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Objectives of KCR-FM 102.5

  1. To operate & maintain a low powered FM community broadcast station covering the Kalamunda Shire…
  2. To enhance community standards of entertainment, information & access, & encourage the development of professional standards in radio program production & presentation…
  3. To provide the local community with access to radio so community interest programs & announcements may be broadcast…
  4. To encourage the exposure & development of art, drama, music & theatre, with local emphasis…
  5. To provide an opportunity for wider & further education, in liaison with local education institutions…
  6. To provide a forum for debating topical & community issues…
  7. To provide a focal point for information, that encourages access to community services & participation in local government & community projects…
  8. To conduct research & training programs in the artistic & technical aspects of radio, & other forms of sound communication…
  9. To produce, transmit, receive, record, re-produce, broadcast - or otherwise distribute or facilitate the transmission or reception of - all forms of sound communication material…
  10. To assist other community groups who have similar objectives…

About Kalamunda Community Radio

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Kalamunda Community Radio is a member based volunteer run, non-profit, community radio station which broadcasts a diverse range of music from all eras, genres and countries. Musical genres presented on KCR-FM includes jazz, blues, country, western, hip hop, reggae, retro, classical, gospel, folk, techno, easy listening, indigenous, contemporary and classic rock. KCR-FM also broadcasts a diverse range of programs, presented by passionate and dedicated community volunteers.

The existence of KCR-FM as a community radio station is important because it is a vital communication tool which serves the community and allows individuals and groups to have their voices heard. The Shire of Kalamunda is home to an uncommon diversity of people, with a variety of lifestyles, all living and working side-by-side. These include tradesmen, professionals, artisans, produce growers, small business operators, retirees, school students, tertiary students and families of all sizes and incomes. It is also a place where artisans and community groups thrive. With a population within the Shire of 50,000, KCR-FM is aware of a large number of listeners, and the music and programme styles reflect that diversity of the community.

KCR-FM broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, included in that time frame, KCR-FM is "live-to-air" several days a week for at least 18 hours a day. The majority of KCR-FM's programmes are locally produced and presented. KCR-FM 102.5 is ultimately a radio station that exists with the sole intention of benefiting the community with information and entertainment.

How KCR-FM Was Founded

Kalamunda Community Radio first obtained a permanent broadcasting license from the Australian Communication Authority, in March 2003, which came after years of perseverance and hard work. With the ongoing dedication of volunteers, Kalamunda Community Radio exists as one of WA's most respected community radio stations, offering a diverse range of music and programs, which appeal to all audiences.

The journey towards being recognised as a permanent broadcaster in Kalamunda started in 1993 when the original KCR committee was formed. However due to delays with licence area planning, the committee was disbanded. It wasn't until 1996 that interest in developing a community radio station in Kalamunda was resurrected, in a public meeting to re-establish the association.

The new constitution that was developed aimed to begin test broadcasts in time for Kalamunda's Centenary Celebrations at the end of 1997. This goal was achieved with just a few days to spare.

In the first ten months, KCR's management committee raised over $13,000 in funds and equipment. With support from local MPs John Day and Derrick Tomlinson, the WA Police Service supplied their former police station to be the KCR stations headquarters. As well as this, the Shire of Kalamunda donated $5,000 for a transmitter and broadcasting equipment.

Through support of local organisations such as the RSL, the Agricultural Society, and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the perseverance and hard work of the station's volunteers, KCR obtained its permanent broadcasting licence in 2003.