City Park Radio is Launceston’s Community Radio Station, broadcasting on 103.7 FM & 96.5 FM.
City Park Radio is a non-profit organisation, owned and operated by the Launceston Community FM Group Inc.
The Launceston Community FM Group was established in 1978, and was incorporated as a non-profit organisation in 1982. In 1983 the Federal Government invited applications for a license to broadcast in the Launceston area. The Group was successful in their application, and was granted a license in 1985. City Park Radio commenced broadcasting on 7 April, 1986, from facilities at Newnham, as 7LTN-FM.
February 1988 saw the station’s important role in the community being recognised, with the announcement of new premises in the City Park Cottage. With this move, 7LTN-FM became known as City Park Radio. In 1993 transmitter power was upgraded and work commenced on the 5 studio complex situated at the rear of the cottage The stations main transmitter is situated in Reatta Road, Trevallyn; 96.5 FM is broadcast from Rocherlea. The station can also be heard online via the City Park Radio website, the Tune In app, or via Radio Garden.
City Park Radio is a microcosm of the community – with people of all ages, cultures and walks of life being involved. City Park Radio is run by a large workforce of volunteers.
City Park Radio broadcasts a diverse range of locally and nationally produced programs, both music and spoken word, in stereo. Music programs vary from country to dance, hip-hop to classical, jazz to alternative, rock to folk and blues, ethnic, and much more. Spoken word topics include the environment, women’s issues, book reviews, job and training issues, and a range of others. We also offer Community Diary, a community announcements service.
Through multicultural programming, the station broadcasts in over ten languages. In providing this service, City Park Radio aims to enhance the quality of life within the community. City Park Radio strives to produce high quality, entertaining, relevant and informative programming.
Volunteers are an essential part of the station’s existence – in effect they are the lifeblood of the station. The positions volunteers take on vary, from the obvious ie. radio announcers and producers, to behind the scenes roles including management, administration, technical services etc. City Park Radio is a democratic organisation, offering and encouraging all individuals and groups of the community the opportunity to participate.
New volunteers are always very welcome, and can get involved by contacting the station.