Radio’s close to the heart of Vision.
Our story began in 1999, broadcasting from humble studios in Springwood, Brisbane on February 1 of that year. Two-and-a-half years later, we moved into larger premises in nearby Underwood to enable us to better provide 24/7 broadcast coverage to a growing number of relay stations across the nation, plus listeners on the internet as well as direct-from-satellite.
In the 12 months following March 2001, a rapid expansion began, with our relay stations tripling to around 90. In the same year, Vision Christian Media (then UCB Australia) took the bold step of introducing Australia's first nationwide Christian worldview news service – UCB News – which is heard on Vision as well as around 20 other stations.
Fast-forward two years, and UCB had opportunity to secure its first high-powered open narrowcast licences, which were soon put on air.
The network quickly reached 150 relay stations by the end of 2003, and in the following year, its first foray into AM radio followed with sites in Shepparton, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie. Just prior to Christmas 2004, a further 17 high-powered licences were secured, going on air in 2005.
Over the years, we've been able to acquire hundreds of high and low-powered open narrowcast licenses to set up a national network of relay stations reaching listeners everywhere from our largest cities through to regional centres to tiny isolated towns in the bush. Many places have benefited from our cost effective approach of using low-powered FM transmitters. Although typically only one to ten watts, they usually give quite adequate residential coverage in small towns, depending on the antenna height above local terrain. The setup cost is very achievable for most communities and the ongoing cost in minimal due to low maintenance equipment with low power consumption - we even use solar power in remote areas.
As our transmitters have grown in number, so has our program content matured and developed. Our team of professional broadcast staff comes from many walks of life and media backgrounds, and are the daily voice of Vision Radio around Australia.
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Of course, our story is far bigger than just radio. Read more about our history here.