FAQs about Radiothon 2017

Be part of another story of hope today…


“Its so nice to know there’s good words out there, there’s so much doom and gloom around, families that suffer and struggle… there wasn’t that around for me back in the early days. so its really nice for me to know that you’re there for young families who need to hear that word, need to know they’ve got somebody out there that cares and puts out the good words of hope and love” Alma

Why does 98five have appeals?
How much does 98five need to raise for this month’s Voice of Hope Radiothon 2017?
Where does my donation go – are there any tangible items I can give towards Radiothon?
How long does 98five’s Radiothon run for?
How can I donate?
Is my donation tax deductible?
Is my payment secure?
Can I drop my donation in next week?
How can I share ‘my story’ of how 98five has impacted my life/my family’s life?

Why does 98five have appeals?

As a sponsorship restricted community radio station, over 50% of our funding has to come from listeners and the community. Without it we can’t exist.

For more information, visit our About Us page.

How much does 98five need to raise for this month’s Voice of Hope Radiothon 2017?

To responsibly pay all of the bills we’ve budgeted for, we need to raise $134,000 this November.

Where does my donation go – are there any tangible items I can give towards Radiothon?

Your donation goes directly to pay for transmission costs, music royalties and other daily expenses to keep broadcasting hope 24 hours a day. There are still plenty of items we need to help make our Voice of Hope louder in 2018 throughout Perth and WA.

  • News server valued at $3,000 each. This helps us download the news services to play out on air.
  • Radio grade headphone microphones that your on-air family use daily in the studios – valued at $209 each (we get special pricing thanks to our friends at Megamusic). We need eight of these.
  • 24 hours of music royalties paid to APRA/AMCOS to pay all the artists who produce the positive and uplifting music you enjoy and God uses to reach out to listeners. Every 24 hours costs us $98.65.
  • Tie-line field unit – mini “studio” for outside broadcasts. $6,000 each x 1.
  • Station security equipment and monitoring replacement $8,000.
  • Station air conditioner motor unit replacements. $10,000 x 2 (past their 10-year- life next year)
  • Station vehicle upgrade – Our Ford Territory that does all of our school visits, events and running the team around is turning six years old and we’re advised it’s best to trade in now and upgrade before it starts costing us repair bills. $29,000 (after trade in).
  • Studio “brain” computers – Our studio playout computers need to be replaced every three years. Next year we have to replace two of these at $989 each.

How long does 98five’s Radiothon run for?

Radiothon is going live on the 23rd of November and running continuously through to the 30th of November!

How can I donate?

1. Via our secure and safe website

2. EFT directly into our back account:

BSB, 306-042
Account No., 085 0932

3. Phone our friendly team on 9313 0985 during Appeal Week, 6am-6pm, Thursday 23 November to Thursday 30 November. For outside of Appeal week, phone 9313 0800 during regular office hours.

Is my donation tax deductible?

It certainly is. Any gift above $2 will receive a tax deductible receipt from us via your preferred method to help you with your tax return.

Is my payment secure?

Yes. Our regulatory, approved and audited payment facilities ensure 100% safe transactions.

Can I drop my donation in next week?

You can drop any gifts into the station or continue to donate securely online after November 30 !

A great way to help 98five budget responsibly month-to-month is by becoming a 98five Family Partner and giving a small manageable monthly gift.

How can I share ‘my story’ of how 98five has impacted my life/my family’s life?

We would love to hear your 98five Sonshine FM story. You can share it in the ‘comments’ section on our donation page. Or call one of our team during office hours on 9313 0800.

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