The Organisation began in 1980 as the Christian FM Broadcasters Tasmania Inc. (We had to have test transmissions as part of securing a Licence). Our first Test Transmission was held in a caravan at Table Cape in September 1982; I helped on the phones for this. I was assisting with the construction of the studio in Wynyard, helping to put up the ceiling tiles when Dennis Adams heard my voice and said, “That’s a radio voice!”

In July 1983, Municipal Warden Bill French opened the Studio/Office in Inglis St., Wynyard. In March 1984, I was announcing in the Studio – working week days in various programs, time slots and segments. Some special ones were “Women Today”, “Print Handicapped Access”; and a real highlight was travelling to Hospitals and Nursing Homes from Smithton to Devonport getting and then presenting requests for the residents.

Other announcers then were

  • Dennis & Jan Adams,
  • Howard Kuhl,
  • Rodney Morse,
  • Kerry Aroney,
  • Kevin Keep,
  • Sheridan Gardiner,
  • Jenny Griffiths,
  • Peter Rayner,
  • Harold Ives,
  • Brett Whiteley ,
  • and Marcus Wise.

(Other vital people were technicians – headed up by Greg Cunningham and Office Staff). (We were advised that we would not be able to be granted a ‘Christian Radio Licence’ and we then applied for a Community Licence).

In 1990, after having held 22 Test Transmissions, a Community Licence was granted. We could now be ‘on air’ permanently from 23-12-1990 and our ‘name’ was changed to ‘Coastal FM Incorporated’. (Ten years of hard work – set backs; frustrations; extreme dedication & determination by many people; and licence applications finally won through!) January 13th, 1991 was our official Launching Day! Our ‘call-sign then was ‘7DBS’ – signifying our commitment to linking the Coast through Devonport, Burnie and Smithton – and our frequency was then 106.1!

In June, 1997, Fusion Australia were invited to take on the management of the station, while the Coastal FM Board continued to ensure that station fulfilled its established goals. A new antenna was then installed at Table Cape which improved the signal to the Coast. The station became known as FM 106.1 “The Coast’s Own”. The purchase of ‘tie-lines’ allowed the North West Community to see a lot more of Coast FM personnel during outside broadcasts. The original transmissions from Table Cape started with 106.1 and the two translators were added at Smithton 88.9 and Devonport104.7 at a later stage.

During the recent upgrade (during 2015-16) the studios have now move to digital era in preparation for future digital broadcasting. Some of the station managers were Dennis Adams, Sheridan Gardiner, Poul Bottern, Matt Amery, Nathaniel Garvin, Jim Griffin and now Mal Metcalf.

by Marjorie Weeks, August 2007