Community radio station 89.7FM celebrates 15th birthday

Gavin Crossley.
Gavin Crossley.

THE Joondalup-based community radio station 89.7FM is celebrating its 15th birthday today.

“It’s been a fun ride for the last 15 years, through the early days at the Wanneroo Works Depot studio from 2001-2008 and our current location at ECU Joondalup,” Gavin Crossley said.

“We’ve birthed many a career, including Ross Edwards from the top rating Mix 94.5 Lunch Time Program, Ciaran Lyons a presenter on Triple J overnights, Terry Siva on Radiowest Albany and many other names over the years.”

Mr Crossley, who was one of the 2001 class, hosted the November 16 birthday program for the station, which used to be called Twin Cities FM.

“There are very few remaining of that ‘Class of 2001’,” he said.

“Other original members still on-air are Bill Crowe, Duncan Smith, Joe Marchello and Derek Cromb.

“We would also like to acknowledge the effort of all of our volunteers over the years, especially Sandra Woodings, Michael Henderson, Ben Connors, Irene and Colin Radalj, Michael Stokes and many others of the last 15 years.”

Mr Crossley said the station would continue to be a voice for the community, thanking listeners and sponsors.

“We are always looking for new volunteers for radio shows, producers and anyone willing to help our organisation,” he said.

“We are very proud of everyone for their efforts since 2001 and of course people like Brad Cecins who got the ball rolling back in the 90s.

“Cheers to you and hears another 15 or more years being your ‘sound of the north’.”