Story of Radiofabrik
Over twelve years experience and counting
Radiofabrik 107,5 – Freier Rundfunk Salzburg – is a community radio located at Salzburg (Austria), it is the largest community radio in Western Austria.
Some of the founders, for example Wolfgang Hirner (who became CEO of the Radiofabrik later on) of Radiofabrik were broadcasting illegal «pirate radio» already in 1992. The programme was called «Radio Bongo 500».
Radiofabrik was the second Austrian community Radio, which started broadcasting immediately after the breakup of the radio broadcasting monopoly (Radio Helsinki at Graz, already started in 1995). In the beginning Radiofabrik had a five-hour broadcast-slot at the commercial radio station «Radio Arabella».
The daily broadcasting service started in January 2002, in alliance with the «Objektwerbung GmbH». After «Objektwerbung GmbH» faced financial turbulences, it retired from the broadcasting alliance in October 2003. By that time RADIOFABRIK received the full broadcasting licence.
Nowadays more than 250 volunteers create a twenty-four-seven radio programme, which is broadcasted via the frequencies 107,5 MHz and 97,3 MHz and via cable 98,6 MHz.
In the early days of Radiofabrik programme was produced in a container-studio. In 2005 the broadcast station moved into the ARGE-Kultur Salzburg, the largest autonomic cultural centre of Western Austria, where professional infrastructure and equipment (office, studio, production rooms and workshop rooms) is available.