Who we are

What kind of radio station is 3CR? Find out who's involved and our radical history.

Read the latest 3CR Annual Report.

About 3CR 

3CR Community Radio station's new mural
3CR is a dynamic, community hub that has produced radio since 1976.

We live in an old rabbit warren of a terrace building in Melbourne that has an exciting new mural by local artists Bindi Cole, Tom Civil and Reko Rennie.

3CR broadcasters present over 120 radio programs every week and listeners can tune in on 855AMstream live through the web or download podcasts of our shows.

The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working classwomenIndigenous people and the many community groups andcommunity issues discriminated against in and by the mass media.
 

Activism

3CR broadcasts from the Stolenwealth Games 2006
Many 3CR broadcasters are community activists and therefore uniquely placed to present alternative current affairs, news and views.

3CR stages a number of special broadcasts annually to promote human rights issues including Aboriginal rightswomen’s rights andworker’s rights.

When major social justice events are happening in Melbourne such as strikes, rallies and demonstrations 3CR is usually the first place socially justice minded people tune into. Read about our story below.

  

Community

3CR IWD 2012
Over 400 volunteer programmers present more than 120 programsthat go to air each week. The station broadcasts in approximately 20 languages including English, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Unlike almost all other media organisations in Australia, 3CR is genuinely owned by the community - by the groups and individuals who broadcast, and by the people who listen to the station.

Find out about volunteering.

  

Music

Applecore Live Outside Broadcast

3CR actively discriminates in favour of independent Australian artists and composers, and plays at least 55% Australian music.


Programming

Tent Embassy 2012

3CR provides programming of interest to a broad general audience and to specific interests groups. 

The expertise of presenters comes from their involvement in issues and their activism in the community. 

Groups broadcasting on 3CR cover the areas of social justice, theenvironmentethnic communities, the arts and music, and trade unions.

 

Program Policy

3CR was established to provide a voice for communities and issues denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people.

3CR Programs are either Station Programs initiated by individuals or groups who approach the station or Affiliate Programs (presenters come from one organisation whose interests they represent).

Some of the affiliated organisations are Hepatitis C Council, Vic Jazz Club, Yarra Bicycle Users Group, Federation of Community LegalCentres, Anarchist Media Institute, CFMEU Building Division and the Bouyancy Foundation. 

Read more about programming.
 

Finances

3CR is financially independent, relying on memberships and donations for financial support. We do not advertise, nor do our programmes rely on commercial sponsorship (effectively this is advertising). Government funding is accepted in the form of one-off grants for specific projects or programs, as well as grant money through the Community Broadcasting Foundation. The station welcomes paid announcements from community groups, local council and government as well as encouraging program sponsors. 
 

Organisation

3CR is owned by the Community Radio Federation Ltd., which is made up of Affiliate, Station Worker and Subscriber representatives. An elected management committee is responsible for policy development, correspondence and reports, the budget, and employment of staff.

3CR produces an annual report each calendar year, available for download here (pdf reader required). 

2011 Annual Report 

2010 Annual Report 

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report


Website
Umbrella Cartoon by Darcy Hudson

3CR's current website was developed throughout 2012. The 3CR Web Team is made up of volunteers Nicole Hurtubise, Nicky Stott, Christie Stott, John Jacobs, Brianna Laugher, Diana Beaumont and web developer Lucas Hodge from Media Insights. The Webteam is coordinated by 3CR Special Projects Coordinator Juliet Fox.  Please email us if you have any comments or would like to join the team

Previous incarnations of the website were achieved with the hard work of volunteers Jane Curtis, Glenn Todd, Greg Craske, Elanor McInerney, Tom Civil, Nicole Hurtubise and former staff member Bree McKilligan.  2008 work on the website was supported by a grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation

Cartoon above by Fiona Katauskas, a former 3CR volunteer.