Bay FM notches 21 years on the air
JIM Nutter could be Bay FM's biggest fan.
The radio addict has tuned into the community radio station since it began broadcasting 21 years ago and continues to enjoy its company daily from his home in the hills of Main Arm.
"Much of my education comes via Bay FM and Radio National," he said.
"There's such a range of musicologists on Bay FM; people who know their music very well.
"It also very socially connective; you get to know what's on and what you want to see. If you're living on your own up in the hills it's a great connective."
Jim is not alone in praising Bay FM, which will celebrate 21 years of broadcasting this weekend.
Since its first test transmissions from a roaming caravan in 1990, the station has grown into one of the nation's most-respected and loved community broadcasters and has picked up a swag of awards along the way.
Bay FM now boasts 1315 subscribers, 135 active volunteers and has 75 programs on air - not bad for a community radio station managed and staffed almost entirely by volunteers.
Gayle Cue, who has been with the station since its early days, said one of the biggest recent milestones for Bay FM was the introduction of live internet streaming. It means anyone, anywhere in the world can listen in.
"We started out because we needed a local voice ... we actually now have a global voice," she said.
The 21st birthday celebrations will be held at the Ewingsdale Hall on Saturday from noon.