About Life FM Bathurst
Life FM 100.1 is a Christian community radio station broadcasting on 100.1 MHz, located in the central tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. Life FM 100.1 is a 100% voluntary organisation.
Life FM 100.1 is owned and operated by Bathurst Christian Broadcasters Incorporated (BCB), an inter-denominational charitable organisation based in Bathurst. Life FM 100.1 is officially 2BCB but prefers the identity Life FM.
2BCB was formed in 1993. A permanent licence was awarded on 16th June 1999 after test transmission lasting five years with volunteers demonstrating extraordinary dedication during this time. Full time broadcasting as Rhema FM commenced on the 1st July 1999.
On the 1st January 2000, Rhema FM changed its name to Life FM 100.1, ‘Spirit of the West’, so that it would have a name to which listeners would easily relate.
Life FM 100.1 is truly the station of the new millennium.
Our Vision is to carry the message of the love of Jesus to every ear in the central west.
We outreach to the people who may not go to a church, and have possibly never heard the Gospel. In today’s media driven society, this is not an easy task. We have to compete with a large number of radio stations for an audience. We are not a church; we cannot replace a church. Our role is to help people to think about Christ. We do this with a balanced presentation of contemporary Christian music and spoken word messages. In keeping with our vision we concentrate on presenting Christian music and messages completely differentiating us from other radio presentations.
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Our studios have recently been relocated to Catholic Healthcare, St Catherine’s, on Busby Street.
Our transmitter is located at Mt Ovens near Yetholme, at the eastern boundary of our license area. We have co-sited with 2KY Racing Radio, who generously allow us to use their antenna and tower installation. Our transmission equipment was purchased with funds raised by our members, gifts and loans from our supporters and the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
For the tech-heads, our output power is 10Kw ERP and we maintain an STL link between the studio and the transmitter. We have two RVR transmitters.
Life FM 100.1 serves the region of Bathurst and the broader central tablelands community. Our footprint at full power extends 100Km, and so Life FM 100.1 is also heard in Lithgow, Katoomba, Mudgee, Cowra, Taralga, Oberon and Orange. By 2002, we had gained 7% of local radio listeners. McNair Ingenuity surveys have found that a staggering 57% of radio listeners listen to a community station at some point during the month.
Our own polls suggest in excess of 14% of Bathurst radio listenership prefer Life FM 100.1 with many listeners dedicated solely to Life FM 100.1.