Bega's community radio station 93.7 Edge FM has just notched up 20 years of continuous broadcasting.
To celebrate this milestone, Edge FM will be holding an open day and free barbecue at the station at the Old Bega Hospital at south Bega tomorrow from 11am.
Join Edge volunteers and enjoy the live music, raffles and lots of giveaways.
There is will also be an anniversary dinner will be held tomorrow night at Graces @ Club Bega from 7pm.
Bookings for the dinner are essential, call 6492 4202.
All members, past members, sponsors and interested people are invited to attend the celebration.
Edge FM is also offering half price membership from now until the end of August, so you can join for as little as $8.50. The celebrations have been made possible by the assistance of The Community Broadcasting Foundation, Coast hire, Bega Valley Meats, Bakers Delight and the Bega District News.
Edge FM sprang from humble beginnings when to aspirant groups, Bega Valley Community Radio Group (formed 1991) and Sapphire Stereo Radio (formed 1993) came together.
Test broadcasts were commenced in March 1993, transmitting for two weeks from a recording studio in Upper St, Bega.
In August 1993 the studio and transmitter were moved to the present building at the Old Bega Hospital.
The group received their full-time Temporary Community Broadcasting License in February 1998 and broadcasting was extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The long awaited goal of a full-time license was achieved in 2000and in 2001 the transmitter was moved to a much better position on Dr George Mountain, to the east of Bega.
This dramatically improved Edge FM’s coverage and greatly increased the potential audience.
The next big challenge on the horizon is the conversion to digital, although this may take some time.
Edge FM provides an eclectic mix of music and interesting programs and are always looking for new volunteers, you can present your own program or help out in the library, the office, or generally around the station.
For more information call 6492 4202, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit edgefm.org.au.