OCR FM - 98.3 & 88.7

Colac & the Southwest's community radio station

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OCR FM is a proud member
of the
Community Broadcasting
Association of Australia

Wanted

Station Sponsors

Must be seeking publicity to a diverse & passionate
local community radio audience

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Colac RSL

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OCR FM is very grateful for the support from
the Community Broadcasting Foundation

Join our Sponsors!

OCR FM offers your business exposure to the local community.
Click our "Support" button now to find out more now.

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Host your own radio show

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Your community radio station

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Live outside broadcasts from community events

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Real Audio

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Sponsor OCR FM

and we'll all be celebrating!

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Red Rock Theatre & Gallery

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Monthly Open Mic afternoons

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Present your own radio program

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Open Mic sessions
      Show your talents in public!

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Present your own radio show

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Fun for all ages

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Broadcasting across South West Victoria

Frequently Asked Questions - OCR FM

FAQs - OCR FM

Community broadcasting is Australia’s third media sector, formally represented by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA). There are more than 350 licensed community radio stations (including remote indigenous services) across Australia of which OCR FM is one. A 2002 report found that 20,000 Australians (or 0.1 percent of the population) were involved as volunteers in the community radio sector on a regular basis. Nationally, more than 7 million Australians listen to community radio each month.

The role of community broadcasting in Australia is to provide a diverse range of services meeting community needs in ways unmet by other sectors. Community broadcasting is sustained by the principles of access and participation, volunteerism, diversity, independence and locality.

Community radio stations may be specialized music stations, represent local music and arts or broadcast talks and current-affairs programs representing alternative, indigenous Australian, environmental, feminist or gay and lesbian interests and fill perceived gaps in commercial or government radio content.

Community broadcasting stations have a strong commitment to local news and information, the promotion of local and national music, arts and culture and providing training in media skills.

When a not-for-profit community group applies to the CBAA for a community broadcasting licence, it specifies the community interest it intends to serve. Licensees are selected on the basis of suitability and on the merits of the licence application and the capacity to serve identified community interests. Upon grant of a five-year renewable licence each station is then required to continue to serve the community interest for which the licence was granted.

Adapted from Wikipedia

If you live in Colac and surrounding districts tune your radio to 98.3FM.

If you live in Apollo Bay and some surrounding areas along the coast tune your radio to 88.7FM.

You can listen online here

Become a sponsor of OCR FM and we will produce an announcement about your business for regular airplay to show our appreciation. Find our more information about our packages here.

OCR FM is located in Shop 6, 86 Murray Street Colac - click for map.

You can call the studio 24 hours a day and leave a message on (03) 52 321 991

OCR FM, PO Box 31, Colac VIC 3250

  1. On the back of an in-studio interview. You must let your OCR FM contact know in advance if you are interested in doing a giveaway.
  2. As part of a promotional campaign. Under OCR FM's licence, we are restricted to broadcasting five minutes of promotional announcements per hour, and on-air giveaways are counted in that time. To book, contact the OCR FM on (03) 52 321 991, or email [email protected].

No radio skills or knowledge is required before you start presenting a program on air as OCR FM provide basic training for all presenters. People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are welcome to present any topic they are passionate about providing there is available airtime.

Click here to find out more about hosting your own radio program.

Please feel free to list any previous radio experience when applying for a program to help guide your training sessions.

As a generalist community radio station, OCR FM we endeavor to accommodate our listeners favourite music and most programs accept song requests.

The easiest way to request a song is to phone the station while the DJ is presenting their show. You can also visit their Facebook page or most shows have their own OCR FM email address where they can be contacted.

If you have a specific song you would like played at a particular time as part of a special occasion, send an email to [email protected] with at least 48 hours prior notice to ensure that the request can be discussed with a particular DJ or incorporated into our airplay.

OCR FM has had many changes since our inception in 1991 (you can find out more in our About section of the website)

But briefly, we started out as a test transmission on 99.1FM as 'Colac Public Radio' in 1991.

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As our licence area expanded, so to did the name of the station to 'Otway FM' with a brand new logo incorporating a radio style microphone amidst the frequencies on a blue and white background.

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 When ABC radio reclaimed the 104.7FM frequency nation wide for political broadcasts, Otway FM was reassigned to another frequency. Consequently we became 'OCR FM' as we grew to include greater areas of South Western Victoria and our callsign is 3OCR.

The Otway FM logo was now defunct and the Committee of Management decided to launch a design competition to launch the stations new era. The competition attracted nearly 40 entries and a panel of judges was formed with members from OCR FM, the Colac Otway Shire events coordinator and a member from the Colac Herald design team. The design chosen incorporated the large bright green OCR FM letters and a lizard caricature, which has come to represent the Corangamite Skink which can be found within the OCR FM listening area. The designer was Colac Secondary College student Holly Smith, in year 9 at the time, who enjoys drawing and cartooning.

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The lizard itself can represent a diverse range of listening opportunities provided by community radio and it is often dressed up to reflect different genres of music and special events that OCR FM provides.

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Digital radio broadcasting (DAB+) is a new radio transmission platform which differs from AM and FM radio transmission. DAB+ utilises an audio compression encoding system called AAC+ to transmit data. Digital radio receivers are able to receive and decode the digital program stream which you can then hear and, on compatible receivers. Digital radio is terrestrially broadcast from a transmission site and received by digital radios. Digital radio does not require an internet connection but does require a digital radio receiver. OCR FM is not a digital radio station.

Streaming uses data accessed through a connection to the internet via a computer or an internet capable radio. This means that you can listen to traditionally broadcast radio on a digital link anywhere in the world on your computer or digital device. Depending on your telecommunications network and service plan, you may incur a download cost.

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