In 1997 a meeting of people interested in having Christian radio broadcast in the Riverland was convened. Since then, it has been a journey full of hope, trial, disappointments, victories, and excitement. Plus many, many, many hours of hard work, prayers and tears to make this possible. Not to mention all the financial support given, making it possible to begin transmission.
Riverland Life FM is a family-friendly community radio station, broadcasting on 100.7 FM in the Riverland in South Australia. Playing contemporary music, positive talk and God’s message of hope in Jesus Christ.
To communicate in a contemporary way, the Truth, Relevance and Power of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, through radio, to impact lives, bringing hope and health to the Riverland Community.
We aim to provide the Riverland and Northern Mallee with access to community radio bringing wholesome contemporary music and quality programs that are relevant, positive and uplifting with a mix of materials reflecting the family and community values that hold this region together.
Our Aims are to:
- Operate a successful Christian Community Radio Station in the Riverland.
- Complement and assist existing church projects in the Riverland through the use of radio.
- Present quality radio programs that express Christian truths and values.
- Have a lasting impact on the meaning and purpose of life for people of all ages, with emphasis on young adults and families.
- Present positive, uplifting and encouraging programs to entertain and inform.
- Provide an alternative means of communicating the Good News of Jesus to those in any walk of life, who may not be reached by any other media, or method.
Planning commenced to implement Riverland Life FM as an FM radio station
Riverland Christian Radio Inc (RCR) was formed and a constitution drawn. A Board was elected, members subscribed, newsletters sent out, and a station was born!
RCR Inc. finally received a Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence from the Australian Broadcasting Authority (now ACMA) and secured a place on the ‘Broadcast Australia’ tower outside of Loxton from which to broadcast. This is a full story in itself and is nothing short of a miracle!
Sharing the Vision
A year of substantial growth for the station, including the employment of RCR Inc’s first employee, Jason Staben, as Promotions Manager. His role included sharing the vision and needs of Riverland Life FM with the churches of the region, promotion of the station through all mediums, gathering sponsorship and support from businesses and individuals and more.
In the first half of the year we submitted a grant for $25,000 with Regional Partnership. This was rejected in April.
Through a number of circumstances where God clearly showed the Board that they were to step out in faith, the Board of Management made a decision in late June to set an on-air date for September 2005, even though the bank balance was $30K short. Within 2 weeks of setting a date, $35,000 came in… Praise the Lord! BUT, drama was still to come!
The Board received correspondence from the Australian Broadcasting Authority revoking our frequency. A bigger player wanted our spot on the dial and it seemed we had to go! However, after prayer, a flurry of letters and phone calls and offers of support from some pollies, we were reinstated (for the time being!)
11th December 2005
Things developed fairly rapidly from there. After broadcasting for some months, we secured the services of some eminent and experienced announcers who were keen to help us get going. Doug Oakley, Peter Court and Rob Smitheram, all with Life FM in Adelaide at the time, and Jayne Lochert, a former Riverlander, took on regular air time, showing us how it is supposed to be done!
Training local people to be announcers was also a major step forward. Recording shows began with a computer and basic sound equipment in a quiet corner of the station office. Two studios are now operational, though under-utilised. Having more announcers on air is a major priority now for the station.