Despite these challenges, 3MDR continues to keep people connected through the irrepressible positive vibes of community radio. When we’re stuck at home, there’s always great music by local artists to tune in and listen to. When times are tough, the station shares vital information and updates. Now, 3MDR is calling on listeners and the community to keep it on the airwaves by subscribing and donating during its 2021 Radiothon.
3MDR is fuelled by the incredible work of dedicated volunteers. Each week over 100 hours of local radio is created and broadcast from the Forest Park Homestead Studio in Upwey and only made possible by the tireless efforts of volunteer presenters, technicians, committee members, and two part time staff.
Everyone at 3MDR has worked incredibly hard to keep the station on the airwaves 24/7 throughout the pandemic. But when the Dandenong Ranges were struck by an enormous storm in June, it not only knocked out the station’s power, but fallen trees and blocked roads kept staff and volunteers from refuelling the generator at the Kallista transmission site for several days. 3MDR is now raising funds through their 2021 Radiothon to purchase upgraded backup generators for their studio and transmission sites. This investment will ensure 3MDR stays on the air during any future emergency situations, and keeps the community informed and connected.
Radiothon 20211 runs throughout October, and subscribing during this period automatically puts listeners in the running for one of the fabulous prize packs, so it’s the perfect time plug in and power community!
Listeners can subscribe and donate online anytime at 3mdr.com or by calling the station on 03 9752 5637 between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday, or by calling the studio anytime there’s a presenter on the air (call during a song though!) on 03 9752 5678.