Since 1976, PBS 106.7FM has brought sonic individuality to Melbourne’s radio waves. As a not-for-profit community radio station, PBS has provided a launch pad for a number of local artists, including Courtney Barnett, Jess Ribeiro and Gold Class.

“It exists to play music that is not represented by the mainstream media. It supports local art and specialist genres,” says Josie Smart, PBS’s marketing and events coordinator.

Located on Easey Street, Collingwood, PBS is run by more than 400 volunteers and a handful of staff. With a roster of more than 80 unique programs, the station offers listeners a melting pot of genres including jazz, rhythm and blues, shoegaze, sludge doom, stoner rock and everything in between.

“Each presenter is passionate about what they do. It’s real music played by real people,” says Smart.

Until May 29 the station is encouraging listeners to renew or sign up for an annual station membership via its 2016 Take The Plunge Music Festival.

“We chose the festival theme of “Take The Plunge” because water is essential for life, and for the PBS family, this station is an integral part of their lives,” Smart says.

Memberships range from standard “Proud” memberships ($80 per adult, $45 per concession), to premium “Friend for Life” memberships ($1600). All memberships come with a members discount card (entitling listeners to discounts at more than 100 businesses around town); a bumper sticker; a PBS compilation CD; and two copies a year of PBS Easey magazine. Members are also eligible for on-air giveaways and promotions. Premium memberships offer further benefits.

All funds raised through memberships go towards ensuring PBS remains vibrant, varied and independent.

The PBS Radio Festival runs until May 29.

Become a member here.