Phoenix makes a mark

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 11-Jan-2018

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Councillor Andrea Metcalf with Phoenix FM member John Hall.
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CELEBRATION was in the air on Saturday, as Phoenix FM marked their 10th anniversary.

They held their first transmissions on January 7, 2008 for a two-week stint on the 89.5fm frequency.

A full time licence was granted in March, 2010 and Phoenix moved to 106.7fm.

Business manager Anne Conway said as the day of the celebration approached there was considerable concern as a result of the weather forecasts.

“The event was locked in and just had to go ahead. And it did,” Ms Conway said.

“We organised plenty of shade and hydration.”

An estimated 200 people visited the Phoenix FM studio premises on the day.

“Many of them were members or former members plus many of our listeners. Four City of Greater Bendigo councillors also took time out from their busy schedules to spend time at the station,” Ms Conway said.

“The event was funded by a City of Greater Bendigo community grant and it was great to have the councillors there.”

Children enjoyed the jumping castle and the face painting, and some of the more senior members also had their faces painted. 

“We went through almost seven kilograms of sausages on the day so obviously the sausage sizzle was very popular, full points to those who manned it in the heat,” Ms Conway said.

Local band, Steppin’ Back also entertained as did local artists Floreena Forbes and Olive Bice.

“Phoenix FM put a considerable amount of these performances live to air as well as conducting interviews, playing archival material and reminiscing over our 10 fantastic years to date,” Ms Conway said.

“Phoenix FM stands testament to just what determination and hard work can do.

“The equipment used is state of the art and Phoenix FM was the first local community radio station to stream live on the world wide web.”

Phoenix FM broadcasts the council meetings each month and is involved in a wide range of community activities.

Phoenix FM is still a 100 per cent volunteer organisation and relies on financial support from the community through sponsorship.

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