94.9 MAINfm is turning up Australian Music in November, bringing you a solid month of home-grown talent. 

MAINfm will play a part in supporting Australian creators through challenging times, by increasing our focus on Australian artists across the program grid in November….

Our 90+ volunteer presenters will turn the focus of the music on their shows to Australian artists –  this might be by presenting music shows with 100% Australian content, or playing even more local content than they usually would. 

There will be retrospectives, interviews, live recordings from the MAINfm archives, Australian themed-shows and more.  

There is no doubt there will be a lot of exciting home-grown radio to go around. As our listeners know, we already have two dedicated Australian Music programs (‘Live & Local’ and ‘Hot to Trot’) and have committed to work towards a quota of 30% Australian Music across our programming. 


Dja Dja Wurrung Radio – MON- FRI mornings 8.30 am

Starting Monday 6th July- for what would have been NAIDOC week- MAINfm is beginning a new series focusing on local indigenous culture.

Dja Dja Wurrung Radio was created for MAINfm in 2016 by Uncle Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly. It is a series of short interviews to highlight and celebrate local indigenous culture past and present. It was shortlisted for the 2016 Reconciliation Victoria HART awards and was made possible by a grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Pictured- Alison Hanly, Dakota Nelson and Uncle Rick Nelson



MAINfm are proud to support the 16 Days of Activism: Against Gender-based Violence campaign.
If you have a business, spread the word about the 16 Days of Activism campaign. You can register at Mount Alexander Shire Council, grab a pack and get decorating, they even have centre pieces for your cafe tables! Great advertising prizes on offer from Castlemaine Mail and MAINfm. Upload a photo of your decorated window or business to your socials and use the #RespectMtAlex hashtag



We have been the recipient of some fantastic news from the Community Broadcasting Foundation this week, in the form of two content grants. These grants are for two very program series ‘The Card-Carrying Members of the Library Liberation Front’ and ‘Turning the Goldfields Green’.

The Card-Carrying Members of the Library Liberation Front is a ten-part podcast and radio series uncovering the human stories of connection that people make through libraries, from young mums and the elderly, marginalised teenagers and refugees, to prison Dads who record themselves reading books to their children while incarcerated.  

Turning the Goldfields Green  is a one hour weekly radio program and podcast; interviewing people, groups, businesses and institutions about their activities, efforts and solutions to the climate crisis. Working in partnership with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG), this program will investigate what is happening locally (Central Victoria) and how that is reflected globally.  

Congratulations to everyone who worked hard on obtaining these grants! 

MAINfm Rogies: Radio Awards Night & Party

MAINfm presents Castlemaine’s inaugural radio awards night…

Saturday 7 December
Wesley Hill Hall
5:30pm for 7pm start

Come along & celebrate our presenters, and be sure to cast your vote in the following categories:

  • Chatterati Talk Award
  • The Rex Watts Music Award
  • New Kid on The Block Award
  • Fresh Award
  • Old Hand Radio Award
  • The Gold Rogie

Food trucks, bar, music from Stop That Mammoth & World Turtle World. Free Entry.

Turn Me ON Radiothon


Radiothon 2019 was a blast – we can’t thank you enough, our loyal listeners, for your continued support.  Til next year, stay tuned to 94.9 MAINfm – community radio rocks!

Massive thanks to all our 2019 prize donors:

Animus Distillery
The Art of Healing magazine
Bike Vault
Brooklyn Arts Hotel
Castlemaine Community House
Castlemaine Natural Health
Castlemaine Veterinary Clinic
Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar
Coffee Basics/Das Kaffee Haus
Cornerstore Merchants
Criterion or Railway Hotel
Diggers Store
Dulce Lunar @ Lot 19
Fish n Shells
Fryers Tea House
Good Life Careers
Gung Hoe Growers
Harcourt Valley Vineyards
Julia Chapman Design
Maine Second Hand Centre
Maine Shoes & Accessories
New Northern
Parsons Motor & Body
Penny Ryan Photography
Pud for All Seasons
Saint Florian Café
Shedshaker Brewing
Skin n Tonik
Sound Recordings
Super Hero Banh Mi
Tara Creative Centre – Taradale
Taradale Glamping
Theatre Royal
Yoga Living Castlemaine with Eliza Terry
Yoga Reflections with Jane Mallick

Huge congratulations to the winners of our major prizes:

Angus Gratton – 2 nights at the Brooklyn Arts Hotel, Fitzroy

David Norris – 2 nights at the Diggers Store, Campbells Creek

Rohan Wightman – weekend glamping in Taradale

Lucy Young – overnight accommodation at the New Northern Arts Hotel, Castlemaine

Follow this link to subscribe:

$35 waged/$25 concession/unwaged
$60 passionate
$10 under 12s and pets
$100 business
$60 community groups

So many reasons to subscribe. When you subscribe to MAINfm for a year you will receive the following perks:

  • The MAINfm subscriber card to receive discounts at our growing community of subscriber discounters around town
  • The super cool MAINfm bumper sticker for your car (designed by Julia Chapman)
  • Free or discounted entry to MAINfm affiliated events
  • Our bi-monthly newsletter featuring all the latest news and events
  • The warm and fuzzy feeling you get from keeping your community radio on air and being a valued member of the MAINfm family
  • Exclusive eligibility to win on-air giveaways and Radiothon prizes if you subscribe during Radiothon month
  • Businesses and Community Groups will also be acknowledged with their logo on the MAINfm website.

MAIN Kick Off After Party

What better way to celebrate the biggest and best game of footy this side of the Great Dividing Range, than to come and catch some damned good live music at the local?!

$10 entry – all proceeds go to MAINfm.
Entry includes a free pot of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale or a house wine (Thanks Bridge Hotel!!!)

Whadda lineup:

DAVO – Castlemaine’s biggest and best covers band! Sure to give you an uncontrollable urge to dance! Featuring members of: The OOga Boogas, Affordable Repayments, HR, & DEAD.

Gonzo – Thrash, stash, and bash at its finest. Formed in the sunny seaside town of Ocean Grove, Gonzo are a real life rock band that now resides in Melbourne. You can check out their last recording here: (coincidentally recorded smack bang in the middle of Campbells Creek!)

Aplegate – Lo-fi progressive pop & psychedelic jam outs?! Yes please. Here’s some of their live recordings for a bit of a taste: Formed in and loved by Castlemaine!

The Great Wilcannia Musical Instrument Recombobulation Concert!


MAINfm presents: The Great Wilcannia Musical Instrument Recombobulation Concert!

Sunday 7th April 1pm-6pm.

Archer, Rex, and Zeb are heading to Wilcannia to run musical workshops, forge a relationship between Wilcannia River Radio & MAINfm, record local people and make a bloody great radio series: ‘Adventures of the Heart’.

We need your help to make this happen! WE need your unused/no longer needed musical insstruments.

ENTRY: free with donated instrument, or $10
100% of proceeds go to the Wilcannia community.

Archer + Band
Cathy Burke
Kavisha Mazzella
Mick Coates & the Shallow Gravediggers
Mon Coeur
Railroad Rex & the Hapless Brakemen
Kenny Jo Blake
Plus special guests

List of desired instruments:
electric guitars
electric bass
acoustic guitars