Lake Macquarie FM formerly known as Radio Yesteryear is a not for profit organisation operated entirely by a group of volunteers who have a passion and love of music since its inception back in 1989.
Bruce Carty who at one stage held the Guinness Book of World Records title for the longest on air broadcast whilst he was working for Coast FM had a life long dream to one day work his own radio station. Bruce and his wife Kay one day tried to obtain a full licence on the Central Coast but weren't able to get one in that licence area so moved to obtain a licence in the Lake Macquarie region. They were able to obtain a Narrowcast licence which required a special radio to listen, selling these to fellow enthusiasts the narrowcast frequency began broadcasting as Nostalgia Media and Radio Yesteryear Inc. was born.
RYY held a temporary narrowcast licence for around 18 years before obtaining a permanent licence for 97.3fm in Lake Macquarie in 2010. As part of the licence requirements the radio station needed premises in Lake Macquarie and moved to the Halekulani Bowling Club in September 2011 with the assistance of Gary Attrill who was then president of Radio Yesteryear Inc liaising with the club.
Steve Armstrong, Gary's right hand man battled alongside the President tooth & nail to keep the station on air through many a change including becoming known as a community radio station and moving to the present frequency of 97.3 FM. Gary Attrill retired as President in 2013 but still hosts a well-supported and interesting program each Saturday morning.
In the past eighteen months the Station has moved forward from strength to strength. It broadcasts 24 hours-a-day over the 7 days a week. We have seen a handful of presenters who hosted shows 7am - 6pm grow to 29 presenters in September 2013 now hosting between 6:30am - midnight across 7 days a week.
From midnight until our breakfast shows that begin at 6:30am, a computer plays easy listening music and our station breaks and announcements. The Station has its programs streamed across the internet on a 24 hour basis and we have recently had congratulatory messages from many parts of the World. In September 2013 the members resolved to change the name from Radio yesteryear to Lake Macquarie FM.
The most notable feature at the station is the manner in which the new presenters have stepped up to the plate to be involved with the station and its activities in the Lake Macquarie community. We love the vigour and enthusiasm that comes with new blood and we believe Lake Macquarie will continue to move forward in the months to come. We constantly have potential presenters knocking on our doors that want to live their dream and aspire to join our team of volunteers and present programs on air.
Our presenters and supporters also engage with our listeners by attending markets and festivals in the broadcasting area around the Lake Macquarie Region. Since June 2013, we are now regularly running dances and conducting fundraising activities to assist with our future development and the updating of our equipment. We pride ourselves on our service to the Lake Macquarie Regionís non-profit community organisations by providing free announcements of events and activities for them during our broadcasts.
PETER TWEAKING THE SYSTEM
GORDEN WORKING HARD
DECK WIRED FOR SOUND
Caravan Donated by Coast FM
Used at Various Markets
Fully Equipped for Broadcasts
Station Entry Door
FIRE SILENCES THE AIRWAVES AT LAKE MACQUARIE FM INC
The fires of 17th October 2013 destroyed Lake Macquarie FM aerials & transmission equipment at the site of the "Big Prawn" Fraser Park, Pacific Highway. The building that carried the aerial was completely destroyed in the fires and left us with nowhere from where to set-up new transmission equipment and aerials.
Work began immediately to source loan equipment and ferret out an alternative site. Money has trickled in from supporters and listeners in the form of donations and fundraising efforts and a grant has been offered from the Community Broadcasting Federation with conditions attached which will need to be address before we can receive the monies offered. This money will all go a long way toward raising part if the more than $21,000 required to re-establish what we lost in the fires.
We were very fortunate due to burned out bushland to spot a site amongst the devastation within the Wyong Shire, and have now set-up a temporary aerial and transmission equipment and returned to air on Thursday 7th November 2013, 3 weeks after the fires, all-be-it at a half strength signal.
We, along with our team of dedicated workers, continue to work towards regaining our full strength signal and bring Lake Macquarie FM Inc. back onto the page we they were before the fires. We'll continue to raised funds to purchase the replacement equipment ordered from Italy, source a telegraph pole or concrete pole of suitable height as well as get all that equipment installed
A fundraising golf day at Morisset Country Club was held 25th November 2013. The final figure still to be determined when all pledges have been paid.
Our thanks goes out to EVERYONE who has been instrumental in the process so far, however insignificant, we appreciate your efforts and couldn't have done it without all your support.
Arial Transmission equipment at the Big Prawn, before and after the fires of October 7th 2013
Big Prawn (circa 2009) Aerial on Roof
Transmitter Secure in Housing
Paul Points to Equipment After Fire
Area Effected by Fires of October 17th 2013
Fires Hit & Consume The BIG PRAWN
Aerial is Seen Black & Destroyed Beyond Repair
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RAY AT THE CONTROLS
BROADCASTING TO THE COMMUNITY