Due to the tightening of restrictions in Greater Sydney, The management commitee of Hawkesbury Radio has decided to introduce extra measures to keep our members and presenters safe.
Our office is currently closed until further notice. All urgent office matters can be dealt with over the phone on 02 4545 1222. Alternatively a direct message can be sent to our Facebook page and then it will be forwarded onto the correct member.
Our studios are still open to presenters however no visitors or interviews are allowed to be held within the studio. Over the phone/zoom interviews can still go ahead as per usual.
All presenters with the equipment to broadcast from home reliably will be doing so until further notice.
For anyone wondering, Hawkesbury Radio is certified COVID safe.
- All presenters/members on site must scan into the premises using our COVIDSafe QR code or use the handwritten login sheets.
- We have a limit of 2 people allowed in each studio.
- Every presenter must wash their hands and sanitise before entering the studio.
- Every presenter must wipe down and sanitise the studio before the next presenter enters the studio.
All shows and programs will still continue to go to air as usual! For all kinds of entertainment and great music, tune into Hawkesbury Radio 24/7 via the App, or on hawkesburyradio.com.au
Stay safe, stay home!
Carry your Hawkesbury Radio Presenter ID during the lockdown
There are serious fines being issued for people breaching the lockdown regulations this time around, so be sure to carry your Hawkesbury Radio Presenter ID with you if you're moving to or from the station premises. They identify you aas a member of an essential service, and permitted to be travelling. It could save you a huge fine = up to $5000!!!
IF you dont know where your ID card is, or it's damaged or lost, contact Yvonne in the office and we'll get you another. But it is very important that you are able to identify yourself to Police if they ask why you are not at home.
Upgrades happening to our FM signal
We are in the process of upgrading our FM audio processing system which means not only will we sound better, our signal will be louder in those areas with poor signal. Also, we now broadcast our Station name and some other messages which can be seen on modern FM radios and newer car radios (RDS).
If you see these messages on your radio, please send us a photo to our Facebook Page
Download our FREE app!!
Now you can download our free app from the Google App store. (our IOS app for iPhone and iPad coming soon) WIth the free app, you can listen to YOUR Hawkesbury Radio all day, every day in clear rich stereo through your mobile device. Connect it by bluetooth to your car's stereo, headphones or your home stereo system. Even when we arent allowed to broadcast on the FM transmitter, you can still hear us through the app, loud and clear.
WIth a single tap, you can listen to our growing collection of podcasts, and communicate with us by twitter. Downoad it today from the Google App Store
UPDATE: iPhone version now in the App Store.
The IOS version for iPhones and iPads is now available in the Apple App Store. Just search for "Hawkesbury Radio" and there it is! It's free and with it you can tune into us 24 hours a day, every day.
Community Noticeboard is a free public service from Hawkesbury Radio. Not-for-profit organisations holding events in our listening area or close to it, are welcome to let us know about forthcoming events, which will be included in our noticeboard announcements several times a day.
All you have to do is let us know at least two weeks in advance, and make sure you give us details of a contact person so we can follow up with one of the organisers.
Now you can contact our Community Noticeboard team on line through our Community Noticeboard page. >>>
Update On Our Licence Arrangements.
There is a new order from the regulator, ACMA about sharing of the frequency 89.9FM in the Hawkesbury. As from 5 December, a new operator will be joining the scrum sharing our frequency, making a total of four
aspiring radio stations seeking what will eventually be a permanent licence.
Hawkesbury Radio, the original community radio station that has been serving the Hawkesbury district for about
40 years will now broadcast on FM from 12:01am Thursday until 12 Noon Saturdays. Of course we will continue to broadcast around the clock every day on our streaming services as well.
An increasing number of people are joining us that way from all around the world which is making us very pleased indeed.
To accommodate the latest schedule, some changes are happening to
our programme schedule. A few presenters have decided to leave us, and some new presenters are coming on. You can see the updated schedule on our Progamme Guide
Overwhelming Vote in Favour of Change
During August, Hawkesbury Radio Communications Co-operative Society Limited, the entity that owns the station, conducted a postal vote of members regarding a proposal to change the structure of our organisation. We are pleased to announce that the votes are in and have been counted. The members have decided by an Overwhelming majority to convert the organisation to an Incorporated Association.
This will mean a new simplified set of rules and procedures, a new name (Hawkesbury Radio Communications Association Inc ) and a structure that’s a lot more flexible and easy to adapt to changing circumstances in the 21st century.
The procedures are currently in process to make all the legalities happen and register the change with the relevant Federal and State Government departments. These should all be finalised in the next few weeks.
But one thing is not changing – we are going to continue to bring the Hawkesbury community good local and relevant LIVE radio 24 hours a day, EVERY day as we have for around 40 years.
The ORIGINAL Hawkesbury Radio | Serving the Community
Please be advised that Hawkesbury Radio - the ORIGINAL station that has been serving the Hawkesbury community around the clock for almost 40 years - is Not off the air we have switched off our transmitter to share the frequency with other stations who want to take over the licence, as instructed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA has granted temporary licences us, and to 2 other stations to see who will be granted the permanent licence eventually. We have to share the time on 89:9FM
- Hawkesbury Radio (us - the ORIGINAL station) has been given noon Thursdays to Noon Sunday
- CAMS has noon Sunday to Noon Tuesday
- Hawkesbury Gold has Noon Tuesday to Noon Thursday
We will recommence our FM Broadcast on 89.9FM at Noon Thursday In the mean time you could listen to us on the internet stream, by clicking "Listen Live" above and follow the instructions, or go to the Tune-in app and search for Hawkesbury Radio.
If you want to help, let ACMA know what you think. Email them at communitybroadcasting@ACMA.gov.au
UPDATE Hawkesbury Radio is continuing to improve live and streaming services!
Hawkesbury Radio is delighted to announce that your Hawkesbury Radio has been granted the temporary broadcast licence from ACMA, that Hawkesbury Radio applied for. Hawkesbury Radio will continue to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days every week, just as we have done for 39 years. The other applicants for the temporary broadcast licence advised ACMA that they were not able to commence broadcasting immediately.
Hawkesbury Radio will remain broadcasting 24/ 7 until November 5 by which stage Hawkesbury Radio will have a further update on proceedings. The future of radio that serves the Hawkesbury is secure. Just like the phoenix, a new era for Hawkesbury Radio begins now. Get on board with your Hawkesbury Radio. Apply for membership now and show your support as we move forward and grow into the future. Thank you for your support.
Hawkesbury Radio | Making great radio and streaming content
An important announcement from Hawkesbury Radio.
Yes, The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced that they were not renewing the broadcast licence for Hawkesbury Radio. In the formal confirmation from the ACMA, they advised the board of Hawkesbury Radio that the ACMA would be calling for applications for Temporary broadcasting licence. In conversations with representatives of ACMA, again Hawkesbury Radio was encouraged to apply for a temporary broadcasting licence. All successful applicants of a temporary broadcasting licence may then apply for a full broadcasting licence.
Hawkesbury Radio would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support we have received at this time from the community. We ask that the Hawkesbury community, who we have served for 39 years will swing behind us and all join Hawkesbury Radio and write to Minisiter Fifeld, the Minister responsible for community broadcasting, protesting their actions. The minister's email address is email@example.com or telephone (02) 6277 7480.
In light of the facts, the directors of Hawkesbury Radio are committed to continue on the tradition of 39 years of continuous broadcasting, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our action plan going forwards is simple. Firstly, Hawkesbury radio will continue to serve the Hawkesbury community and the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the internet, while we await confirmation of our temporary broadcast licence. We will negotiate with the ACMA to meet any concerns regarding membership requirements. Hawkesbury Radio will then apply for the re-instatement of the broadcasting licence. Hawkesbury Radio believes that the ACMA is committed to a community radio station for the Hawkesbury. A radio station that serves our unique part of the world; part urban, majority rural and unserved by other media.
The directors of Hawkesbury Radio believe that the future is bright. Hawkesbury Radio will go the tough yards to prove that we are the only option for broadcasting in the Hawkesbury. Our plan is clear. Hawkesbury Radio has a dedicated membership to broadcast into the future. Let us not be tarnished by our few bad apples. Hawkesbury Radio will move onto bigger and better things and be stronger in the future.
Hawkesbury Radio is not dead!