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Radio KLFM: emergency broadcaster

CBAA News, 30th October 2014

Radio KLFM is now an official emergency broadcaster after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister for Police, Emergency and Bushfire Response Kim Wells MP at the State Control Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 October 2014.

Minister Wells said with the signing of KLFM as an emergency broadcaster, 35 extra towns will receive emergency warnings and information via KLFM.

KLFM General Manager Brad Geier said that the station played a major role during the Black Saturday bush fires keeping listeners informed with emergency information.

“I’m delighted that we, along with Emergency Authorities now have this agreement in place that will ensure accurate and timely information is broadcast during an emergency.”

“Community stations are at the hub of their community with listeners tuning in for local information,” said Minister Wells.

KLFM can be activated at any time by the State Control Centre to provide emergency information to listeners in times of an Emergency.

KLFM have been broadcasting to Bendigo and Central Victoria since 1989. They join UGFM – Radio Murrindindi, Stereo 974, Plenty Valley FM and various other organisations as officially recognised Victorian emergency broadcasters.

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Increasingly community broadcasters are taking on the responsibility of providing warnings and other information to their communities in times of emergency.


Throughout the recent bushfire crisis and in the aftermath, community radio has remained a vital source of local emergency information and space for community connection.


The role of community broadcasters as conveyers of emergency information to their local communities is a topic of increasing relevance.