Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community radio station serving the Blue Mountains since 1993. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from its studio in Block A, 25A-27 Parke Street, Katoomba, to a potential audience of some 75,000 people across the Blue Mountains and to a much wider national and international audience through internet streaming.
Radio Blue Mountains is a member of the CBAA Community Radio Network, a national network that provides a wide range of programming when local presenters are unavailable. The station is funded through listener support, grants and limited commercial sponsorship and is run on behalf of the members by a dedicated management committee.
The station’s creative and diverse programming is designed to suit the needs of the Blue Mountains community, ranging from programs for the disabled, for hobbyists interested in food or gardening, to others featuring local creatives in many disciplines including musicians and artists to writers, thespians, photographers and fimmakers. Interviews with people of interest to Blue Mountains residents and with dignitaries and community leaders happen regularily, especially at the occasional live outside broadcasts that are also a feature of its programming.
The station’s programs involve a wide range of music styles including jazz, country, rock, dance, blues and classical as well as coverage of local bands, festivals and other musical and cultural events events such as Winter Magic, where we had a very successful Outside Broadcast for 2019.
Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 works closely with the all sections of the Blue Mountains community. Its close relationship with the Blue Mountains City Council has led to efforts to establish the station as an emergency communicator in times of bushfires and other catastrophes. The station encourages local musicians and has a regular Gig Guide on Thursdays at 7pm after ARTHouse (Blue Mountains Live) and highlights social and cultural activity in the Upper Blue Mountains through on-air interviews along with its daily promotion of community events through its Community Notice Board segments. Recent sponsorship and partnering with The Carrington Hotel and the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) have raised the profile of the station across the community.