Inner FM began life in November 1987 when a group of local residents held a meeting to discuss the formation of a community radio station in the north eastern region of Melbourne. Several of these members are still current presenters on Inner FM.
The first test broadcast of Inner FM (or North East Community Radio as it was known then) was conducted in late February and early March of 1988 from the Heidelberg Town Hall. This test broadcast lasted for one week, during which time our membership increased greatly. Our second week-long test broadcast was conducted during July 1988 from our newly opened studios at Warringal Shopping Centre.
After a number of test broadcasts we were invited to apply for a full time broadcasting licence by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. In March of 1990, Inner North East Community Radio, as the organisation is now known, was granted a "C" class licence by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. This, however, was not the end of the test broadcasts, as the Department of Transport and Communications still had to run their tests to determine our power output and frequency allocation.
It wasn't until December 1990 that the Department of Transport and Communications finished their extensive testing. Inner FM was issued with a permanent licence on 5 December 1990, which is renewed every five years. The station was officially opened with a ceremony on the morning of 8 December 1990, involving the mayors of the four municipalities that the station served at the time - Heidelberg, Northcote, Preston and Doncaster. The ceremony was conducted on stage at Warringal Shopping Centre and was hosted by Bruce Mansfield, who was a presenter on the station at the time. The station commenced full-time operation on 10 December 1990.