FBi Radio

Infobox Radio station
name = FBi

city = Sydney
area =
branding =
slogan =
airdate = August 29, 2003
frequency = 94.5 FM
format = no set playlist
power =
erp = 10 Kw
class = Community
callsign_meaning = 2=New South Wales
former_callsigns =
owner = Free Broadcast Inc.
webcast =
website = http://www.fbiradio.com/
affiliations = CBAA

FBi (call sign: 2FBI) is an independent, not-for-profit community radio station in Sydney, Australia. FBi places a heavy emphasis on local alternative music: it has a policy that at least 50 per cent of its music content is to be Australian, of which at least half comes from Sydney musicians. FBi Radio was the first radio station in the world to play bands such as Wolfmother, Muscles and Angus & Julia Stone Fact|date=September 2008.

After making a series of short-term broadcasts over some ten years, FBi Radio was granted a permanent licence by the Australian Broadcasting Authority in 2002. A failed takeover attempt by one of the losing bidders for the permanent licence, Wild FM (a more commercially-oriented dance music station) pushed FBi's full-time 24/7 broadcast to August 2003. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/01/1062383510184.html?from=storyrhs "Licence to thrill", Sydney Morning Herald, September 1, 2003] ]

In November 2006, FBi’s 'Sunset' program won the Best Radio Show award at the national Australian Dance Music Awards. [ [http://www.cbonline.org.au/index.cfm?pageId=12,36,3,970 "FBi's Sunset Program Wins National Radio Award", CB Online, November 2006] .]

In September 2007, the Australian Labor Party chose FBi as the platform to announce its electoral commitment to resume funding for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. [ [http://www.cbaa.org.au/content.php/538.html "Support for AMRAP just in time!", CBAA News, September 2007] .]

FBi's current president is Cassandra Wilkinson, author and senior public servant and freight expert in the New South Wales Government [ [http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/author.asp?id=4712 "Online Opinion", entry on Cassandra Wilkinson] .]

Reach & Format

FBi is understood to be Sydney's only independent youth radio station, broadcasting across the city with a signal strength as large as its commercial rivals - reaching Gosford, Blue Mountains and Wollongong. Ratings published in July 2007 showed that FBi's audience was around 220,000 a week. [ [http://www.cbonline.org.au/index.cfm?pageId=12,37,3,1082 "Sydney’s FBI announces audience research results", CB Online, July 2007] .] Its music policy is 50% Australian, half of that from Sydney. The 'edgy' eclectic music mix that results is different from anything available through commercial music stations in Sydney. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/20/1055828486749.html from "FBi radio - it won't be blokey", Sydney Morning Herald, July 21, 2003] ] .


FBi broadcasters have included many individuals from the Australian music and entertainment industries including:

"DJs & Musicians:" Ajax, Kid Kenobi, Mark Dynamix, Deepchild, Ro Sham Bo, Kato, Pimmon (aka Paul Gough), Bruno (Peabody)

"Broadcasting:" Linda Marigliano (Triple J); Nathan Sapsford (Video Hits, Channel 10); Jaimie Leonarder / Jay Katz (former SBS Film Critic), Triple J and former SBS Film Critic Marc Fennell; comedian / filmaker Dan Ilic (The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Channel 10)

"Industry:" Stuart Coupe (Laughing Outlaw), Andrew Levins (aka Sleater Brockman), manager of Diplo's 'Heaps Decent' label, DJ and promoter, Cyclic Defrost editor Matthew Levinson; Fat Planet blog editor Stuart Buchanan.


The studios of FBi are located in Botany Rd., Alexandria, in the same building as the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.


FBi is predominantly a volunteer-based organization, augmented by a small core staff. All on-air presenters and producers are volunteers.


External links

* [http://www.fbiradio.com FBi Radio official website]

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