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First Annual Radiothon Radio Eastern 98.1
First Annual Radiothon Radio Eastern 98.1

Radio Eastern is one of the most popular community radio stations in Melbourne and has been running for almost 30 years.

Long-term Councillor, Mayor, Citizen of the Year and Victorian Member of Parliament, Peter McArthur was part of the founding group of Radio Eastern 98.1 in 1991. The station resides in the Wyreena Community Grounds on Hull Road, Croydon. He and the Premier at the time were instrumental in preventing the Wyreena Historical buildings from being bulldozed. It took the founding group 16 years (since 1974) to get the broadcast licence and they are still operating today to delighted audiences of over 200,000 a day (as per a 2014 survey). At one stage, the station almost burned to the ground, but the volunteers saved it and rebuilt it even better and more popular than before.

Bill Page DJ at Radio Eastern 98.1
Outside Broadcast Bill Page DJ at Radio Eastern 98.1

The station now is comprised of four radio studios and one large outside broadcast van. Its major offerings of music are in all genres of easy listening music from the 1920's to today, including Big Band, Musicals, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Opera, Rock and Roll, Continental European, A Cappella, Melbourne Choir, Nostalgia, and of course the award-winning EFL and Cricket programs.

Ray Lawrence ECB 98.1 President on the Panel
Ray Lawrence - President on the Panel

But they are desperate for funds to "build stronger links with the community" and upgrade the transmitting equipment and obtain portable outside broadcast equipment, so they can get out and about in the community for interviews more often and attend local community events.

Roger and Julia members of the Radiothon Committee
Roger Broadbent and Julia Zammit - members of the Radiothon Committee

So Radio Eastern FM is organising its first Radiothon, which will be held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018 to help raise much-needed funds. Join them for a sausage sizzle on Sunday at the 25th of March from 12 pm onwards.

Many of the volunteers at Radio Eastern 98.1
Many of the volunteers at Radio Eastern 98.1

Because they are a 'Not-For-Profit' community radio station (which is staffed entirely by volunteers), they have to raise enough money through donations.

Since they began regular broadcasts in 1990, Radio Eastern FM has supported our community through local sports broadcasts, informing you of local community activities and bringing you live coverage of local festivals and shows. This support has extended to thousands of organisations.

Now they asking you to help by donating to a Radiothon, as they go about Building Stronger Links with the community.

You can do that in a number of ways.

** Cash (please pay at the station), Cheque (by post or at the station) or Credit Card (via our webpage)
Post Cheques to Locked Bag 981, Croydon, Victoria 3136.

** Phone at 9722 9981 and they will take your Credit Card Details.

** Online via: by clicking on the 'Donate' button.

All donations will be receipted and acknowledged on air, if not before the event then as soon as possible afterwards. Help support your local community today.

Meet the DJ's at Radio Eastern on Sunday at the Sausage Sizzle
Meet the DJ's at Radio Eastern on Sunday at the Sausage Sizzle
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Why? To support your much loved local Radio Station 98.1 with much needed donations
When: 10 am to 4 pm
Phone: 97229981
Where: Radio Eastern 98.1, 23 Hull Road, Croydon, 3136
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