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Friends of the Earth podcast history series made in collaboration with 3CR 855 AM community radio show Acting Up!    Monday 2.00pm.  Ratbags, peaceniks and agents of change, resistance radio that explores the movements that made us. 

45 years of Acting Up!  Friends of the Earth & 3CR audio episode

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Presenters: Megan Williams and Em Gayfer
Guests: Mick Harris (FOE volunteer & Community Radio Federation 3CR rep), Larissa MacFarlane (FOE presenter, Green Beat), Juliet Fox (Green Beat presenter & 3CR Projects Coordinator), Michaela Stubbs (FOE ACE collective & 3CR Program Coordinator), and Cam Walker (FOE Campaigns Coordinator)

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This final 45 years of Acting Up episode celebrates Friends of the Earth’s bonds with 3CR.  Friends of the Earth is an on-air affiliate presenting 3CR shows Dirt Radio, Earth Matters, and with guests on the Radioactive Show, in solidarity we give voice to campaigns for environmental and social change.  Read about key moments in 3CR-FOE programming, listen to audio episodes, and find out how you can get involved with Friends of the Earth and support 3CR Community Radio.

Key moments: Friends of the Earth & 3CR

1976 3CR goes to air.  The Melbourne based community radio station provides a voice for those denied access to mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and the many community groups and community issues discriminated against through mass media.

Late 1970s – early 1980s 3CR-FOE environment programs air weekly hosted by The Alternative Technology Association, and the Habitat and Heritage show presents daily updates.  3CR-FOE collaborate on fundraisers for both organisations, and produce nuclear energy program segments.

1994 - 1996 FOE Melbourne starts Green Beat radio show on 3CR, producing 97 shows covering local protests with a focus on environmental and social issue campaigns.

Late 1990s - 2000s 3CR audio documentation of FOE Indigenous solidarity gatherings and many other environment-focused events. 

FOE segments and guests on the 3CR Breakfast Show.

3CR-FOE radio shows cover S11 protests with FOE guest Cam Walker noting the different blocks at the protest surrounding Crown Casino, from Green blocks to trade union blocks, expressing solidarity and building communities.

Local DJs and artists support the annual FOE Melbourne Ball with community radio allies, activists and local creatives producing wonderful, self-made fundraising events, attracting new supporters and promoting local performers such as the Wolfgramm Sisters.

FOE’s Green Beat show transforms into the Earth Matters show, still on air with 3CR in 2020. 

2013 3CR-FOE live outside broadcast from the Sustainable Living Festival.  Listen here

2014 - 2016 3CR-FOE Sustainable Breakfast series, supported by the City of Yarra, goes to air broadcasting from Friends of the Earth’s Food Co-op.  Listen here

2015 Watch: Radical History of 3CR Community Radio

2019 As part of Friends of the Earth's 45th birthday celebrations, members of FOE Melbourne's Dirt Radio team come together with 3CR staff to host a retrospective radio series: 45 Years of Creative Resistance.  Read full article here

2020 3CR is a dynamic, community hub producing community radio with over 400 volunteers, 2 full-time and 4 part-time staff members.  3CR promotes independent Australian artists and composers, and plays at least 55% Australian music.  3CR airs Station Programs initiated by individuals or groups, or Affiliate Programs with presenters from organisations such as Friends of the Earth.  Groups broadcasting on 3CR cover the areas of social justice, the environment, ethnic communities, the arts, music, and trade unions.  3CR broadcasters present around 125 radio programs with 20 community language shows in 13 different languages, and 10 hours of Indigenous programming.  Listeners can tune in on 855AM, stream live through the web and download podcasts of 3CR shows

2020 Friends of the Earth Melbourne: mobilise - resist – transform

Listen to 3CR Friends of the Earth Dirt Radio show
Tuesday 9:30am - 10:00am.  Friends of the Earth campaigners and activists dig down into the dirt on important environmental and social justice issues.3CR FoE Dirt Radio

Listen to 3CR Earth Matters show
Sunday 11:00am - 11:30am.  Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus, distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

Listen to 3CR Radioactive Show
Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am.  Current news and information on nuclear, peace and energy issues.

Listen to 3CR Acting Up show
Monday 2:00pm - 2:30pm.  Drawing from the activist archives through to voices of resistance today, we take you under the hood to see how collectives and campaigns form, mobilise people, and work cooperatively to transform systems of oppression.

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3CR is financially independent, relying on memberships and donations for financial support.

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