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3CR Community Radio

City of Yarra | Y04

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When 3CR Community Radio gained its licence in 1976 it was considered Australia’s first community-owned and community-run grassroots radio station. Now in its forties, the station is well known as a political and social-justice broadcaster. 3CR prioritises the voices of women, First Nations people, workers, refugees, and the many issues and people misrepresented and under-represented in the mass media. The station aims to provide a media space that enables progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change. Since 1984 it has been housed at 21–23 Smith Street, Fitzroy. As a 24-hour broadcaster, the station is run by 400 volunteers and six staff and broadcasts on 855AM, 3CR Digital, and 3cr.org.au, with live streaming, audio-on-demand and podcasts. It has four studios, meeting and office spaces, amenities and an internal courtyard in a purpose-renovated building owned and run by the station community. As a not-for-profit organisation, the station is supported by donations during an annual radiothon, along with subscriptions and other funded activities. Artwork (and graffiti) adorn the outside of the building, while inside is a community hub welcoming and training the diverse broadcasters that present 130 shows in more than 20 community languages across the week.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 12pm-4pm - Booking required for this building

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: We are able to provide fully accessible tours, but there are parts of the building that are inaccessible by wheel chair or limited mobility.

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, running for 55 minutes, in groups of 10

  • Special Programming: Jump into a radio studio and get behind the mic to gain a first-hand experience of radio broadcasting. All ages welcome.

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Facilities: Toilets, Child access

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 1983-4

  • Transport: Stop 15: Smith St/Victoria Pde on routes 12 and 109.

  • Tour Type: Pre-booked

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Location

21 Smith St, Fitzroy 3065, VIC

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