89.9 LightFM

89.9 LightFM is a Christian community radio station in Melbourne, Australia. It broadcasts on 89.9 LightFM (3TSC) from studios at 333 Mitcham Road, in Mitcham and a transmitter on Mount Dandenong attracting more than a million listeners per month.[2]

89.9 LightFM
Broadcast areaMelbourne, Victoria[1]
SloganMelbourne's Positive Alternative
FrequencyFM: 89.9 MHz
DAB+: VHF block 9A
First air date19 December 2001 (2001-12-19)
FormatContemporary Christian music
Language(s)English
ERPFM: 30 kW
Callsign meaning3 - Victoria
Triple Seven Communications
OwnerLightMelbourne
(Light Melbourne Inc.)
WebcastWeb stream
Website89.9 LightFM

History

The station's beginnings can be traced to 1977 when Melbourne Christian Radio was founded[3] It conducted test broadcasts in 1980, 1981, and 1982, as 3MGR before purchasing air time on commercial station 3DB.

The organisation that runs 89.9 LightFM was formerly called Triple Seven Communications. They conducted a three-month temporary broadcast in late 2001 and was informed in December of that year that they were successful for one of the four community licences available from the Australian Broadcasting Authority, now the Australian Communications and Media Authority.[4] 89.9 LightFM began full-time permanent broadcasting on Sunday 1 December 2002.[3][5]

In January 2017 it was announced that 89.9 LightFM reaches 1,040,000 people every month.[2]

Initiatives

LightNews

89.9 LightFM has its own dedicated news service that provides hourly updates throughout the day, and every half an hour during the breakfast (6am-9am) program. Previously, 89.9 LightFM had broadcast the Macquarie National News program every hour.

Nine News simulcast

An exclusive simulcast of Nine News Melbourne at 18:00 with Peter Hitchener, Tony Jones and Livinia Nixon airs at 18:00 every night of the week, except if the Nine Network is covering the cricket or the NRL Grand Final. The newsreader for that night chats with 89.9 LightFM every afternoon, previewing the bulletin at 18:00 hours.

Careline

The 89.9 LightFM Careline is a supportive service for people that need prayer, an explanation of Christianity, or simply an understanding ear. Where requested callers can be referred to a local church. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund has assisted with the operating costs of the Careline in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Digital radio

89.9 LightFM is simulcast on Digital Radio in Melbourne.

LightDigital is a digital station broadcasting 100% Christian music, and was launched on 1 December 2011

LightChristmas broadcasts every year from early December through to early January online. In 2014, for the first time, LightChristmas appeared as a 'pop up' digital radio station.

Presenters

89.9 LightFM on-air team

The presenters of 89.9 LightFM these include Lucy Holmes, Kel McWilliam, Leroy Brown, Cam Want, Erica Davis, Luke Holt, Susie Holt, Azzan Schuster, Clayton Bjelan, MJ Want and Allan Martin, as well as the Nine News Melbourne team

Shows

89.9 LightFM has many full-time and some part-time announcers employed at the radio station.

On-air schedule

Weekdays:

  • 00:00-05:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 05:00-05:30 | Insight for Living
  • 05:30-06:00 | Focus On The Family
  • 06:00-09:00 | Lucy and Kel
  • 09:00-15:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 15:00-18:00 | Erica
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-22:00 | Luke and Susie
  • 22:00-23:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 23:00-23:30 | Focus On The Family
  • 23:30-00:00 | A Different Perspective with Berni Dymet

Saturday:

  • 00:00-05:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 05:00-05:30 | Insight for Living
  • 05:30-06:00 | History Makers
  • 06:00-10:00 | Saturday Brekky with Leroy
  • 10:00-12:00 | Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Saturday with Lucy and Kel
  • 12:00-18:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-00:00 | LightFM's Saturday Party Mix

Sunday:

  • 00:00-05:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 05:00-05:30 | In Touch
  • 05:30-06:00 | Christianity Works
  • 06:00-10:00 | Experience Church with Allan Martin
  • 10:00-12:00 | Weekly Top 20 with MJ Want
  • 12:00-18:00 | Melbourne's Positive Alternative
  • 18:00-19:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00-21:00 | In Conversation with Clayton
  • 21:00-21:30 | Bigger Questions
  • 21:30-22:00 | Worship Music
  • 22:00-22:30 | Connect with Rob Buckingham
  • 22:30-00:00 | The Green Room with Cam Want

LightDigital on-air schedule

Weekdays:

  • Between all programs LightDigital Music Mix plays. News and Weather updates every hour from 6am-5pm
  • 06:00 | Just thinking
  • 06:30 | Our Daily Bread
  • 06:40 | A Different Perspective
  • 07:30 | Bible Reading
  • 16:30 | Bible Reading
  • 18:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00 | Insight for Living
  • 20:00 | Message of the Day
  • 21:00 | Focus on the Family US
  • 22:00 | Bible Reading
  • 23:00 | Our Daily Bread

Saturday:

  • 06:00 | Life and Faith
  • 06:30 | Our Daily Bread
  • 07:30 | Bible Reading
  • 16:30 | Bible Reading
  • 18:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00 | TCM Top 30 Countdown
  • 21:00 | Velocity

Sunday:

  • 05:00 | Messages of Hope
  • 06:00 | Insight For Living Weekend
  • 06:30 | Our Daily Bread
  • 07:30 | Bible Reading
  • 08:00 | History Makers
  • 16:30 | Bible Reading
  • 18:00 | Nine News Exclusive Simulcast
  • 19:00 | Light & Life
  • 20:00 | Bigger Questions
  • 21:00 | Focus On The Family Australia
  • 22:00 | Bible Reading
  • 23:00 | Our Daily Bread

Music

Christian

89.9 LightFM plays a wide array of music of both Christian and secular. Christian music on the station is generally a mixture of pop, modern rock, and gospel. 89.9 LightFM plays up to 40% Christian music not including Christian songs from mainstream artists such as U2.

Mainstream

89.9 LightFM generally play a mix of adult contemporary music. This makes up the other 60% of music they play. This quite often results in the station playing songs from the Billboard 100 Adult Contemporary. They also include music from the Top 40 Australia and United States singles charts. However, they still play a variety of pop and Soft rock songs from the 1990s and early 2000s.

References

  1. "MELBOURNE RA1" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. "Be a Light to a Million! | 89.9 LightFM". 89.9 LightFM.
  3. LightFM. "LightFM History". Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. "Allocation of four community radio broadcasting licences for Melbourne" (PDF). Australian Broadcasting Authority. p. 188. Archived from the original (pdf) on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2007.
  5. "Community Radio Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). Australian Communications and Media Authority. 19 December 2006. p. 27. Archived from the original (pdf) on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2007.

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