Category: News

ANZAC Day on your community radio station

ANZAC Day commemoration

From just before 6:00am on April 25, 3BBR will pay respect to the more than 1.5 million men and women who have served Australia in all conflicts, wars and peacekeeping operations.  It will also be a time to remember some 103,000 Australians who lost their lives while serving.

We will include a reading of the traditional ode and one minute reflection before the 6:00am News, followed by special one hour ANZAC Day program produced by Paul Strickland.  The program will feature Australian poetry written at the time, Gippsland history and music reflecting our remembrance.

Take our 3BBR Listener Survey

3BBR Wordcloud

We’re keen to find out more about who listens to us, and what you enjoy most so we can better serve you and our community.

Please take a minute or two for your Community Radio station. It’s completely anonymous.

“Gippsland Live” features the 2024 Boolarra Folk Festival

Boolarra Folk Festival 2024

3BBR-FM was there for the 21st Anniversary of the multi-award winning Boolarra Folk Festival, recording every concert for Gippsland Live, our weekly showcase of local live performances.

Again, thousands of people flocked to Boolarra in early March for the festival, a completely free community event held at Boolarra’s Memorial Hall on the Friday night, and around Centennial Park throughout Saturday.

Gippsland Live (heard 8:00pm Wed & 2:00pm Fri) begins broadcasting concerts from the festival on April 10, and then fortnightly to include other recordings at local venues on alternate weeks.

First up is the stunning opening act from Friday night, the finger-slidin’ gutsy blues guitar and voice of Steph Fischer-Ivancsy with the Bad Jackets. Steph’s unique brand of blues rock is a throbbing, stomping, wailing blast cut through with a voice that will bring you to your knees.

Steph Fischer-Ivancsy and The Bad JacketsTodd Cook and The Rufous Whistlers, Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers, guitarist Stephen McCulloch in fine voice, the amazing Tim Scanlan and Mana Okubo with Tim playing foot percussion, guitar, harmonica and singing all at the same time, plus trad. jazz fusion from Shirazz are just some of the many fine acts to follow in subsequent programs.

“Once again there were great performances, and we appreciate the help of the Festival and performers in allowing us to share the musicianship and community spirit,” said producer/engineer Garry Havrillay, “We’re also thrilled to be able to give these under-represented and emerging artists a chance to be heard more widely via Community Radio.” *

Tune in to 103.1FM on Wednesday nights at 8.00pm or Friday afternoons at 2:00pm, stream online via or the Community Radio Plus App, or listen later via our audio-on-demand  service at

* Special thanks go out to live sound engineer Brett van Hoorne for his generous help in catering to our needs for recording for broadcast.

Broadcast schedule for 2024 Boolarra Festival concerts
Wed April 10 @8pm
Fri April 12 @2pm
Steph Fischer-Ivancsy & The Bad Jackets
Stephen McCulloch Pt.1
Wed April 24 @8pm
Fri April 26 @2pm
Stephen McCulloch Pt.2
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Wed May 8 @8pm
Fri May 10 @2pm
Shirazz Trad. Jazz Band
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.1
Wed May 22 @8pm
May 24 @2pm
Tim Scanlan & Mana Okubo Pt.2
Meg Doherty & band
Wed June 5 @8pm
Fri June 7 @2pm
Strzelecki Stringbusters
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.1
Wed June 19 @8pm
June 21 @2pm
Todd Cook & the Rufous Whistlers
Mast Gully Fellers Pt.2
Wed July 3 @8pm
Fri July 5 @2pm
Wed July 17 @8pm
Fri July 19 @2pm
Wed July 31 @8pm
Fri Aug 2 @2pm
… more to follow …

Ronan Apcar at the piano

Ronan Apcar at Yarragon Studio

The 3BBR-FM Concert Hall on Sunday 14th April at 2:00pm featured the recent concert recording of the extraordinary young pianist, Ronan Apcar, recorded by 3BBR at Yarragon Studio on March 24, 2024.

Ronan explained the background to his intriguing and varied program throughout this fine performance of works by;

  • Dulcie Holland
  • J.S. Bach – F. Busoni
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Ronan Apcar
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara
  • Carter Pann

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

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

Schedule changes – April – Update

Tom Beauchamp

It’s great to have more local presenters coming on board at 3BBR…

Tom Beauchamp returns to 3BBR with Time Traveller; sounds from the past to the present, Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm. As we prioritise local voices and live programs, this means shuffling a few programs from the Community Radio Network.

Sadly, after only two programs, Robynne D’s new program The Best of the Best will not continue for personal reasons 🙁 We’re crossing our fingers that she’ll return in the near future.

Also, have you discovered Radiowave? It’s a new program of mostly contemporary popular music presented live by Kurt Velasquez, every Saturday between 1:00 and 3:00pm.

  • The AMRAP Charts Show moves to Friday night at 10:00pm
  • the fabulously chilled Music for Beaches displaces The Folk Show  on Thursdays at 6:00pm (still heard at 6:00am Saturday, and destined for a weekday daytime replay in the near future)
  • Australian Music is Bloody Great and Recorded Live move later on Friday night to midnight.
  • Warragul Community House will take a break, with it’s last program on Tuesday April 2. We’ll play Australian music in its place.
  • “Top of the Pops” from the BBC is being retired.

In March we replaced “Spotlight” with “Jump Children” at 12 noon on Saturdays, a exciting fresh take on blues, r&b and soul.


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.

Contra Guitar Duo in concert

Contra Guitar Duo

The 3BBR-FM Concert Hall on Sunday 7th April at 2:00pm featured the recent concert recording of the extraordinary Contra Guitar duo, Emma-Shay and Hamish Strathdee, recorded by 3BBR at Wesley of Warragul on March 16, 2024.

This fabulous concert featured a compelling program of works by;

  • Domenico Scarlatti
  • Johann Kasper Mertz
  • Phillip Houghton
  • Maria Grenfell
  • Ross Edwards
  • Alexandre Tansman
  • Clarice Assad

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

3BBR FM… proudly supporting local fine music.

Brian Chapman and Friends in Concert

Susan Pierotti, Brian Chapman and Rosanne hunt

On Sunday 24th March, the 3BBR Concert Hall broadcast Wesley of Warragul’s season opening concert with Brian Chapman (piano), Susan Pierotti (violin) and Rosanne Hunt (cello).

This superb program included;

  • Beethoven: Sonata No.4 in C major for Cello and Piano, Op.102 No.1
  • Frank: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano
  • Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op.49

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

3BBR-FM… proudly supporting local fine music with exclusive concert recordings in West Gippsland.

Yarragon Studio Festival Closing Concert

Yarragon Festival closing concert, 2 March 2024

On Sunday 17th March from 2:00pm, the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall featured the closing concert at St Jarlath’s Church from the recent Yarragon Studio Festival.

To close this stunning festival of four sold-out concerts on 2nd March 2024, four amazing musicians brought the audience to their feet in a cheering ovation after an incredible program of music from Bach to Piazzola, arranged for saxophone (Niels Bijl), violin (Kyla Matsuura-Miller), flute (Eliza Shepherd) and bandoneon (Stephen Cuttriss).

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

3BBR-FM… proudly supporting local fine music with exclusive concert recordings in West Gippsland.

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 featured 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