ABOUT 4DDD 4DDD is a community-run radio station dedicated to the Western Downs region in southern Queensland. Since first airing in January 1992, 4DDD has operated entirely through the support of volunteers and programs shows dedicated to music, sport, games and other community services.
History of 4DDD In October 1991, Dalby Rotary Club called a public meeting to establish a radio station in Dalby. Some of those who attended were from the Dalby Amateur Radio Club, of which Reg Kerslake was a member. Out of that meeting Dalby Community Radio was formed.
Origins of the 4DDD Name
A competition was run amongst the community to find a name for the station and submissions were received and a winner was selected. The name chosen was 4DDD which stood for Dalby in the Darling Downs. 4DDD’s first transmission commenced on Australia Day in 1992 and ran for 5 days and nights. It was transmitted on 104.3.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority was at that time known as the Australian Broadcasting Authority and limited transmissions to 28 days per year. In 1997 4DDD was granted a temporary full license on 89.9fm and has been on that frequency ever since. Permanent license was granted in 2000. 4DDD operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located in the same building as the initial broadcast.
Geographical Expansion When a number of council's amalgamated to become Western Downs Regional Council, 4ddd members were invited to a council meeting to discuss widening the reach to other locations within the newly formed area. It was to take eight years before the dream became a reality. In 2016, 4ddd Community Radio began transmitting in Wandoan, Meandarra, Moonie and Tara.