Better broadcast signal in the air for the Liverpool Plains
Updated: Apr 11, 2020
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, announced today that Council and Tamworth Broadcasting Society Inc - Radio 88.9fm Tamworth - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the commencement of broadcast services for Quirindi and the Liverpool Plains Shire. “The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) has granted Radio 88.9fm a full FM licence to re-broadcast the station’s programming from Council’s communications tower site on Who‘d-A-Thought-It Lookout, west of the Quirindi town centre. “Discussions between the parties have been ongoing for over four years but were held up waiting for the ACMA to allocate a frequency and licence for the transmission of 88.9fm across the region,” he said. Radio 88.9fm CEO, George Frame, said the station’s Board was pleased with the final result as it has been an arduous process in gaining the licence, even though the region was within the station’s licence area. He said the station’s current main transmission site, west of Tamworth, was prevented from providing a clear signal to the region due to mountainous terrain between Tamworth and Quirindi. Mr Frame said the station would be relaying 88.9fm programming across the Shire and broadcasting on 96.3fm. He said many within the region already listened to the station via iHeart Radio and the stations internet streaming with the new frequency providing a clear signal for new listeners. Mr Frame added that the new service will allow access for Council, local organisations and residents to the 88.9fm regional news service, and some local broadcasting from Quirindi. Councillor Hope said he and Mr Frame had worked hard to gain the new radio broadcast service and there will be further announcements made in the future when the coronavirus pandemic is over. Broadcasts on the new frequency 96.3fm will commence in coming weeks after infrastructure has been completed and tested.
Image: Main street, Quirindi.