1079 Life Revisited
(Investigator 183, 2018 November)
Adelaide's Christian radio station "1079 Life" celebrated 25 years of
broadcasting in October with an Open Day and guided tours, and a Gala
Dinner a week later.
"Kit", one of the tour guides, showed the group the
offices of CEO David Turrell, sales manager Ian, and Sally who handles
finances — as well as the coffee room, Board room, Broadcast room,
Prayer Hall (the Station has a prayer team of sixty), the sound
treatment room (where ads are produced and which is designed to prevent
echoes), and finally the Studio.
The photo shows the Studio along with radio announcer Jayne,
microphones, and the audio console (which combines sounds and converts
voice and music to digital). From here the signal goes to the Broadcast
room and then by microwave to a microwave receptor at Mount Lofty where
it is converted for transmission to all Adelaide.
1079 Life was called "Alta Mira FM" when visited by "Investigator" on a
previous Open Day in 1996. The location has changed too; it's now at
Butler Drive, Hendon. And a complete turnover of staff has seemingly
In 1996 the event was held to raise money since donations had declined
20%; and in 2018 finance is again a problem. The letter of invitation
by CEO David Turrell said: "The station finds itself in a tight
cash-flow situation, and we would ask you at this time if you might
consider giving us a special Birthday gift of financial support..." The
Gala Dinner invitation similarly asked for a gift and suggested various amounts.
And a 4-page brochure titled "Inside Life" added: "Running a radio
station is an expensive business..."
In 1996 Alta Mira had a staff of 16 including four radio announcers,
and the listening audience numbered 60,000. Now in 2018 the listeners
It is still an "evangelical radio station". Its statement of Vision and
Values says: "Life FM aims to challenge and influence contemporary
thinking by presenting a Biblical worldview through broadcasting..."
The Station still plays both Christian contemporary music and
mainstream, still introduces Christian artists, and still intersperses
the music with "Words of Life" i.e. with short sermon-like talks and
Bible quotations. Heard twice for a half hour on Sundays is Michael
Youssef, famous for his "Leading the Way" ministry.
The Station is described as: "an interdenominational organization run
by a board of Christian business people..." However, the Assemblies of
God, as in 1996, appear more involved, and beliefs consistent with them
such as the Universe being only 6000 years old get promoted. Paul
Newsham who hosts a two-hour Sunday night segment became an Assemblies
of God assistant pastor in 1973 and is now a senior pastor.
Alta Mira FM was launched on October 1993 by SA Premier Lynn Arnold who later became an Anglican priest.