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Yarra Valley FM

How to Turn Our Community into Your Customers through 99.1 Yarra Valley FM

Come to 99.1, tour the studios, stay for an information session, and  your business will receive one minute of radio airtime, absolutely free

Come to any of our 9 sessions on Friday 14th or Friday 21st February, and in one hour you will learn -
  • How to reach the 150,000 people of the Yarra Valley
  • How to get ‘word-of-mouth’ from radio
  • How to utilise ‘Relational Marketing’
  • What works and what doesn’t!
To ensure your place & for catering purposes, please RSVP via
email to info@yarravalleyfm.com

or call the office for more information: 5964 6662

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Summer Program Guide

Click here, and choose "Save" to download a 7 Day Program Guide in PDF format


You can donate to the station by cheque or by direct credit

Account name:
Yarra Valley FM Inc
Bendigo Bank
BSB 633-108
Account number
1286 91532

Send cheques to
Yarra Valley FM,
PO Box 991,
Woori Yallock, 3139

Thank you!

Welcome!

We are your local community radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day, every day of the year from Victoria, Australia on 99.1FM. You can pick up our signal in the Yarra Ranges, Cardinia and Murrindindi shires, as well as many eastern Melbourne suburbs, or you can listen on the Web.

Everyone at Yarra Valley FM 99.1 is an unpaid volunteer who is committed to serving the local community. Our programs offer something for everyone, including daytime music variety together with many specialist music programs in the evenings. We also have local news bulletins, local weather, local community information and interviews with local people. We entertain you and inform you with material you won't find on radio anywhere else.

We are small, we are grass-roots, we are people like you. We invite you to join us.

Our website is hosted at no cost to us by our sponsor Univex, provider of custom designed smart solutions. We thank them for their generosity.

Our Website

The web editor (traditionally called webmaster) welcomes feedback, comments, opinions and suggestions for improvements to this website or other matters related to Yarra Valley FM. You can contact the web editor using ask@yarravalleyfm.com
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A Brief History of Yarra Valley FM

It was all started in December 1984 by two locals - Murray Hardinge and Bob Thornhill - who had a passion for radio communication. A one-week broadcasting licence was going begging after an event planned for Healesville's contribution to Victoria's 150th Anniversary celebrations was abandoned. A hastily assembled crew stepped in, clutching armfuls of records, to take to the airwaves on equally hastily-assembled home equipment - and Healesville Co-operative Broadcasters was born.

Our initial studios from which numerous "test transmissions" were broadcast were located in several temporary venues, including the (converted) ladies toilet of the old Healesville Railway Station, an office, a concrete shed and a mobile van in a cow paddock. The broadcasts were a resounding success, and with growing public profile, we gained our full community broadcasting licence and started full-time broadcasting in March 1991 as 3VYV.  We also moved to our current premises as a part of the Woori Yallock shopping centre.

Over the years, the station has suffered its share of interesting setbacks, from wombats chewing cables, to the threat of bushfire, to the entire transmitter on Briarty's Hill burning down in December 1995. We were the only community radio station in Australia transmitting under "Remote Area Power Supply"  which meant that volunteers had to regularly run the gauntlet of wildlife, mud, flooding (one hapless soul actually tipped their vehicle into the creek), and a borderline 4WD track to start the generator that recharged the batteries for transmitter power!

For many years, we were known as VYV - Voice of the Yarra Valley, but changed our name to Yarra Valley FM 99.1 in May 2002 to reflect the growing profile of the station. We now broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have the capacity to broadcast on the Internet - a quantum leap from a caravan in a cow paddock!

Our mission is to provide a local radio service to the community of the Yarra Valley by the provision of:

  • Community information sharing
  • Music Variety
  • Access for individuals and groups
  • Support for emergency services

YVFM Simulcast on the Web

You can now listen to Yarra Valley FM 99.1 anytime, anywhere. If you have a reasonably fast Internet connection, you can listen to your favourite community radio station LIVE from anywhere in the world.