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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  Radio Training Course


The next training course will start on Saturday September 5th, 2015 with a half day introductory session so you can be sure our training is what you expected, and that it will be of use to you.

The remaining days are Saturdays September 12th and 19th, Sunday September 20th (all full days) and the final half day on Saturday September 26th.

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

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

Read more on the course topics and the training days.

  Radio Trainees Course #1 of 2015


v  Essendon District Football League (EDFL) - Finals Series for Season 2015


The broadcast Match of the Day on Saturday August 29 will be the Division 2 Preliminary Final match between Roxburgh Park and Jacana.

The broadcast Match of the Day on Sunday August 30 will be the Premier Division Semi Final match between Pascoe Vale and Keilor.


Saturday matches will be broadcast from 1 pm til 5.30 pm and Sunday matches from 2 pm til 5 pm. Listen to the live broadcast on 98.9 FM or via our live streaming on the internet.

North West FM will broadcast the EDFL’s finals matches every Saturday and Sunday through to the Premier Division Grand Final on Saturday September 12.

To make way for the Sunday broadcasts, “That’s Country” will be heard between 12 noon and 2 pm and “D-Selection” will take a 3 week break, returning on Sunday September 13.

v  VAFA Grand Final Broadcast


North West FM will broadcast the Victorian Amateur Football Association’s Grand Final on Sunday September 20.

“That’s Country” will be heard between 12 noon and 2 pm and “D-Selection” will take a one week break, returning on Sunday September 27.

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.

See more photos


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.

Read more


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

Somebody’s Music

Still Hip & Relevant

The Thursday Waffle

One Extreme To Za Other

Radio Outlaw

Worldly Music

Radio Roarhouse

The Variety Show

Melbourne's Best Mix of Smooth Jazz

Shaken & Stirred

Melbourne’s Musos

Barely Breaking Even

The Bash Radio Show

The Late Show

The Samoan Program





The North West Amateur Footy Report is reaching the end of the 2015 season.

·         The North West Amateur Footy Report (VAFA) Sunday review 6 pm - 9 pm

- Review and results of VAFA matches with Glenn Scarborough. 

Check out our full Program Guide.


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27 August 2015


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