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Congratulations to Stratos Pavlis for his radio program “Radio Outlaw, being declared a finalist in “Best New Radio Program - Music!” in the 2015 CBAA Community Radio Awards.

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) was “truly overwhelmed, with a record number of entries and an incredible standard of excellence”.

Award winners will be announced at a special gala dinner held in Terrigal NSW on Saturday, 14 November, 2015.

Radio Outlaw: Tuesdays 7pm - 8 pm



Our meeting with the Hume City Council on Thursday September 18, 2015 showed Council was still unwilling to let us run another test transmission using our new antenna and transmitter on the top of their Municipal office building. Why?

If they have spent $10,000 in replacing their inadequate cabling, why won’t they let us test it? We have information from some of the top experts in radio transmissions telling us that if they have installed the correct cabling as recommended by our radio technician, then there should be no interference like last time. So why won’t Council put it to the test?

They still want us off their roof - with no valid reasons being provided.

Following representatives of North West FM attending a Council meeting on Monday August 24, 2015, Council removed the deadline of September 4 for the removal of our new antenna from their administration building.

Earlier that day, Domenic Isola, CEO of Hume City Council, issued a statement with respect to the North West FM antennas.

It contains many errors, false assumptions and mis-information.

Read our full reply to the CEO’s statement here

Our 400 Watt transmitter in the Broadmeadows Town Hall is 9 years old and has been damaged and corroded by the weather and by the air-conditioning being turned off. It is only producing 50 Watts instead of the 400 Watts and is decreasing all the time. In a short period of time it will fail completely and we will be off the air - unless Council honour their agreement made in 2008 and allow us to turn on our new transmitter.

Listeners who rang Council have been told there is nothing wrong with our radio signal, This is more Council mis-information. They know we have a failing transmitter and yet they refuse to acknowledge it. Read more


The Hume City Council has backed out of their agreement to host our antenna and have refused to let us turn it on.  Watch the YouTube clip

In 2008 the then CEO of the Hume City Council invited North West FM to install our new antenna on the roof of the new Hume Municipal Offices to improve our service to the ratepayers of Hume and Moreland - especially Craigieburn. We accepted Hume Council’s proposal.

This would significantly improve the radio signal you hear at home or in your car, making it clearer across our broadcast area.

The Hume City Council helped us to get all the site reports, permits and licences. We purchased a new antenna and installed it in August 2012 in the location assigned by Council.

We also purchased a new transmitter at a total cost to North West FM in excess of $60,000.



When we turned it on, it highlighted a problem with the quality of the Hume City Council’s communications cable. We have been advised that they have replaced the old cable with fibre optic cable as recommended by our technician.

Hume City Council drew up a lease agreement which was fine-tuned over many months. Then the Hume Council backed out of their agreement and refused to let us turn it on.

Now the Hume City Council has ordered that we remove our antenna from their building by Friday September 4, 2015. See the email.

We have attempted to resolve this in an informal fashion but cannot get past the first roadblock. North West FM is a community asset - far bigger than just a radio signal.

This negative decision by the Hume City Council affects all ratepayers in our broadcasting area including all our listeners to our ethnic programs. You should be offended.

Is the Hume City Council really serving the local Community as it should?

We are a community radio station staffed by volunteers - we do not get paid to broadcast. We do it to serve our local community - it is a shame that Hume City Council don’t share our commitment to our community. TURN US ON … PLEASE.

Please assist us and voice your disapproval with Council’s decision:

Feedback: http://www.hume.vic.gov.au/Online_Forms/Give_us_Feedback

Hume Council switchboard: (03) 9205 2200 (You will have to ask for the CEO)

Hume Council CEO: Dominic Isola


~ An Important Notice to Listeners of 98.9 North West FM ~

We wish to apologize for your poor radio reception.

It is NOT North West FM’s fault.

3 years ago we installed a new transmitter and new antenna

on the Hume City Council Municipal Offices in Broadmeadows

which will improve our signal strength dramatically.

Regrettably, Hume City Council has now refused permission

for us to turn it on.

We continue to negotiate to have Council turn us on.


In the meantime, you can always listen to us on our internet streaming. 

Click on the orange LISTEN LIVE button on this page.


v  2014 Community Radio National Listener Survey

The latest research shows that 1 in 4 Australians tune in to community radio each week and spend an average of 17 hours listening.
94% of community radio listeners find community radio and its services to the Australian community valuable with local information and local participation.

These are some of the results of the latest Community Radio National Listener Survey. Read more.

News at 98.9 North West FM

98.9 North West FM is a community radio station and we broadcast from the North West suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Check out the links on this page to our broadcast map, program guide, streaming, presenters, ethnic radio programs and our radio training school.



v  North West FM at Coburg Carnivale on Saturday 26th September 2015

Coburg Carnivale 2

Thanks to everyone who attended the Coburg Carnivale in the Victoria Street Mall.

Coburg is part of North West FM’s allocated broadcast area and we were proud to be a part of the Carnivale this year.

Thanks to all who voiced their support for our Antenna battle with the Hume City Council.

 It was a great opportunity to show your support!. Read more


v  Radio Training Course


The latest training course started on Saturday September 5th, 2015

Training is held at our studio at 100 Middle Street, Hadfield 3046.

Bookings and expressions of interest are now being taken for the next course.

Read more on the course topics and the training days.

  Radio Trainees Course #1 of 2015


v  Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (Thursday May 28th, 2015)


Thanks to all who came to the North West FM studios for our Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday May 28, 2015.

This was our best Biggest Morning Tea ever - thank you for being a part of our annual fundraiser for the Cancer Council.


v  Outside Broadcast Team in Training



North West FM Is gearing up for some more outside broadcasts but first you have to train the new operators to put the audio gear together and how to use it.

Here Sam is teaching a very keen bunch of presenters eager to learn.

Peter, John and Jean learn from Sam. Barry was also a learner but someone had to take the photo.

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v  Glenroy Festival 2015



Thanks to everyone who attended the Glenroy Festival at the Sewell Reserve on Sunday March 22, 2015.

Glenroy is part of North West FM’s allocated broadcast area and we were proud to be a part of the festival again this year.

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v  Moonee Valley Festival 2015


      Logo - City Of Moonee Valley with border

Thanks to everyone who braved the heat and came along to the 38th Moonee Valley Festival on Sunday February 22, 2015.

Moonee Valley is part of North West FM’s allocated broadcast area and we were proud to be a part of the festival this year.

Read more


v  North West FM is Now Available on Smartphones



You can now listen to North West FM on your smartphone, iPhone or android, simply by visiting our website on your phone.
Alternatively you can download our free iPhone app from the Apple App Store or our Android app from the Google Play Store.
Our app lets you stream live on your smartphone - as well as providing information about all your favourite shows and presenters.

It also lets you contact the station directly from your device.


v  Streaming on the internet



We have been streaming live on the internet since July 2011.
If you have not used our radio streaming feature before, click on the Streaming Information link. It also appears below the orange “Listen Live” button at the top right of this page.

Then every time you want to hear us streaming, simply click on the orange “Listen Live” button at the top right of this page.


News Archive



Additional news items older than 12 months can be found in our News Archive.


New Program Highlights



Check out our new programs:

Somali Program

Sunday Wind Down

The Doody Show

Still Hip & Relevant

The Thursday Waffle

Somebody’s Music

Radio Outlaw

Worldly Music

One Extreme To Za Other

The Variety Show

Melbourne's Best Mix of Smooth Jazz

Shaken & Stirred

Melbourne’s Musos

Radio Roarhouse

The Bash Radio Show

The Late Show

Barely Breaking Even



The Samoan Program


The North West Cricket Report starts again on Sunday October 11, 2015.

·         The North West Cricket Report (VTCA) Sunday review 6 pm - 9 pm

- Review and results of VTCA matches with Glenn Scarborough. 

Check out our full Program Guide.


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The program can run from a minimum five weeks to eight weeks and takes students from program development all the way to production and eventual broadcast.

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2 October 2015


This Saturday, April 26th, the broadcast match of the day will be Pascoe Vale v Essendon Doutta Stars.