Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham and Bay FM president Ros Elliott at last week’s launch at Italian at the Pacific restaurant.
Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham and Bay FM president Ros Elliott at last week’s launch at Italian at the Pacific restaurant.

Bay FM launches drive

The Byron Shire’s community radio station, Bay FM has launched its annual subscriber drive which will run from August 16 to 29.


President Ros Elliott said it took more than $250,000 a year to keep the station on air.


Ms Elliott said Bay FM was not publicly funded or owned by commercial interests, but was run on volunteer energy and community spirit.


“We rely on annual subscriptions to allow us to keep broadcasting,” she said.


As usual, there are some great prizes on offer for new and renewing subscribers, including the major prize of a trip for two to the Kimberley region donated by the environmental group, Save the Kimberley.


Listeners can become subscribers by going to www.bayfm.org, or by calling the station on 66807999. You can also call into the station’s office on the first floor of the Byron Bay Community Centre through the Fletcher Street entrance.


Ms Elliott said Bay FM was excited to be offering a ‘wonderful major prize’ to subscribers, while at the same time raising awareness about the real need to save the Kimberley from industrial development.


Ballina MP Don Page, himself a subscriber, said Bay FM played a significant role in the local community by exposing and discussing issues that were important to the community.


“Even though it’s a not-for-profit radio station run by volunteers, Bay FM does have expenses so they need subscribers to keep them going,” he said.


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