PBS has a 42-year history of supporting diverse, under-represented music in Melbourne and have amassed an incredible collection of music. After 20 years of being located at Easey St, the team has recently moved down the road to Collingwood Yards.
The new station is, however, a little smaller, and after 20 years at Easey Street the team had collected a lot of music. In addition, a combination of announcers using their own record collections and preferring to use digital formats has meant that the PBS collection had been largely sitting in shelves unplayed and untouched.
“We knew that we didn’t want these records to go into landfill; we wanted to give this music the opportunity to be passed on to fellow music enthusiasts” remarked Meg Butler, Marketing Manager at PBS. “We decided that the best option was for us to auction the items, so have worked with Melbourne-based Abbeys Auctions to put together a Records and CD online Auction”.
Most of what is being auctioned is music that is now available in digital format, but collectors will be excited to see some of the early pressings and rare releases that are in this auction. It is estimated that the numbers of vinyl and CDs are in the thousands and a lucky few may pick up a record display shelf, a kitchen table with 4 chairs and other bits and pieces that were no longer required by PBS when they moved.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards the PBS Make It Home fundraiser, which will help to pay for the building and fit out of the new station. So not only does this auction provide an opportunity to give these records a second life, but it also helps PBS stay on air and sustainable into the future.
As a PBS & music lover himself, Matthew Fiedorowicz, Manager of Consumer Auctions at Abbeys was thrilled with the task of working through the thousands of records and CDs to pull together an online auction. “While there are some gems to be found amongst the 1000s of records, I think collectors will be particularly excited by the cd's. There are heaps of demos and rare releases that you'll struggle to find ever again.”
The PBS 106.7 Records and CDs auction will be online for viewing and bidding from Wednesday May 18th 2022, with the auction commencing at 10am on Sunday 29h May 2022. The items can be viewed in-person on Thursdays from 9am – 5pm at Abbeys Auctions, 80 – 86 Highbury Road, Burwood. More details here: https://abbeysauctions.com.au/auction/records-hi-fi-auction/
Since 1979, community broadcaster PBS 106.7FM has been an integral player in Melbourne’s diverse music community – with more than 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz – PBS is dedicated to nurturing, inspiring and championing Melbourne’s diverse music community.
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