Radio Mansfield 99.7FM started broadcasting from its newly constructed studios in the Community Centre in Bank Place Mansfield on Saturday 14th February.
On the 31st of September 2014, there was a fire in the building we shared with Café Connect, a youth centre, run by the Mansfield Shire. Whilst our studios and equipment were only slightly damaged by smoke and water, the building was rendered unsafe.
Radio Mansfield 99.7FM managed to continue broadcasting from our outside broadcast caravan whilst we constructed two new studios in a space provided to us by the Mansfield Shire Council in the Community Centre building in Bank Place.
A lot of thought went into the layout and design of the studios to ensure that they were acoustically sound, technically advanced and comfortable for our volunteer presenters.
All of the construction was carried out by volunteers and many local suppliers assisted us with the purchase of materials. We thank them and the Mansfield Shire Council for their support. The result is a tremendous new facility for Mansfield Community Radio.
The new studios will be officially opened by the Mayor Marg Attley on Saturday 28th of February at 11am followed by BBQ lunch.
Radio Mansfield 99.7FM will have open days on Easter Saturday and Sunday the 4th & 5th April so the community can come and have a look at the new studios. We hope to attract new members and supporters over this weekend and we plan to have a live broadcast overnight on this weekend.
The station presents a variety of programs including local news and current affairs, all types of music including Country, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Celtic, Techno and Rock. Local schools participate in regular programs and a group from our local Yooralla Centre present a program each week. We broadcast live football at local matches and regularly broadcast at community events from our outside broadcast van.
Radio Mansfield 99.7FM is also an accredited emergency broadcaster.
Having new studios, new programs planned and many new presenters undergoing training, Radio Mansfield 99.7FM is looking forward to a great 2015.