3MBS is a fine music community radio station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1975, 3MBS was the first FM station in Victoria and led the way for the introduction of community radio in Australia.
3MBS passionately supports fine music, especially Melbourne musicians and composers, and is the only locally-based classical music radio station in Victoria.
3MBS relies on listener support in the form of subscriptions, donations and bequests.
We aim to be the leading fine music broadcaster in Melbourne through creating quality programs that are diverse and interesting, and supporting our community of listeners, performers and composers.
- First class programs & broadcasting
3MBS was conceived by music fan and radio engineer Brian Cabena in 1968 to address a lack of classical music being played on the radio. Cabena wrote a letter to The Age newspaper, calling for interest in a listener-run classical music radio station. 200 people attended that first meeting and founded the Music Broadcasting Society (MBS) of Victoria.
In 1974, the McLean report recommended that TV should be removed from the internationally recognised FM band to allow FM broadcasting to begin. MBSV members travelled to Sydney to help establish 2MBS which first went to air in late 1974. The following year in July saw the launch of 3MBS in Melbourne. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana has the honour of being the first piece of music played on this new station, 3MBS.
As we still do, 3MBS relied on subscriptions from listeners to fund the operation of the station, and for a time, only divulged programming information to subscribers. Numbered items related to printed program notes and announcers would refer to the music by number only (a practice which was abandoned in 1976). 3MBS continues to produce a program guide, which is delivered to all subscribers in either printed or email format.
In 2007 3MBS relocated from Brian Cabena’s original shopfront at Kew to our current home at the Abbotsford Convent. 3MBS is proud to be part of this beautiful cultural precinct. Looking to the future, 3MBS built the new station to make the most of digital technology and features digitally linked studios and a state-of-the art performance studio and control room, with which 3MBS broadcasts and records local, national and international musicians.
There is a Board of Directors half of which is elected by members each year for a 2 year term. There is a small annual fee to be a member of 3MBS. Membership enables people to vote at AGMs and to stand for the Board. The Board of Directors is responsible for the direction of the station. It develops policies and employs staff to undertake duties that will achieve the policies. There are a number of volunteer committees established to co-ordinate activities such as programming and training.
The Board policies guide the work of all volunteers and staff at the station. The Board has developed since the early days of the station when all Directors had programs at the station. The current Board has members recruited for their expertise in finance, marketing and law. Many Board members are not involved in broadcasting, but rather are interested in the station's overall development.
Alan Hutchison (Chairman)
Did you know that you can join the Music Broadcasting Society of Victoria as a member?
As a financial member you will receive updates on important decisions and an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. You also have the right to vote and be nominated for election to the Board.
3MBS is a community station and welcomes the involvement of persons interested in fine music in Melbourne.
You can download a Membership Application Form here.
Over 200 dedicated volunteers devote their time, energy and passion to 3MBS, both on-air and behind-the-scenes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Without their combined knowledge, experience, skills and commitment, 3MBS would never survive.
Programmers & Presenters
Outside Broadcast Recording
Trainees - Presenter/Programmers
Trainees - Producers
For over ten years 3MBS has been giving talks to community clubs and organizations, spreading the word about the station's activities. Our dedicated volunteer speakers have delivered these talks to groups such as Probus, Rotary, Church Groups, YMCA, The Historical Radio Society and the Superannuated Commonwealth Officer's Association.
To arrange a tour of the station or a speaker to visit you (distance permitting), please contact Maureen Barns at the station on 9416 1035 or via email - firstname.lastname@example.org