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96.5 Inner FM's studios are located at Shop 38, Warringal Shopping Centre, on the corner of Rosanna Rd and Burgundy St in Heidelberg and our transmitter is located on the roof of the Austin Hospital boiler room. Our compact offices house two on-air studios and we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The station has been located at Warringal Shopping Centre for most of its lifetime but started off in its infant stages at the Heidelberg Town Hall.

Inner FM serves the cities of Banyule, Manningham and Darebin. We are also heard over a much wider listening area, with a listening potential of over 250,000 people in our community. Inner FM commenced full time broadcasting in December 1990. Since then, Inner FM has emerged with its own unique personality and sound as it continues to develop. Our format is a mixture of magazine style and music programs, appealing to all tastes and age groups. We have many special interest programs including multicultural, service clubs, community groups, scouting, legal news, etc.

Our weekday morning program, "Morning Magazine", was augmented and produced over many years as "Personalities on Parade" by the former Patron of our station, the Hon Bruce Skeggs OAM, and is a program of special interest with interviews by community leaders, groups etc. We also provide segments with councils and the media to bring to the listening audience an idea of what is happening within the community and via the newspapers etc.

As part of our programming charter, we enjoy great success with outside broadcasts. These include the annual Heidelberg Gift and the Banyule Festival Parade in Burgundy St. We also broadcast the amateur football every Saturday in the football season. Santa Talkback is a unique opportunity for children to phone in and talk to Santa on air whilst visiting the Lights on the Boulevard in the festive season.

We have over 100 volunteers involved in the operation of the station, including several in the past year who have been provided by the local community agency Volunteers of Banyule. We are also very lucky to have volunteers from local schools and universities who come to us wanting to help out. We are always looking for anyone in the technical or production field to help us run the station.

The running of the station is coordinated by our Committee of Management who meet once a month. The revenue for the station comes from sponsorship and membership. We do not receive funding from any government bodies and we are constantly fund raising to help supplement the costs of running the station. We do however receive small grants from councils and the Community Broadcasting Foundation to allow us to repair and replace equipment etc.

Brief History of 96.5 Inner FM

Inner FM began life in November 1987 when a group of local residents held a meeting to discuss the formation of a community radio station in the north eastern region of Melbourne. Several of these members are still current presenters on Inner FM.
The first test broadcast of Inner FM (or North East Community Radio as it was known then) was conducted in late February and early March of 1988 from the Heidelberg Town Hall. This test broadcast lasted for one week, during which time our membership increased greatly. Our second week-long test broadcast was conducted during July 1988 from our newly opened studios at Warringal Shopping Centre.

After a number of test broadcasts we were invited to apply for a full time broadcasting licence by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. In March of 1990, Inner North East Community Radio, as the organisation is now known, was granted a "C" class licence by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. This, however, was not the end of the test broadcasts, as the Department of Transport and Communications still had to run their tests to determine our power output and frequency allocation.

It wasn't until December 1990 that the Department of Transport and Communications finished their extensive testing. Inner FM was issued with a permanent licence on 5 December 1990, which is renewed every five years. The station was officially opened with a ceremony on the morning of 8 December 1990, involving the mayors of the four municipalities that the station served at the time - Heidelberg, Northcote, Preston and Doncaster. The ceremony was conducted on stage at Warringal Shopping Centre and was hosted by Bruce Mansfield, who was a presenter on the station at the time. The station commenced full-time operation on 10 December 1990.