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by Daniel Bingham
posted 10/08/2022

Eastside FM is coming to Bondi Pavilion!

An exciting new chapter in Eastside history

Waverley Council is delighted to announce that it has awarded the license to operate the community radio studio at Bondi Pavilion to local broadcaster Eastside Radio

Council’s General Manager, Emily Scott, said the Pavilion has been a part of Waverley’s cultural identity for more than 90 years and will now have an ongoing presence on the FM dial.

“We are confident that Eastside Radio will do a marvelous job in activating our radio studio through the creation and broadcast of localised content and community engagement initiatives for all of Waverley,”  Ms Scott said.

“People will be able to tune in from home or on the drive home from work or when visiting Waverley.”

Eastside Radio Managing Director Tony Smythe said the studio operating license represents a proud new chapter in the station’s long history of broadcasting from Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“Many of Eastside’s presenters and producers are working musicians, DJs, and artists while others have a background in journalism, science and education,” Mr Smythe said.

“It is also the only radio station in Sydney to devote five mornings a week to supporting theatre, dance, film, design, literature, Indigenous, visual and other art forms, so we think it is a natural fit for us.”

Eastside Radio dedicates 5 mornings a week to Arts programming

The Pavilion’s radio studio will be operated by Council as a shared facility through a licensing agreement with Eastside Radio. Scheduled to open in September, the radio studio comprises a professional standard broadcast and producer facility with shared access to two music studios.

Eastside currently broadcasts from its studios in Paddington Town Hall and will continue to do so, with the Pavilion studios operating as a second site for the broadcaster.

Council called for Expressions of Interest in February for the Bondi Pavilion Community Radio Station License which was voted on by Council in closed session on 17 May. The resolution can be found on page 19 of the Minutes of the May 2022 Council meeting.

From Waverley Council News & Media: waverley.nsw.gov.au