THE Australian Broadcasting Authority has issued a Temporary Community Radio Broadcasting Licence to a new consortium Lambing Flat Community Broadcasting Inc, which it is hoped will go to air in Young on Thursday, July 1, 2004.
Broadcasting on the 92.3 FM frequency, the station will be known as 2YYY, and it will be Young's own radio station.
It will give listeners the choice of three radio stations from which to choose and will have different programming to the two existing commercial stations in 2LF and 93.9 StarFM.
Lambing Flat Community Broadcasting Inc comprises a group of well-known local residents headed by former 2LF/93.9 StarFM General Manager Graham 'Cabbage' McDonald.
The group is determined to give the residents of Young Shire a radio station that deals only in what is happening and what is about to happen in Young.
The station will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"Our music will comprise of a lot of country mixed in with music from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, so therefore it will be directed more to the older listener," Mr McDonald said.
"We will also be very big in local sport as we intend to cover all of the Young Cherrypickers matches with live broadcasts as well as covering Young's other sporting teams when they compete, be it in rugby union, cricket, netball, soccer, swimming, golf or whatever.
"I believe this has been one aspect in radio coverage that has been missing previously," he said.
The station will also have local and national news bulletins as well as rural news, funeral announcements, coming events, birthday calls, community service announcements among other things.
"We also intend to run radio serials, such as the Castlereagh Line," Mr McDonald said.
"And we will have ‘Cactus' back on the airwaves as well, plus many other special programs," he said.
With the July 1 deadline just over two months away, Mr McDonald said he has no doubts the station will be up and running by that date.
"We have been getting tremendous help and support from Dave Eisenhauer, who is general manager of Tumut's community radio station 96.3FM and his professionalism and experience has got us a long way very quickly.
"I am confident it will be up and running by the set date of July 1," he said.
With over 200 community radio stations throughout Australia, an organisation called the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia specifically supports all of these stations with help and advice on all aspects of broadcasting.
The station will also train people of all ages who want to be radio announcers or sports commentators through special courses, which will hopefully be available through the Young TAFE.
2YYY, which stands for Young, Young, Young, will have its studios and office in the old TAB building in Cloete Street, with the transmitter located on Reservoir Hill, which is situated on the Cowra Road opposite Burrangong Meat Processors.
"Personally I think we have backed a winner with this project and although I'm disappointed at having to leave 2LF/93.9 StarFM after 36 years I think that under the current circumstances Young deserves its own radio station and I am very proud to be part of it along with a number of mates who form the organisation," Mr McDonald said.
"Incidentally, yesterday was the last ‘Cabbage's Campfire' program on 2LF but it will re-appear on 92.3FM 2YYY on Sunday, July 4," he said.
Anyone wanting more information on the new station can contact Mr McDonald on 6382 3994.