CoronaVirus Precautions

With the nation homebound and almost on a hold thanks to the corona virus, we often get questions like "How can you still be operating while there's all this need for social distancing and self-quarantine?" So here's our policy on it for you

Corona Virus doesn't stop your radio station

Corona Virus doesn't stop your radio station

With the nation homebound and almost on a hold thanks to the corona virus, we often get questions like "How can you still be operating while there's all this need for social distancing and self-quarantine?"      So here's our policy on it for you

  1. We're an essential service in the Hawkesbury.   With print media shutting down all over the country, and fewer people getting to meet others in social gatherings, the local radio is the only way a lot of people stay connected.   As always when there’s an emergency of any kind in the Hawkesbury, it's our job – our duty – to provide the way for local residents to connect with the rest of the community and to stay up with important goings-on in the Hawkesbury.   When our temporary license requires us to stop broadcasting on 89.9FM, we continue around the clock on our streaming services you can pick up over the internet and   through our apps on your mobile phone or tablet.  Listeners can always connect with us by phone at 45 899 899 or by sending a text to our text line at 0427 899 899
  2. This doesn’t come without risks, however.  There’s always a chance that our presenters could become infected if they are out of their houses to come to do their show.    We have offered all our presenters the choice of not doing their show and we’ll find a fill-in for them or reorganise our programme schedule to accommodate this wish.   A few have taken this choice and the option remains open.     For those that still wish to come into the station to do their show,  we have taken a number of steps to minimise their risk
  3. Everyne is required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to entering the station’s studios or offices
  4. Hand sanitiser has been provided in several places around the station and everyone coming to the station is encouraged to use it frequently
  5. Face masks are strongly encouraged when at the Station except when in the studio broadcasting
  6. All presenters have been given their own personal microphone protectors/filters (or ‘socks’) .   This is the part of our equipment that gets the closest to any presenter’s face.  The sock prevents the breath hitting the microphone and making that irritating ‘popping’ sound.  Since it’s being changed each show to the presenter’s own ‘sock’ it also helps prevents the passing of infections from one presenter to another.
  7. The studio is being sanitised every few hours.  Equipment is being wiped down and desks and other surfaces are being wiped with sanitiser
  8. Update:  Two-person shows have been approved to continue because two mics in the broadcast studio allow the two presenters to sit more than the required separation distance apart, if they use diagonal spacing rather than the more normal face to face spacing. 
  9. Everyone is required to stay at least 2 metres from anyone else while they are in the station’s premises.    We don’t believe there is any need for anyone to get closer to anyone else for any activity at the station.
  10. Shift change is not a time for being social.    Everyone is asked to leave the studio with all their belongings as quickly as possible, sign out and leave the premises as soon as they have completed all radio station tasks.
  11. Presenters feeling unwell with a temperature, coughing, headache etc have been told not to come to the Station, and to seek medical help.

Several members of the public have called the police, worried that we might be breaking the isolation rules.   We have had two visits from the police now.  In both cases they have looked at what we’re doing, how we’re operating and left again, satisfied that we are doing everything that can be asked of us to protect the public,  our members, and anyone we interact with. 

As long as we are able and the law allows, we will continue to serve the public of the Hawkesbury as we have done for around 40 years.

Time now is:

10:54am, Monday, 22/July/2024

What's on today

  •    12:00am Overnight Rock
  •    6:00am Breakfast Radio
  •    9:00am Easy Does It
  •    12:00pm Listener's Choice
  •    4:00pm Drive Time
  •    7:00pm Early Evening
  •    10:00pm Psychedelic Sounds

Station Membership

Join your local station and join us in serving and informing our local community!     Download the Membership Application form,  print it out and after completing it as fully as you can, send it to us at 

Hawkesbury Radio,
11 Fitzgerald Street,
Windsor, NSW, 2756

Or alternatively drop it into the office at the above address.

Service information

We love meeting listeners - if you see our Outside Broadcast bus near you, come over and say g'day! Sadly because of the current social distancing, we can't get out and around as often as we'd like. We'll be back out and around the community again as soon as we can do so safely.

Why not call the studio and say g'day or make a request instead? Call (02) 45 899 899 or you can text a request on 0427 899 899

We don't currently have any Outside Broadcasts scheduled - why not have us broadcast from your function/promotion/event?

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