Each week 94.7 The Pulse broadcasts a variety of programs including talk-based news and current affairs, comedy, jazz, heavy rock, youth orientated programs and multicultural programs. Community radio exists to serve people in the community whose needs are not being met by the commercial or national sectors of broadcasting. We offer an alternative to mainstream radio.
Although our studios are in Geelong, the service area of the station extends to Lorne, the outskirts of Colac, the outskirts of Ballarat, Werribee and anywhere in between. While primarily designed to serve Geelong, the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula, the signal can be received in some parts of Melbourne and other places depending on the location and type of equipment used. We also broadcast via live streaming online, so people from all over Australia and the world can tune in to 94.7 The Pulse.
Itís expensive to run a radio station and revenue is constantly sourced from government grants and sponsorships by businesses and organisations. We also strongly rely on the support of our listeners becoming subscribers through our subscriber drives.
Our Story of 94.7 the Pulse
94.7 The Pulse began as 3YYR (or You Yangs Radio). The idea of a community radio in Geelong was initiated at a public meeting held in November 1984. Interested Geelong citizens formed a committee to gain support from the Geelong community and to gather the technical and administrative expertise to lobby the government for its support and to meet the requirements for a licence application.
After several test broadcasts and further lobbying, 3YYR commenced full time broadcasting on May 1, 1988. The name 3YYR was changed to Geelong Radio in 1996. Up until 2001 Geelong Radio broadcast on the frequency 100.3FM, but as part of the federal governmentís national frequency re-arrangement plan, was forced to leave this frequency in June 2001. The station made the decision to move to the higher transmitter power and a new frequency of 94.7 FM and to change its name to 94.7 The Pulse.
In 2004, suffering major debts for the running costs of the station, Diversitat became our parent company, taking on our debt. Diversitat and 94.7 the Pulse has great synergy in its community focus and community projects. 94.7 The Pulse has thrived in this partnership.
In 2013, we celebrated 25 years of broadcasting. This is a significant achievement in community broadcasting. We thank all those that have been involved with the station throughout the years. We still have a number of volunteer presenters which have been involved with the station since the early days, as well as a number which have served long term. We couldnít do this without them.
We also established Pulse Geelong Television in 2013, which airs on Channel 31 (Digital 44). Pulse Geelong Television is a 30 minute lifestyle/magazine program highlighting and featuring the Greater Geelong region and its many hidden gems: the diversity of Geelong and its surrounding community, itís personalities, exploring local music talent, dabbling in the arts, highlighting different cultures and taking part in local festivals.
You can watch all our past episodes of Pulse Geelong TV via www.youtube.com/947thepulsetv