5GTRFM is the call sign for Mount Gambier’s Community Radio Station. South East Community Radio Access Radio is the incorporated body that runs the radio station. It was the idea of a few community members back in the early 1980’s that formed the group & after expressions of interest from locals the project was given the go-ahead and an application was submitted to the Australian Broadcasting Authority. The assigned broadcasting frequency was 105.7MHz.
The original studios of 5GTRFM were built in the Odeon Plaza in Commercial Street West, and our transmitter was located on the Mount Gambier Hospital on Lake Terrace. Following a few test broadcasts in late 1982 & early 1983 the Official broadcasting of 5GTRFM commenced on July 1st 1983.
The station was officially opened by the Premier of South Australia Mr. John Bannon on September 19th 1983. At the time 5GTRFM was the only community radio station outside of the Metropolitan area in South Australia. In the late 1980’s the station had to re-locate to new premises, and found the building on Penola Road that belonged to the Mount Gambier Caledonian Society. Studios, Record Library & offices were constructed. This was to be the home of the station for only about 6 years.
Following the sale of the building 5GTRFM then had to make a move again in the mid 1990’s. The board was able to receive a loan from the city council to purchase premises to give a continuous home for the station. 25 Alexander Street was purchased and hundreds of hours of work went into renovating the building to construct studios, offices & to give the station a permanent home.
The station is currently run by a Board of Management with 9 Voting 9. 5GTRFM has over a dozen life members and around 150 financial members & with almost 50 presenters bringing community radio programmes to the people of Mount Gambier.
The programmes cover many music demographics. Our programming includes Blues, Middle of The Road, Classical, Country, Metal, Indigenous, German, Italian, Dutch, World, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Golden Oldies from the 40’s to the 60’s & also the current top 40.
If people wish to present a programme on 5GTRFM they are required to sign up as a member & undergo some training in a second studio until ready to be given an on-air programme. We are always looking at different programmes as the more we can offer listeners, helps us to be a part of the community.
In December 2004, 5GTRFM changed its frequency following a variation to the License Area Plan from the ABA. New antenna’s were purchased & erected at our transmission site on Hawkins road to allow our Broadcast on 100.1MHz. This change in LAP was done to allow a new National service into our area & to allocate a second community license which was allocated to Rhema Radio after they had a temporary license for a number of years.
Our service on 100.1 officially began on December 10th 2004, and with an increase in broadcast power we now have a clearer signal in our broadcast area where we had some interference previously.
Please tune into 5GTRFM on 100.1 when you are next in the South East of SA or Western Victoria. Our programme schedule is available on-line here & we hope that you can support our sponsors when you are here.