Eventide radio celebrates tenth anniversary

Stawell's very own radio station, Eventide Radio, has celebrated a decade of entertaining local residents.

Found at frequency 87.6 FM within a 10 kilometre radius of Stawell, Eventide Radio operates 24 hours a day and features songs by favourite artists including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, The Seekers and Kenny Rogers.

Eventide Homes Stawell Board Chair Roger Warne, who has a 38-year association with the retirement home, launched the commercial free radio station in 2003.

"Eventide Radio invokes memories of days gone by for a lot of people," Mr Warne said.

"These days there is a lot of talk back on radio and I wanted to provide a station that featured non-stop musical classics to be enjoyed by Eventide residents and the local community."

Mr Warne said in the early 2000s, the Federal Government auctioned low-power transmitting radio licences (three per locality) and he purchased one - plus all of the equipment - out of his own pocket.

"My sons helped me set up the computer program, which currently has a database of more than 8,000 songs," he said.

"We got a full licence to play unlimited recordings from all artists, as long as there were no profits made."

Eventide Homes also features much-loved radio programs from around the world, including Dad and Dave, Jack Benny, Caltex heater and Lux Radio Theatre.

At times, personal messages from celebrities like Dr James Wright, Shane Warne and Ita Buttrose pop up.

"Eventide Radio is a unique asset to Eventide Homes and Stawell. We are always collecting new tracks and would love to hear from the local community if they have any requests," Mr Warne said.

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