‘Best little station in the nation’: Listen local this year as part of MAINfm’s annual radiothon

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‘Best little station in the nation’: Listen local this year as part of MAINfm’s annual radiothon

Castlemaine’s award-winning station MainFM is getting amped up for its annual Radiothon and looking for support.

If you’re a MAINfm listener (or even if you’re not but want to be), it’s your time to shine once more as the best little not-for-profit station in the nation is gearing up for its annual ‘MAINfm radiothon’, running from July 15 to July 22 2023.

Under the theme, Bring the Noise, the three times crowned ‘best little station in the nation’ is asking the community to help provide some much-needed assistance in keeping the place up and running, continuing to bring the noise – the music, the talk, the singing, the song, the chit and the chat, the events and the vibe – to the community. 

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Over eight days, Radiothon listeners are encouraged to tune in, subscribe and show support for the long-running regional station. There are plenty of reasons to subscribe – a bounty of daily prizes will be up for grabs and everyone who subscribes during Radiothon will go in the major prize draw. 

There is an ever-growing list of businesses around town offering discounts for subscribers too. 


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If you’re unfamiliar, MainFM is a not-for-profit local radio station broadcasting on Djarra country to Castlemaine and the Mount Alexander community and accessible from anywhere in the world through its livestream. Boasting an impressive array of diversity across music, news and local information, the programs are presented by volunteers with a passion for radio which serve the local community and beyond. 

The station contributes to national media diversity by providing a platform for alternative voices with representation from people with disabilities and the LGBTIQA+ community. MainFM also offers young people a chance to get on air with breakfast time slots throughout the week.

MainFM’s team of wonderful presenters will be working overtime to bring you back to back live shows. With over 100 volunteer presenters, MainFM airs 73 shows a week across the grid and transmits 24 hours a day. 

Radiothon is a big deal for the station – It’s our major fundraiser for the year and helps us pay the bills and keep the show on the road,” MainFM’s station manager Steph Riddel said.

We’re fortunate to have the support of so many local businesses and appreciate the contribution of prizes that go toward making Radiothon successful.

“Our volunteers work so hard to present shows day in day out, Radiothon is a chance for the community to show how much they value the station and the team behind it.” 

As a volunteer organisation, all income raised during Radiothon will be used to sustain operations and for future development.  The station relies on subscribers and sponsors to pay the bills and stay on air. Become a part of the fabulous and growing MainFM community. 

‘Bring The Noise’ MAINfm radiothon runs from July 15 – July 22. To subscribe visit mainfm.net