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.
3MBS is a volunteer-based community broadcasting station operating within the terms of a licence granted by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) to the Music Broadcasting Society of Victoria Limited, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, to serve the fine music community of Melbourne.
The Company is managed by a Board of Directors, which employs a General Manager with responsibility for the day to day operations. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction and financial sustainability of the Station's operations. Board policies guide the work of all volunteers and staff at the station.
The Board is currently made up of (9) directors elected by members for a two year term. There are three Board Committees - a Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, a Policy Committee, and a Technical Committee.
Thilo Troschke (Chairman)
Did you know that by becoming a member of the Music Broadcasting Society of Victoria Limited, you can have a say in the how the Company is governed?
Membership will cost you $22 annually.
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.
Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee
The 3MBS Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee is a sub-committee of the Company. The primary function of the Committee is to assist the Board of Directors to carry out its governance responsibilities in respect to financial reporting, budgeting, monitoring income and expenditure, risk management, and compliance with laws and regulations.
Luisa Banks (Chair)
The 3MBS Policy Committee is a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. The primary function of the Committee is to assist the Board of Directors to carry out its governance responsibilities in respect the Company’s Constitution, licence, legislative, and reporting obligations.
John Worcester (Chair)
The 3MBS Board Technical Committee is a sub-committee of the Board of Directors and provides advice on (a) current and future technology related issues, and (b) the prioritisation of expenditure on broadcast, recording and other related equipment. It assists the Board in governing and overseeing the 3MBS broadcast and information technology policies, systems and hardware.
Alan Hutchison (Chair)