About theLight

98.5 theLight is Albury Wodonga’s locally supported Christian radio station.

98.5 theLight is run by Albury Wodonga Christian Broadcasters Incorporated (AWCB Inc.). AWCB Inc. isn’t run or supported by any one church or denomination and we don’t have the backing of a major corporation like commercial radio stations do; our funding comes from listeners and owners of local businesses, like you.



  • In the early 1990’s AWCB Inc. started test broadcasting as 101.7 Rhema FM.
  • In 1999 AWCB Inc. applied for a Long-Term Licence for 101.7Mhz we were using. Later that year AWCB Inc. were informed AWCB were unsuccessful.
  • In 2005 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issued a Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence to AWCB Inc.. theLight began broadcasting on 28 May 2006 under this Temporary Broadcast Licence as 100.7 theLight and applied for a new TBL each year as needed.
  • Because of the introduction of the ABC News service in 2008, 100.7 theLight was allocated a new frequency on 98.5Mhz and became 98.5 theLight.
  • In November of 2013 the ACMA asked for applicants for temporary licence that 98.5 theLight broadcast on to become Long-Term which AWCB Inc. put in an application for.
  • In January of 2014 AWCB Inc. were told of our success in gaining a Long-Term Licence.
  • In October of 2014 AWCB inc. made application to ACMA to change the Local Area Plan (LAP). This increase in area will allow a larger broadcast area with better transmission locations such as Huon Hill. This application is still pending.

Our actions are governed by our constitution and policies, as well as a number of laws and regulations, including the Broadcasting Services Act (1992) and the Community Broadcasters Code of Practice (2008) (also PDF).

Our Team


As elected at the last Annual Meeting of Albury Wodonga Christian Broadcasters Incorporated.

Officers Of The Association

President – Bruce Hogan
Vice President – Brad Stratton
Treasurer – Mark Paech
Secretary [Public Officer] – Mark Paech

Ordinary Members

David James
Louise Lowe
Janelle Stratton
Phil Podmore
Pamela Ward
Barry Membrey


David Oates

Program producer, Husband, Dad, All round good guy.

Presenter: Afternoons On theLight, 3:00pm to 6:30pm Weekdays.

David brings a fun easy dive to pick the kids up and while heading home at the end of the day.


Jacqui B

Program producer.

Interviewer: 10:30am to 11:00am Saturdays 2:30pm to 3:00pm Sundays.

Jacqui lives to have a good conversation and coffee with ladies that work through the deeper parts of life.


Lauren Van Wyk

Program producer.

Presenter: Wednesday mornings On theLight, 11:00am to 12:30pm Wednesdays.

Lauren loves to find and share the very best in today’s Praise & Worship.


Bruce Hogan

Program producer.

Presenter: Friday mornings On theLight, 10:30am to 12:30pm Fridays.

Bruce is keen to promote local and Australian Christian artists.


Colin Tarrant

Program producer.

Presenter: Sunday Evenings On theLight, 5:00pm to 6:00pm Sundays.

Colin has a wealth of understanding about what the bible says about topic we all face.

Statement of Faith

We believe:

(i) that the 66 books of the Bible are the Word of God, divinely inspired in all parts1 without error in its origin2 and the sole authority for doctrine and practice3;

(ii) in the one Triune God4, eternally existent as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit5, who created the physical universe and man in His own image, by His direct and immediate spoken word6 during the six days of creation7;

(iii) that Satan is a real personality8 and an evil presence in the world;

(iv) in the pre existence9, incarnation, virgin birth10, sinless nature and life11, miracles12, substitutionary death13, bodily resurrection14, ascension to heaven15, and personal bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ16;

(v) in the total depravity of the nature of man17 and the entrance of death into the world through his fall in the Garden of Eden18, and the absolute inability of man to save himself from eternal punishment by his own works19.

(vi) in the regeneration of man by the grace of God20 and the work of the Holy Spirit21, with salvation from sin being available to whoever comes to Christ through faith in His finished work on the cross22;

(vii) in the spiritual relationship of all believers with the Lord Jesus Christ23 and witnessing to His saving grace24 and living a life of good works25 and service, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit26.

(i) 12 Tim 3:16-17; 2Psalm 19:7-9; 3Matt 7:21; 7:24; James 1:22-25;
(ii) 4Isaiah 45:5; 1 Cor 8:4; 5Matt 28:19-20; John 1:18; 10:30; 6Gen 1:1-27; 7Gen 1:1; 1:31;
(iii) 8Rev 12:7-9;
(iv) 9John 1:1; 10Luke 1:30-35; 11Luke 4:1-13; 12Luke 4:40; 131 Peter 2:24; Rom 5:18-19; 14Acts 2:24; 1 Cor 15:3-5; 15Acts 2:29-36; 16Mark 13:26; Acts 1:9-11; Rev 19:11-16;
(v) 17Rom 7:5; 18Rom 5:12; 19Eph 2:8-9; Psalm 127:1-2;
(vi) 20John 3:3-8; Rom 6:1-11; 211 Peter 1:1-2; 22Acts 26:17; Eph 2:8; 1 Peter 1:3;
(vii) 23Rom 8:17; 24Eph 6:10-20; 25 Eph 2:10; John 14:12-1`3; 261 Cor 12:4-7.

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