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Published August 30th 2015
Do you have a great face for radio?
If you've always had a hankering to get behind the microphone, or you have that classic 'good face for radio', then perhaps there's a place for you in a revolution that's happening in the Adelaide Hills.

And, it's an 'anything but quiet' revolution.

Hills Radio 88.9FM is a new community radio station based in Mount Barker and it's making quite a lot of noise in the area.

community radio, Hills Radio 88.9

It has celebrated a few milestones along the way (first broadcast, first program, first sports show), but its most significant to date would have to be its recent first birthday.

This time last year, following a couple of years of behind the scenes work, Hills Radio 88.9FM made its first foray into the airwaves - largely with music.

Community radio, Hills Radio 88.9
Mount Barker studio of Hills Radio 88.9

Public meetings helped to draw attention to the activity and the word was out!

In no time at all, talk shows joined the music and a weekly program emerged.

Community radio, Hills Radio 88.9
Training in the studio

Like all good community radio stations, Hills Radio 88.9 FM aims to provide a voice and connection for residents in its area. It complements (and has great relationships with) existing print media outlets. And, like all good community radio stations, it relies on its community and volunteers.

As a large satellite grouping of communities and townships in a relatively small area, the region has the ingredients for perfect community radio.

Locals have rallied behind the fledgling station, taking on volunteer roles as presenters, administration assistants and general help, and businesses have flocked to support the station with sponsorship.

They're currently supporting the purchase of a new transmitter, via the Adopt a Watt program. The power of community has manifested itself in the considerable moneys that have already been raised.

If you live within a 30 kilometre radius of Mount Barker, in districts from Mount Lofty to Callington, or Strathalbyn and Meadows to Oakbank and Woodside, Hills Radio will likely reach you – and will happily welcome you as a listener, and even better, in some other capacity.

So, Hills dwellers, tune into 88.9FM, polish up your volunteering skills, attend one of the community sessions or open days and see what you can give to your local area and radio station.

community radio, Hills Radio 88.9
Fun with volunteer crew at Hills Radio

If you don't live in the Hills, have no concern – you can still tune into Hills Radio: online at, or via a radio tuner app on your phone.

And, your skills will be welcome at Hills Radio – even if you choose to live outside the area! Visit the website to make contact, call the station on 8391 3885 or email
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Phone: 8391 3885
Where: Hills Radio 88.9FM Level 1, 31 Gawler Street, Mount Barker SA 5251
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