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Joy Melbourne

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JOY Melbourne began its first test transmission on December 1, 1993 (World AIDS Day) in Melbourne on 90.7 MHz. JOY is the first radio station in Australia to offer programming produced by and aimed specifically at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community

JOY continued to broadcast via temporary test transmissions, mostly on a part-time basis sharing the 90.7 frequency with other community broadcasters. Programs on JOY incorporate a mix of talkback, music and lifestyle programs, including announcements promoting community events, counselling and support services. JOY also operates a news service covering mainstream news events and issues as well those mainly concerning the GLBT community. The station is staffed by over 200 volunteers.

Out of the approximately 20 aspirant community radio licensees in Melbourne, JOY Melbourne was one of only four to be granted a full time broadcasting licence in 2001 (the other broadcasters were SYN FM, Light FM and 3KND). However JOY is licensed to cover only the inner suburbs of Melbourne whereas the other three broadcasters were allocated Melbourne-wide community broadcasting licences.

JOY Melbourne commenced full time broadcasting on its permanent licence in January 2002 on the new frequency of 94.9 MHz

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