Mozart Horn Quintet and the Septet in E by Beethoven.

Recorded at Wesley of Warragul exclusively for 3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

MOZART – Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407
BEETHOVEN – Septet in E flat major, Op.20

Missed the broadcast? Listen back via our radio-on-demand service.

‘Ode to Minimalism’ concert in the 3BBR Concert Hall

Duo Kirsanova-Lewis

In the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall on Sunday 26 Nov at 2.00pm we present another concert from the Yarragon Studio season, featuring the Kirsanova-Lewis Duo of Violin and Piano in a captivating and compelling program titled, ‘Ode to Minimalism’.

A musical journey into less familiar territory of 20th and 21st century music, and another concert recorded exclusively for 3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

Sofija Kirsanova – violin
Georgina Lewis – piano

Ann Southam – Soundstill, for solo piano
Nadia Boulanger – Improvisation
John Adams – Road Movies
Peteris Vasks – Sonata estiva (Summer sonata) for solo violin
Platon Buravicky – Engela skatiens (Angel’s sight)

Missed the broadcast? Listen back via our radio-on-demand service.

2023 Gippsland Fine Music Festival broadcast

Luke Severn and Elyane Laussade

Listen back these superb performances from this year’s Festival in the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall, Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm – 4:00pm.

Concert 4: Sunday 5 November, 2.00pm
Luke Severn, cello and Elyane Laussade, piano
Program: Works for Cello and Piano by Chopin, Bartok and Piazzola
Including the Bach Solo Cello Suite No. 1, plus Solo Piano works by Chopin and Mompou

Concert 3: Sunday 29 October, 2.00pm
Kristen Leich, mezzo and Elyane Laussade, piano
Program: Arias by Handel, Mozart & Rossini
12 Variations for Piano by Mozart
Liebestraum and Rigoletto variations by Liszt
Elgar Sea Pictures
Cabaret Songs by William Bolcom

Concert 2: Sunday 22 October, 2.00pm
Duo Cellos, Luke Severn and Timothy Hennessey
Program: Sonatas for 2 Cellos by Vivaldi & Barriere, Duet by Kummer and Phoenix Story  by Elena Kats-Chernin.

Concert 1: Sunday 15 October, 2.00pm
The Seraphim Trio
Program: Piano Trios by Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann, and the ‘Archduke’ Trio by Beethoven.

Look for the audio player on the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall program page.

3BBR Open Day – Sat 14 Oct

On air interviews - 14 Oct 2023

To coincide with the launch of the Baw Baw Community Hub, 3BBR threw open its doors between 10am and 2pm, and we have photos to prove it!

We broadcast a special program live from the forecourt at 4 Oak Street Drouin from 10am – 2pm, where we heard from community members about the Hub, with live music from Meg Dougherty, Sage Anderson and The Original Covers.

It was great to see come of you there visiting our studios, and learning more about what’s involved in volunteer Community Radio. Thanks to all our 3BBR Members who helped make it all go very smoothly.

The Original Covers - 14 Oct 2023
The Original Covers play live to air

Joseph Baraké, Greg King, Ian Hill, Big John Meyer
Joseph Baraké, Greg King, Ian Hill, Big John Meyer

Meg Dougherty - 14 Oct 2023
Meg Dougherty

Stalls - 14 Oct 2023

Studio 1

José Meyer chats to Paul Strickland - 14 Oct 2023José Meyer, Garry Havrillay and Paul Strickland

Sage Anderson - 14 Oct 2023
Sage Anderson performing live to air

 - 14 Oct 2023
Meg Dougherty plays live to air

3BBR’s Broadcast Licence renewed

3BBR Wordcloud

3BBR FM has recently been granted a renewal of its broadcast licence for another 5 years.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority reviews broadcast licences on a regular basis and has found that 3BBR-FM is meeting it’s service requirements.

Marking the continuation, the Board has recently approved a refresh of the program schedule aimed at improving the listening flow, grouping themes and music styles together to achieve a better listening flow. This new schedule begins on Sunday October 8.

  • Our weekday daytime programs will still largely bring you familiar tunes from the 60s to the 80s
  • Mon-Fri Breakfast will be presented live to include news on the hour from 6 to 9am with local information
  • Evenings and weekends aim to better connect musical threads and specialist programs;
    • Monday evenings have a country & roots focus
    • Tuesdays night goes from gospel to global
    • Wednesday evenings feature a big range of Australian new music, emerging artists and local performances
    • late Wed and Thursday nights features a strong lineup of jazz and fusion
    • Friday evenings still feature local community issues and relishes contemporary and independent music
    • Saturdays flow from country to pop, indigenous & reggae onto blues and rock into the late evening
    • Sundays connect jazz ideas to global music, ambient, neo-classical and classical performances, onto our familiar of evening of nostalgia.

David Bridie concert replay on “Gippsland Live” – Oct 11 and 18

David Bridie

3BBR was delighted to record iconic pianist, composer and activist David Bridie (My Friend The Chocolate Cake / Not Drowning, Waving) at Wesley of Warragul  on 28 May 2023.

3BBR is giving a repeat broadcast of this concert in two parts on Gippsland Live, our weekly showcase of local live performance.  Tune in on Wednesday 11th & 18th October 2023 from 8pm to hear the whole performance (Gippsland Live is now repeated on Friday afternoons at 2pm).

As we’d hoped, David gave a warm and intimate performance from the piano, in a retrospective of his often restrained and thoughtful songs from throughout his career.  He subtly embellished his songs and stories with wild sound or gentle sampled beats, while electric guitarist Rosie Excess drew on his broad sonic palette of often cello-like and plaintive sounds.