The City of Logan is lucky to have its own community radio station that covers local topics, has local DJ’s and the support of hundreds of local businesses.
Radio Logan Incorporated, aka 101FM, was established in 1984 and it came about after the Logan City Council at the time put the word out to find people interested in establishing a local station.
The push for a municipal radio station was spearheaded by then Division 10 Councillor Tom O’Neil and the Council Public Relations Department, with the reasoning that as Logan had reached “city” status.
The purpose of creating Radio Logan Incorporated was to provide the Logan community with news, entertainment, music, current affairs and information on local events and issues affecting the lifestyle of the community of which it serves.
Within the first year of the organisation’s establishment, council gave access to broadcast from the council premises at 4 Karrawatha Street, Springwood, where the water towers are situated, which happens to be the highest point in Logan City.
After two years and four test transmissions, Radio Logan Incorporated was granted its licence in September 1988 with the start of permanent transmission on 18 November 1988.
The first on-air announcer was David Jull, who, before entering politics, worked in commercial radio and television.
The station’s first test transmission took place at the residence of J. Horrocks (101 FM technical director). Three further tests and initial permanent broadcasting were done from a demountable studio situated behind the water tower in Karrawatha Street, Springwood.
After seven years the location was being turned into a new police precinct by the state government and this led to a deal for the station to move to the old police station at 8 Railway Parade, Logan Central. Once refurbishment was completed, the station moved into the building in 1993 and have been there since.
Over the years there has been many different on-air talent personalities with some being there for decades. The current line-up covers a vast mix of music genres and there is a show that suits everyone.
If you are a regular listener, you will know many of the voices. The drive to work is one of the best shows on radio with Paul Barrett from 5am to 9am. Not only does he play some of the best music, his presenter style is one that becomes addictive.
The more you listen to 101FM over the weeks the more you will get to know the shows and presenters. While every show is great to listen to, you will find your favourites and you will become a regular listener.
Photos by Michelle Cop (MC Photography)