It’s a no-brainer that keeping Melbourne's diverse community radio stations on air is vital for the soul of our city, but them bills, they gotta get paid. To help out, a posse of much-loved community radio presenters are putting on a big, bold night to raise funds for 3CR at the Bella Union on Thursday 27 April. Kick off is at 7pm and the evening includes Kate n Suzy from Lazy Wednesday spinning tracks, comedy with Fiona Scott-Norman, the official launch of the second edition of Ian McFarlane's The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop, and a live Superfluity show. Tix and full line-up here. BUT WAIT there's more! You can also get along to a great line up at the Northcote Social Club and support that station at the same time - too easy! Party for your right to fight! Sunday 30 April, 1.30pm at the Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street, Northcote, featuring Ekranoplans, Winter Sun and BJ Morriszonkle. Book tickets and get more information online now.
Come along to the Spoken Word fundraiser
2016 is our 40th year of radical radio. Let's party!
Here is a taster of our timeline of events and special broadcasts for 2016.
March 8: International Women's Day - 24 hours of women's programming
March 15 -18: Sustainable Breakfast Series at Friends of the Earth Food Cooperative
March 18: Where the Heart Is outside broadcast
March 18 - April 23: If People Powered Radio Exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary
May 7: Radical Radio Book Launch at the Bella Union, Trades Hall
May 8: Sisters Akousmatica - Collaboration with women artists on radical autonomous transmissions as part of Next Wave Festival 2016 in partnership with Liquid Architecture
June 6 - 19: Radical Radiothon
July 4 - 8 : Beyond the Bars Broadcasts during NAIDOC Week
October 10: Station Open Day - 3CR awarded a broadcast license on this day in 1975
October 10 - Nov 19: Forty days of Radical Radio on air broadcasts
November 26: 40th Party/dinner at Collingwood Town Hall with an array artists who have played live-to-air on 3CR.
If People Powered Radio: 40 Years of 3CR - An Exhibition at Gertrude Contempory, 18 March–23 April
Exhibition opening: Friday 18 March 6–8pm
'If People Powered Radio: 40 Years of 3CR' is a collaboration between Fitzroy's oldest community radio station and one of Fitzroy's oldest galleries and studio complex, Gertrude Contemporary.
Celebrating 40 years of 3CR, the exhibition will explore the station's history of radical broadcasting and how it has thrived in its endeavour to foreground the often unheard voices of Aboriginal people, women, workers, ethnic and GLBTIQ communities, people with disabilities, environmentalists, artists and musicians. The exhibition will present a combination of recordings, technological hardware, photographic and textual documents from the station’s vast historical archive.
Newly commissioned artworks by local artists will frame and interpret the station’s history of radical broadcasting. In addition, over four Friday evenings from 5–7pm there will be a series of live broadcasts from the exhibition space featuring campaigns, current affairs and local musicians, including one curated by sound art organisation, Liquid Architecture and a Saturday evening live broadcast of 3CR's experimental music program, Let Your Freak Flag Fly. 'If People Powered Radio' presents an opportunity to explore the politics of broadcasting and listening, and the different material and aesthetic supports that facilitate 3CR’s engagement with its diverse and progressive publics.
Contributors: 3CR, Charlotte Clemens, Megan Cope, Nicole Curby, Brighid Fitzgerald, Emily Floyd, Helen Hughes, Andrew McQualter, Spiros Panigirakis, Trent Walter/Negative Press, Liquid Architecture, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Natalie Rambaldi, Reko Rennie, Arika Waulu.
Check out the If People Powered Radio:40 years of 3CR Facebook Event
Concert For Steve
Longterm 3CR Night Owls on Rhythm music programmer Steve Fraser is in hospital after collapsing during a diabetic episode. He is facing a long recovery. Friends of Steve's are holding a benefit to raise money for his family.
Sunday March 20
103 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, Australia 3000
Artist Lineup to be announced soon. Watch this space for more details or see the facebook event Concert for Steve.