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Building works at 3BBR

Under Construction

Building works on site at 3BBR mean temporary changes to our schedule, and sadly, some of our live programs will be on hold until mid-October.

Baw Baw Shire is undertaking building works and major redevelopment right next door in the same building as 3BBR. This is expected to take eight weeks from Monday 15 August. There will be noise, dust and safety issues.

During this time, we will have very limited access to our studios, and are asking all our presenters to pre-record at home. Unfortunately that’s not possible for everyone. We have little choice but to replace some programs that would normally be live until the works are complete. Our diligent trainer Tom is doing his best to provide urgent training and support to keep as many of your favourite shows on air as possible.

Our temporary program Schedule will be a work-in-progress, so please keep and eye on it. Thanks for your understanding.

Programs on hold throughout the building works are;

Tuesday
Graeme Marriott’s Music is My Beat  (3.00pm – 6.00pm)

Wednesday
Terri Trewin’s Time for Terri  (1.00pm – 3.00pm)
Sam Horner’s Sam’s Alternatives  (6.00pm – 8.00pm)

Friday
Graeme Marriott’s Rock Archives  (9.00am – 11.00am)
Russ Hughes’ Jokes, Jives and Jottings  (12.00pm – 2.00pm)
Peter Kessels’ Upbeat Soul  (3.00pm – 6.00pm)

Sunday
Graeme Marriott’s Sunday Night Applause  (6.00pm – 8.00pm)
Graeme Marriott’s Moments to Remember  (8.00pm – 10.00pm)

September Schedule Changes

Paul Strickland

From 3 Sept, we’re shuffling Saturday morning programs between 6.00am & 10.00am.

  • 6.00am – Three Chords and the Truth
  • 7.00am – Real World Gardener
  • 7.30am – Service Voices
  • 8.00am – West Gippsland Week (replay)

We will still have News at 6.00am, 8.00am and 10.00am as before.

The ongoing building works at our studio site in Drouin essentially lock us out of the premises until complete. Sadly this has meant putting some of our live programs on hold. Learn more here…

Keep an eye on our schedule for full details.

 
In case you missed them, our August schedule changes were…

Tom Beauchamp wound up his Monday Night program Time Traveller on 25 July.

Beginning Mon 1st Aug 8.00pm – 9.00pm, The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century  is a multimedia healthy ageing project especially for Australians aged 55 and over. Now in it’s second season, hosts Lex Marinos and Patricia ‘Little Pattie’ Amphlett discuss issues affecting our ageing population, look back through time to legends of the past, and show you how to get your 2 cents worth as you get older.

Then from 9.00pm – 10.00pm, the Amrap Radio Program  which is a weekly wrap of what’s getting attention on community radio through the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. Spend some time with the songs, artists and industry players that use AMRAP to reach out to Community Radio broadcasters.

Transmitter works

Transmitter Tower

The technical side of keeping a radio station on air is usually well hidden.

Recently we invested in totally replacing the old battery backup system on Mt. Worth. This has not been a simple task. The work is now complete, and the batteries should keep the transmitter running for well over 10 hours if there is a mains power failure. All being well, you won’t even notice.

We apologise for a recent outage that was related to this work. Please understand that it takes time, effort and money to provide a robust and reliable backup.

Meanwhile, there will be improvements to our on-air sound in the months to come. This will require some substantial rewiring and installation at the Drouin studios. We’ll let you know more, and ask for your feedback when the time comes.

Best wishes from your technical crew at 3BBR!

Supporting 3BBR is now easier than ever

Rode mic

3BBR now accepts credit cards online. You can renew your Membership, donate, or become a new Supporter in less than two minutes!

Your financial support not only helps us pay the bills, but helps the station invest in upgrades to our studio, transmitter and backup equipment to make our service sound better and be more reliable.

Supporting your local community radio voice is now more important than ever.

Find the big orange buttons on any page, complete the form, and get that warm feeling knowing you are helping us provide a service that’s too often taken for granted.

New Presenters Needed

We’re always looking for new presenters and program ideas that support local and Australian artists and communities, so if you’ve always wanted to be on the radio (or help in other ways), apply now.  In particular, we’d love to have more women/non-binary people on board.  If you think of yourself as ‘young’, we ‘d also love to hear your fresh ideas. Your local community radio station is for everyone!

If Covid safety concerns you, as much as possible our schedule keeps live presenters apart, and we only have a small number of volunteers attending the station for the purposes of maintenance and cleaning.  Every local presenter who can pre-record their show remotely will still get to air.

So no matter who you are, step up and join us!

Find out more about how to become a 3BBR Presenter.

Presenter Spotlight: Terri Trewin

Terri Trewin

A belated welcome to Terri Trewin who is a recent arrival at 3BBR-FM. Terri presents “Time For Terri” on Thursdays from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. She loves playing anything ranging from the 1960s through to the 1980s, and her enthusiasm shines on air.

Terri came to 3BBR wanting to share the music she grew up with; artists such as Elvis, Abba, Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Bay City Rollers, Little River Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many others from that era.

She’s been through our Presenter mentoring and one-on-one training course, thanks to volunteers like Tom McGhee. We hope that Terri is an inspiration to other women who’d like to become part of our community radio station. Want to learn more? Become a Supporter/Member and get involved.

New Program: 3BBR Concert Hall

Joseph Barake

We are very pleased to have Joseph Baraké join 3BBR with his new weekly program “3BBR Concert Hall”, from 4.00pm – 6.00pm every Sunday afternoon.

Every week you’ll hear two hours of fine music showcasing Australian artists where possible. Concert Hall features composers which many listeners are familiar with, from the 16th Century through the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to composers of today.

Discover delightful works neglected in the past, with renewed enthusiasm and excitement for these finds from the dusty Libraries of Monasteries and Castles of Europe.

You can send your requests for future programs to

3BBR Presenters & Covid Safety

While we have two studios up and running and can comply with all government-mandated COVID requirements, our policy is to only allow live broadcasting when lockdowns are not in effect. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of them! Even though broadcasting is considered an essential service, this is for the safety of everyone. As much as possible, our schedule keeps live presenters apart, and we only have a small number of volunteers attending the station for the purposes of maintenance and cleaning.

Every local presenter who can pre-record their show remotely will still get to air. The return to “normality” will still take some time, so quality shows from the Community Radio Network (CRN) will inevitably be included in our program schedule ongoing. Remember to check the program schedule or Facebook for up-to-date information.

We love enlisting new presenters, and in particular we’d love to have more women and young people with fresh program ideas participate. We take COVID safety seriously and Announcer training is one-on-one by necessity.